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The Watching Eyes at Kottbusser Tor

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For a few weeks now a quite special installation has been gracing the Kreuzberger Zentrum at Kottbusser Tor. Hanging from the balconies of the apartments you can see black and white close-ups of the eyes from the residents of the building. The installation wants to give a face and a voice to the people who live there and who are under threat to be pushed out of their homes due to the usual real-estate nightmare that’s going on in the city. I think it’s a good idea to protest the developments in this way because for those real estate investors often the people are just numbers on paper, their lives and their stories don’t matter to them, mostly because they are invisible to them. But they are real people and it’s about time that all the real estate sharks are faced with the reality of them. They are watching you now!

Frank by Frank
on October 10th, 2017
in Art, People, Stories

An Antidote for the Missing Summer in Berlin

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Heading into the colder season I find myself oddly disappointed with what is normally the highlight of the year: Summer in Berlin.

I know, what is the point of lamenting it any further. It is what it is, and there were a couple of nice days. So we shall not complain too much. But you can’t take the summer away from the Berliner and at the same time also his right to complain. You need to leave him at least one!

I don’t see myself as someone who complains much about the weather. I try to keep an optimistic spin on things. But hell, this year really stretched my limits. I wasn’t at the lakes once this year, because on those 3 days where it would have been possible I had to work. This is not ok. We Berliners have to suffer through so many grey months and cold weathers the short but intense summers are completely necessary for us to recharge our batteries (and good will). I looked at those last couple of months pass by us without giving us much of a summer with great frustration. The temperatures were so skewed I think I have never felt cold and sweaty at the same time this often (maybe it’s also my progressing age?). And on top of that I even missed the train to book a end-of-season short trip South to get my summer fix and now it feels a little too late for that.

Frank by Frank
on September 20th, 2017
in Videos

Blogfabrik’s Content Creation Week 2017 Closing Party Photos

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Last week the co-working and project space Blogfabrik that we are a proud member of, hosted its very first content conference – the Content Creation Week – full of insightful workshops, inspiring speeches and panel talks with some of the most talented creative content creators of Berlin. It was an exciting week for us at Blogfabrik and we were thrilled to invite so many visitors into our space who were eager to learn from us. The week was a big success for us and I can confidently say this is probably going to happen again soon.

Of course every great event has to come to an end, and it should be celebrated accordingly. We took over our downstairs bar Feger at Oranienstraße and invited everyone involved and our guests to have a drink with us. I took some impressions of the party that I would like to share with you today. There are going to be more features about the Content Creation Week coming up at our Blogfabrik website, so stay tuned!

Frank by Frank
on September 18th, 2017
in Party, Photos

Berlin’s Iconic Subway Design as a foldable Chair & Table Set

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When product designer Stefanie Grau asked me if I would like to design a piece of furniture and become part of her newly formed grey collective I was more than thrilled to say yes. She had developed a set of chairs and a table that are fully foldable thanks to a high-tech fiber that connects all the parts. The idea is that when you fold the chairs or the table into its flat form they become canvases. So they are not only practical and easily stored, they can also become decorative items on your walls.

With a design so universal and minimal it really felt like the sky is the limit. Fellow collective members 44flavors created a quite colorful pattern, while Sara Parsons decided to go for a minimal design with lines and curves. Stefanie herself also designed a few sets going for subtle color surfaces and gradients.

For my own surface design I decided to do something very Berlin, giving a reference to one of the most iconic things we have here: Our yellow subway. I picked up the color palette and also created a version of the iconic blue and red seat pattern that incorporates yet another famous Berlin symbol (I detail which I dare you to find yourself!).

Frank by Frank
on September 15th, 2017
in Design, Products

A Preview of the Urban Nation Street Art Museum

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After a year of suspension and anticipation it’s finally the time: Germany’s first street art and urban art museum Urban Nation is celebrating its big opening this coming Saturday (September 16th 2017, at 19h) and we had the chance to take a sneak peek and snap some pictures in advance!

Urban Nation has a really compelling history here in Berlin. Founder Yasha Young started the project in 2013 by organizing exhibitions on the many empty facades of Berlin’s building. We owe many of Berlin’s cool street art murals to her. Before that she used to run an urban art gallery in Berlin and New York, but the few walls of a gallery space were simply not big enough for what she envisioned. With Urban Nation of course there was a masterplan behind it. Funded by the Berliner Leben foundation and designed by prestigious architecture bureau Graft she created the first museum for street art and urban art in Germany – right in the heart of Schöneberg. Thanks to the ever changing murals in the neighborhood the whole area around Bülowstraße has now been transformed into a hot spot for urban art. Whole building facades are covered with artworks there which is quite the contrast to the many grey residential buildings in Berlin.

Urban Nation aims to become not only an exhibition space for artists who used to present their work on the streets, but also an archive for urban art like it never existed before anywhere. It’s an exciting edition to the art and museum scene of Berlin and we are excited to see what the future holds for this place.

Make sure to join the grand opening reception on Saturday at 19h and the neighborhood fest that will happen on Bülowstraße surrounded by a lot of new artworks on the buildings and streets.

Frank by Frank
on September 15th, 2017
in Art, Galleries, Museums, Schöneberg

Lollapalooza goes Berlin Horse Race – Festival Impressions

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After last year’s visit at the Treptower Park the joyful music carnival that is the Lollapalooza Festival unfolded its tent at the unusual location of the Hoppegarten horse race course. Embedded into the normally unused inner circle of the race course the festival had a much more straight-forward set-up than in recent years at the park and and the former Tempelhof Airport which made orientation much more efficient. It felt like it was also easier to locate and reach all the special areas of the festival such as the Fun Fair that was once again hosted by Absolut, the Kidzapalooza grounds and the Urban Nation exhibition cube.

Like last year we had the pleasure to visit the Lollapalooza with our partner Absolut. It was hard to miss their involvement in the festival thanks to their big bottle-shaped gate to the fun fair that also acted as a viewing platform, as well as multiple big glittering bottles. At the Absolut bar they served their newly revised Absolut Lolla cocktail made of Absolut Lime, wild berry soda and fresh berries. There was also a couple of other fun activities such as the photo booth, a flower crown workshop à la Midsommar and a little performance inspired by the Swedish tradition of Saint Lucy’s Day with illuminated creatures and a glowing unicorn. Some impressions of the visually stunning festival below…

Frank by Frank
on September 12th, 2017
in Music, Party, Photos

7 Wisdoms Earned from 10 Years of Blogging

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I remember 10 years ago when I started this blog there were no points of reference out there for me. Blogs were just something totally new and we all kind of didn’t know where things would go. I certainly didn’t expect that the blog would one day become the main thing for me taking over my personal and professional life completely. I’m so grateful that I followed my instincts and interests and just went for it. It was a difficult step for me back in 2011 to quit my day job and focus fully on iHeartBerlin, but these six years that came after were more fulfilled and happy than all the time before. I learned so much in these years, it’s a lot of trail and error, testing boundaries, starting over and jumping into the unknown. But the experience and knowledge I gained is something that I never want to miss.

When I became part of Blogfabrik 2 years ago I knew that this would be a place where this knowledge and experience would some day also be transferred to other people starting projects and working in digital media. With the upcoming Content Creation Week where me and my fellow Blogfabrikanten will hold workshops, lectures, key notes, panel talks, the time has come now for me to share with the next generation. To give you a bit of a taste of my own workshop that is about long-lasting and successful content I have gathered my most cherished wisdoms of 10 years of blogging.

Frank by Frank
on September 7th, 2017
in Stories

10 Years of iHeartBerlin – Thank You & Photos

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I am still quite overwhelmed with feelings of joy, especially now going through all the fun photos of our special night (if you have more photos send them to us!). 10 years is a very special number, but I’m glad that we could do this big number justice. Teaming up with the Olympus Perspective Playground was an amazing opportunity that I am so proud of and thankful for. Being surrounded by the amazing artworks of this immersive exhibition and the stunning venue of Kraftwerk was just much better than I imagined it to be. And by the amount of euphoric faces that I saw during the night I am confident to say I was not the only one.

Frank by Frank
on September 4th, 2017
in Art, Party, Photos

Celebrate 10 Years of iHeartBerlin with us!

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This coming Saturday on September 2, 2017 we will be celebrating 10 Years of iHeartBerlin at the Olympus Perspective Playground Berlin 2017 at the stunning Kraftwerk Berlin. We invite all of you to join the event!

iHeartBerlin that started out in the summer of 2007 as a fun party chronicle and is now one of the most influential online magazines about Berlin, covering all aspects of your Hauptstadt life – keeping you all company whether you’re singing Karaoke at Mauerpark, feasting on delicious burgers at Schlesi, or dance the night away at Berghain. It’s not only a celebration of 10 years’ worth of blogging, but most importantly – a celebration of the Berlin community spirit that just keeps us driven every day!

Frank by Frank
on August 28th, 2017
in Art, Events

Lipsticks & Attitude against Right-Wing Populism

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photos: Steven P. Carnarius

All this right-wing movement going on in the world right now, you got to be kidding me! These people need to get it together already. It’s 2017 for crying out loud, you would think by now we have all moved beyond being whiny-ass bitches scared of everything and everyone that is different than them. But apparently not, I guess it takes a couple more centuries to realize that we’re all different kinds of people living side by side and no-one’s taking anything away from anyone just by being there and being different and it’s all gonna be okay if we just stop waiving those torches and hayforks in the air like some mad medieval faire.

Given Germany’s shady history it’s all a bit more hush hush here with the right-wing shenanigans. But it’s there: the racism, the homophobia and transphobia, discrimination, assault; you name it – we got it! But sometimes we forget about it because the media is relatively calm about it. But talk to anyone who is not white and straight and they will be able to tell you stories that will make your toes curl.

Frank by Frank
on August 15th, 2017
in People