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The One and Only TV Tower – Constructing the Symbol of Berlin

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photos: Bundesarchiv

When you think about all those metropolises of the world and what each of them uses as their main trademark (New York the Statue of Liberty, Paris the Eiffel Tower, Sydney its iconic Opera House, London the Big Ben, to name only a few examples) it seems almost odd that Berlin would have something as ordinary as a  TV tower as their most prominent sight. Every major city has one of those so it seems kind of like an uninspired choice. So how come both Berliners and visitors love this particular TV tower so much that they raise it above more distinctive buildings like the Brandenburger Gate or the Dom? Is it the unique spheric shape of the platform? Its reflective, faceted surface? Its central position within the city? The fact that Berlin is built so low that it stands out so much an can be seen from almost every major street? There are probably more facts that make the TV Tower of Berlin unique compared to those of other cities. But maybe the answer is much simpler…

Frank by Frank
on February 9th, 2016
in Photos, Stories

Berlin from Above: The Best Viewpoints of the City

Viewpoints of Berlin

Berlin’s beauty is in the details. Yes, despite being a very popular city, it is not exactly known for, let’s say, the typical understanding of beauty. People like this city for more subtle reasons. But we think it’s also a matter of perspective. When you take a few steps back and look at it from a distance – more specifically from above – you see the city in a whole new way. Things that you normally only realize when you spend more time here become very obvious: How green the city is, the massive parks that function as green lungs of the city. How low the city was built, almost devoid of sky scrapers that mostly give cities with skylines a very generic look. From the distance you will see the more iconic constructions of the city and how much they stand-out, details that every other big city would simply swallow in a jungle of concrete.

We should look at Berlin from a bird’s eye view way more often and appreciate this different kind of beauty! To give you an overview of where you can get this perspective, we selected our favorite high viewpoints for you. A little shout-out to some of our Instagrammers from our #berlin exhibition who made a big portion of the photos after the jump.

Frank by Frank
on February 5th, 2016
in Places

Deep Web – An Immersive Experience at Kraftwerk

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This week the impressive Kraftwerk Berlin is showing an lazer and sound installation by Christopher Bauder and Robert Henke as part of the CTM Festival 2016. Deep Web is a moving, luminous architectural structure that weaves 175 motorized spheres and 12 high power laser systems into a 25 meter wide and 10 meter high sculpture of light and sound. It’s a really immersive experience to see it and a total must-see. It’s still open daily until Sunday, February 7, 2016. The video after the jump gives you a good impression, but you really have to see it live!

Frank by Frank
on February 5th, 2016
in Art, Videos

The Berlin Broken Hearts Club

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Today we have a very special piece for you that was submitted to us by one of our lovely readers. It’s a poem about the so-called Berlin Broken Hearts Club and it pretty much sums up the fate of many lost hearts in the city. We love the humorous approach to it, because what else are we gonna do than take it light and mend our broken hearts with a good laugh about our miserable selves. Welcome to the Berlin Broken Hearts Club, you lovely single girls and boys!

Frank by Frank
on February 3rd, 2016
in Stories

XConfessions – The Sex-Positive and Feminist Porn by Erika Lust

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photos:  Erika Lust Films

Yeah yeah yeah, sex sells. What kind of sex though? When you watch recent music videos, a lot of them could be a trailer for a dirty flick, for sure. Sex is a part of pop culture and sneaks in everywhere, making suggestions, taking advantage.

The porn industry – despite the millions of free films online – is still a billion dollar industry. Somehow, it is also a barometer of how society thinks about sex, I guess. Depending on what new genres come up, it says a lot about where the culture stands, what’s up and coming – pun intended.
Erotica for women is a rather newer genre. Erika Lust is – no pun intended this time – the shooting star of it, you could say.

Frank by Frank
on February 1st, 2016
in Movies

Never too old to Rave

Wandervogel Euphorie Gunther Krabbenhoft

photo: Francesca Camilla

In Berlin, you’re never too old or too young to rave. This is pretty much the message of this joyful new video starring Berlin’s hippest senior Günther Krabbenhöft, who you can see dancing and partying around town, with young and old. I love how this video shows the diverse side of the city: people with different backgrounds, even kids, just having a laugh and a good time together. It can be so simple and so sweet: that moment when you realize that we can all coexist peacefully together, with no racism, ageism, sexism and other bad “isms” and phobias. Berlin is a place where we can all be together and be who we really are without other people judging us. Let this feeling become even stronger in Berlin, because we have a few more things to overcome. But for now, let’s dance through the streets a bit like Günther here…

Frank by Frank
on January 30th, 2016
in Music, Party, Videos

7 Must-See Exhibitions in Berlin, 2016

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Debbie Harry (Blondie), 2014, photo: Florian Kolmer

New year, new art! In the next couple of weeks some really awesome exhibition will be opening (and already are) so we thought it’s time for another big exhibition guide to give you some recommendations were to see great art in Berlin in the beginning of 2016. Especially now in Winter when you don’t want to spend too much time outside it’s one of our favorite things to do: Go to the galleries and museums.

We selected a really fun and interesting mix for you including all the disciplines of art ranging from painting over sculpture to our favorite: photography. We have some big international names in our list such as Helmuth Newton and Ettore Sottsass, but also some long-standing local photographers such as Andreas Fux and Florian Kolmer. Enjoy our art highlights for early 2016.

Frank by Frank
on January 27th, 2016
in Art

The Most Explicit Form of Love

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With LOVE the provocative director Gaspar Noé is bringing us one of the most sexually explicit movies into the the cinemas that we have seen in a long time, and in this case even in 3D. Actually, the regular multi-plex might have a hard time actually showing this one, because it’s THAT explicit, so you will more likely find the film in more alternative movie theaters.

Even though the title suggests otherwise, this is not a sweet love story, this is the story of a broken man who thought he found love, messed it up and now suffers from it. What he thinks was love pretty much resembles some of the best and most intense sex that he has had with a former girlfriend and that pretty much let’s the viewer wonder how much this character really understands the actual concept of love which clearly goes beyond that. However unlikeable he seems to us, the sex scenes are quite fantastic and not as seedy and sensationalist as you would expect. The intimacy and passion seems real and, like it or not, it will get you in a certain mood. Especially the threesome scene is regarded as a highlight amongst fans of the film. We love that the director is breaking the norms of cinema by openly showing sex as part of relationships and life as explicit and beautiful as it is.

If you want to have a chance to see it here in Berlin our friends from Mobile Kino are hosting a late night screening of the raunchy film (in 2D) at Griesmühle this Wednesday, go check it out. Some photos and a trailer after the jump.

Frank by Frank
on January 25th, 2016
in Movies

Looking at Berlin Fashion Week from a Distance

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Shih Chien University Show, photo: Alicia Kassebohm

Another Fashion Week season is in the history books and with it another week that has been accompanied by bickering and ridicule about our Berlin-version of the world-wide industry event. It’s been going on for years now, it never really got better. The articles trashing it, the comments on social media making fun of it. It’s almost like a sport to spit on Berlin Fashion Week and getting high-fived for it. I personally prefer to look on the bright side: The amazing fashion talents that are presented here!

Frank by Frank
on January 25th, 2016
in Fashion, Photos

Berlin Goods: Furniture & Accessories from Nutsandwoods

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photos: ourfoodstories

Making furniture has always been a dream job for me. My dad is quite handy when it comes to working with wood, he learned a lot from his father who was a carpenter, and so he also taught a couple of things to me. I think it was a pleasure for him to see that I picked up on it and it gives him great joy to give me tools and machines for Christmas. In fact, even without having studied design or going through a practical education, I have designed and built quite a few pieces of furniture and interior objects in my life. But I never turned it into my main profession. Shame, really.

It comes naturally that I have always admired people who make furniture. There is something fundamentally sexy about creating something beautiful with your hands from raw materials. Of course the character of Aidan from cult TV show Sex and the City, the heart-throbbing furniture designer that the main character Carrie has dated over the course of a couple of seasons, has added to the idolized prototype of a furniture maker.

When I discovered the furniture label Nutsandwoods from Berlin and read the story of its founder Philipp Roessler I felt a similar sense of admiration. Here is a man who had a plan: I want to make a table of raw, natural materials that will last longer than a life and that looks super cool and timeless. (Goes and makes such table. Bam!) He basically only wanted to make this table for himself, but with incoming requests from friends and acquaintances he started to produce more, went into serial production and added more furniture designs such as benches, couch tables, chairs, shelves, lamps and other smaller accessories to his portfolio. The label Nutsandwoods was founded and now, years later, he designs not only for people’s homes, but also for shops, showrooms and trade shows. As his latest addition to the collection he designed lounge chairs from steel and fine leather, a couch and a sideboard, all of which with his signature style and favorite material: local oak tree and steel.

You can find the designs from Nutsandwoods here in Berlin at Hallesches Haus. On Sunday, January 24, they are celebrating the launch of the new designs and host a sample sale, so go check it out!

Frank by Frank
on January 23rd, 2016
in Design, Products