In the last few years Berlin has become a magnet for people who want to start a new life and a new career here and more than ever before people from all over the world are moving here to try their luck. In the beginning it was mostly people who have already been here before and were somehow in the know about the infrastructure of the city. But things have changed. The city has evolved and the type of people who come here have changed, too.
With iHeartBerlin we have always tried to give a bit of guidance both for those who live here, but also for those who are new in town or are planning to come here, either for having a good time, or for starting a new job or university program. While we are mostly giving advice in terms of places and events what’s been missing here is some general guidance to the process of moving here, including choosing the right district, finding an apartment in Berlin, getting the basic stuff for the house and how to get around town. These are all important things of your own Berlin story and today we would like to contribute to that.
After the jump we will give you some basic advice about moving to Berlin and we’ll also be pointing out a new contest where you can win 3 months rent-free in a lovely Berlin apartment.
If you’ve been around town today and spotted a transparent truck driving in the streets that was carrying a slick blue sports car you haven’t been dreaming! You most certainly came by the mobile showroom of the new Ford GT that is passing through Berlin today and tomorrow (August 25 and 26, 2015) hitting the most popular spots of the city including Alex, Potsdamer Platz, Ku’damm, Gendarmenmarkt, the Victory Column and many more.
As a little tribute to this impressive new car I created a set of 3 new architectural collages in the style of my previous Kreuzberg collages that melt the aesthetic of the Ford GT with some iconic landmarks and contemporary architecture of Berlin. Enjoy this new series and get more info about the car and its tour through Berlin in the glass truck after the jump.
photos: Dietmar Eckell
I know you guys have loved our features about the abandoned places in and around Berlin including the Beelitz Asylum, the airport Finowfurt, the Teufelsberg spie station and the Blub swimming pool. Now we want to show you something even more haunting and exciting. The German photographer Dietmar Eckell is specialized in lost and forgotten objects and buildings that he finds all over the world in the most secluded and isolated places. He has a fantastic series called happy end that is about crashed planes where all the passengers survived but the plane still remains in the place it landed. These photos are also available as a book. RIP is another series that documents relics of the war, deserted military compounds and vehicles. He also photographed old olympic sites, discontinued train tracks and abandoned churches, all of which have been overgrown by nature. Eckell’s photos are so adventurous and mysterious that they will make your phantasies go wild thinking about the stories that are attached to these abandoned places and man-made objects.
If you want to see his work live in huge fine art prints you are in luck! This Wednesday, August 26 at 18h, Eckell is opening his new solo exhibition Restwert – Forgotten in Nowhere at Galerie ErsterErster at Pappelallee 69 in Prenzlauer Berg. The exhibition will run until September 12th, 2015. Some of his photos after the jump.
photo: Analog Berliner
When I moved to Berlin in 2000 I chose to live in Friedrichshain. This was 15 years ago now, as you can imagine the district looked quite different back then. There was no Berghain back then, no crazy party mile at Simon-Dach-Straße, no Veganz at the Warschauer Bridge. There was already an alternative hub at the so-called R.A.W. temple, but it was nothing like the pulsating RAW area with all the clubs, bars, galleries, etc. that it is now. In fact it was a little bit tranquil back than, more of a normal East Berlin residential area, but with a few bars here and there.
I stumbled over this video that I want to show you today, that has been recorded back in 1991, only a few years after the wall came down. It shows the district like you would never recognize it if you only know it now. It’s a bit shaky and totally random, it follows the way over Warschauer Straße into the tram line that is now the M13 and than through the kiez that it still passes through today. Only everything looks completely different. Enjoy the little time travel into a stripped down version of Berlin Friedrichshain as it used to be.
When I first visited South Tyrol a few years ago I immediately fell in love with this beautiful and unique region in the North of Italy. I have been back now two more times to discover it more and each time made my affection for it even bigger.
It’s not just the picturesque look of the region with its luscious green valleys surrounded by a stunning panorama of mountains. It’s more than that. It’s the friendliness and openness of the people, the mix of modern and traditional culture, the food, the air – just everything seems like straight from a picture postcard.
To give you a bit of a better idea, what exactly fascinates me so much about it and why you need to visit there as well I put together a list of 7 reasons why South Tyrol is so awesome. Enjoy after the jump.
In the last couple of years many people have had a bit of an awakening in terms of food. Organic supermarkets, vegan restaurants, locally produced products and special diet catering are some of the new developments that we find ourselves surrounded with and that are replacing the old sources for food for more and more people. Some like to call it a trend, but I think that’s not what it is. It’s a change of mind, it’s the realization that the food industry is selling us shit that is bad for us and the world. It’s a development caused by education and I think for a big part we have the internet to thank for this. We no longer have to be slaves to traditions, habits and mainstream supermarket products. Because now there are food blogs, cook books, organic shops and delivery services out there that supply us with knowledge, recipes and ingredients for a better way of eating.
Ella Woodward is one of these people who are pushing the health food movement forward with her blog Deliciously Ella. She is, you could say, the British version of our own Berlin vegan expert Oh Sophia, and she too has now released an amazing cookbook that we want to introduce you to today. After the jump we will give you a little insight into Deliciously Ella with a list of 7 of her most important basic ingredients that make excellent healthy replacements for milk products, white flower, and refined sugar. And on top you can win one the books!
photos: Philipp Pusch
Last year young photographer Philipp Pusch made a big wave with his Berghain portrait series fertig. Now he has a new project coming up that we want to introduce you to. With his series kurz vor gestern he captures scenes of urbanity in melancholic and mysterious black and white photos. The combination of the human body with geometric forms of human-made objects and structures is one of the most prominent qualities of his photos.
He has now compiled the best work into a photobook of the same title, that is being released this Friday at Gordon in Neukölln. You can get a preview below and follow the series on his tumblr.
After weeks of preparations and anticipation it was finally time to reveal the Berlinferno on Saturday at Blogfabrik. Young Italian artist Nicola Napoli has created a huge artwork for the Absolut Art Bar series that is a tongue-in-cheek response to all the criticism Berlin has received lately and an interpretation of all the worries and fears that Berliners have about the changes of their city.
For this event we turned the Blogfabrik, our new co-working and event space at Kottbusser Tor, into a pink inferno full of eccentric fantastical creatures. It was so much fun to change up the place and re-use all the modular furniture, it was almost like a play-set for grown-ups. It was such a pleasure to work with Nicola who has such a creative mind and so much wit, and also with the guys from Absolut who proved yet again what a modern and progressive brand they are by letting us create a world around our idea and message. Thank you for making this such an enjoyable collaboration!
We were super happy about how everything came together in the end and how many of you showed up to the opening to have a drink with us. We also want to thank our super charming live act Heather Sparx who gave a great performance filled with her joyful synth pop tunes and lots of good energy and glitter, and of course to our DJ teams Rydim & Ricardo Esposito and Dada Disco who both played the most amazing music for us. Enjoy the photos after the jump.
photos: Chris & Eric Phillips
For two years now our friends from Pornceptual have undressed Berliners for their parties, short films and photos and fought against prude and stuck up mentality and for a more liberal attitude towards sex and the human body. It’s been a fun and sexy ride to watch these guys and their project grow to what it is today and give something huge back to Berlin.
This Saturday they celebrate their 2nd anniversary party at Prince Charles and we thought it’s a good time to look back at 2 years of Pornceptual. Enjoy our little photo retrospective after the jump and don’t miss the party on Saturday. Be ready to porn…
The classic Converse Chuck Taylor, one of the most iconic sneakers of all time, is up for a reboot. Launched earlier this week, the new Chuck II comes as a high top and low cut in 4 different colors, with improved materials and functionality, turning this classic sneaker into a piece of contemporary footwear.
To celebrate the release, Converse teamed up with some of the world’s most creative visual artists and photographers to create artworks in the spirit of the new Chuck Taylor All Star II. After the jump you can see some of these.