With Berlin’s seemingly endless grey skies and unpleasant weather, we always get a bit melancholic during the winter months. Sometimes the only thing that helps is to put on your headphones and really dive into that feeling. Good thing that there are a few bands around the city that capture what it can feel like to live and love in Berlin.
Nadine & The Prussians are one of these bands. They have played the bars and clubs of Berlin for some years now, going through line-up changes and finding the right sound. With tender melodies and a love for detail, the duo fills their own niche in the vast spheres of dream pop. Over the laconic energy of their guitar sounds sings Nadine’s distinctive clear voice. The songs reflect on love and loss in places where everyone is on the move and everything is always changing. If you have ever moaned about the noncommittal ways of life in Berlin, you will know what she is talking about.
This year Nadine & The Prussians will release their first record on Phinsterbush Empires and the first single HOUSE is out now. After the jump we have the exclusive premiere of their new video.
photos: Alicia Kassebohm
Sometimes more simply IS more. That’s how it went at the 10th anniversary party of Monster Ronson’s Ichiban Karaoke on Monday. Despite many other special guests and performers, like Ziúr and ReveRso, the band Eat Lipstick quite rocked it – not only by celebrating birth(day), when Mad Kate came out naked underneath Anita Drink’s dress. If you didn’t wake up with glitter everywhere the next morning, you’ve cleary done something wrong. Enjoy the photos after the jump.
You open your eyes. And the first thing you see is a poster of Venice. You ask yourself every time why somebody chose such a kitschy poster to hang over that chair.
If you were in Venice right now, it would be embarrassing to send a postcard with that picture to your loved ones.
But when you lie in that bed, in which you sleep a few nights every year, you are happy about that yellowed sunset over the Rialto Bridge.
Because you know that if you are in Venice, you are in Paris.
With his latest Spring/Summer collection for his label Barre Noire designer Timm Süßbrich remained true to his casual, yet elegant lineage, this time under the heading “Life is a Pool”. In double-row he presented looks with clear forms from the men’s and women’s line that one could wear on practically any occasion. In addition to an Aztec pattern one could also find Timm’s beloved flower and leopard designs – especially eye-catching in a two-piece-suit, cleverly combined with a leather midi skirt or flowing trousers. Vibrant colours together with muted nuances and soft shades of pastel made a great combination. The outfits were rounded off with shimmering details on skirts and jackets and splendid round mirror shades. To get a closer look enjoy my backstage and runway impressions after the jump.
Talented young Designer Franziska Michael knows how to create distorted beauty. From dark fairytales to tennis yard love we are in love with her abstract fashion creations from the beginning of her short but powerful career. Guest editor and photographer Alicia Kassebohm visited her show for us and was more than impressed with the distorted barbie creations.
“Team FM”, Dogukan calls to the models after going through the runway order with them. Surely one quickly realizes that this team interacts in a positive and fun way. Franziska Michael knows how to work contrasts and how to present an exciting show. The current collection embraces experimentation and is inspired by sportive 90s style and Science Fiction. It was not without reason that there was a rollergame pinball in the middle of the studio.
When it comes to the materials, there are skilful combinations of mesh, varnish, leather, neoprene, latex body suits and even hair ﬁxed on sweaters – all worn to sneakers, belly tops, patterned leggings or wide cut trousers and jackets. Distorted barbie heads combined with blue lips or a net gym bag with ice cream cones made out of plastic.
All in all, the collection is modern , extraordinary and comes with a wink of the eye – some already said it’s the best one of Franziska Michael. More photos after the jump.
Our new guest contributor and talented photographer Ole Ukena has a very unique way of exploring and viewing the world surrounding us. For iHeartBerlin.de he discovered a totally different side of Fusion Festival, far away from the big dance floors and main stages. Enjoy his captivating pictures and his thoughts.
It’s been 4 years since my last Fusion. It’s been quiet a journey with this festival which started in 1997. Like most festivals it started really small and it’s goal is to create a “parallel society” without borders, vacation communism (Ferienkommunismus) as they call it. You can dive in on many different levels, watch acrobatics, learn finnish tango, dance to techno, discover amazing bands from all parts of the world, watch art installations or just get as fucked up as possible and stumble around. The choice is yours. More pictures and thoughts after the jump.
Berlin is a hub for creative minds from all over the world and offers endless opportunities for designers, painters, actors, musicians, photographers and more. Are you a creative mind who has recently moved to Berlin and are looking for ways to connect with other artists and get involved? Figuring out how to get started can be a bit daunting.
Fortunately for you, there are already a number of local community projects here in Berlin bringing together artists of all types and connecting them with other artists as well as potential clients or collaborators. Learn more about three of them after the jump.
Our new guest author Anabel will share her Berlin discoveries with you every once in a while. Follow her stroll through the concrete jungle:
It does happen relatively rarely that I find myself on a tiny rooftop balcony instead of the movie theater that I actually planned on visiting. With a bottle of lime beer in my hand and an excellent view of a merry-go-round.
But last Sunday I was reminded once again that I do live in Berlin – and that, around here, nothing should strike you as a surprise. So if you happen to be looking for the cinema ‘Sputnik,’ you will find the hidden entrance to it in a backyard’s backyard. That the stairs shoot five floors high and that there is no reliably functioning elevator shouldn’t raise any eyebrows, either. And that, upon reaching the upper floor, a glowing red little world with tiny balconies opens up unexpectedly should actually be considered logical – Berlin, you know.
Dabs Myla, Shoot The Moon
This Saturday, Berlin Schöneberg’s Bülowstraße will see a very exclusive group of international and local urban artists unpacking their stencils, cans, tapes, brushes, glue, cutter, foil, paperboard and so on, to utilize the shop windows and facade of a building that is currently mostly unoccupied. This is “Project M/“, a temporary art project that has the goal and objective to improve the neighborhood, to push creativity and to connect artists and communities. Urban Nation with director Yasha Young is the creative force behind this exciting art project.
For the installation this Saturday she joined forces with L.A.-based Thinkspace Gallery and together they came up with an amazing roster of artists from around the globe: Alexis Diaz (La Pandilla) from Puerto Rico, stencil artist C215 from France, Nosego from the US, the Aussies of Dabs Myla, the Berlin-based Low Bros and many more will be part of the project. Once the artists are finished with their work on the evening of May 17, a large, colorful Open-Air Gallery will be realized, on view for all passers-by until the next round of Project M/. And as if that’s not enough the Urban Nation office just across the street opens with a huge pop-up show named LAX/TXL on Saturday, too. More info about that one after the jump.
mural by Rone, photos by Henrik Haven
Have you been to Schöneberg lately? It’s more than just a rumor that good old West-Berlin is striking back against the hipster areas of Mitte & Co. While at parts of Potsdamer Straße some cooler things are already happening, the area of Bülowstraße, connecting Potsdamer Straße and Nollendorfplatz, still looks quite uninviting. Until now! Just a little while ago our team of Urban Nation settled at Bülowstraße 97 to bring color, life and art, art, art to the Kiez and all of Berlin!
Urban Nation, that is a brand new institution relating to the growing, colorful and international movement bundled up in the description of Urban Contemporary Art. Our first activity is named Project M/ and it has been realized three times already with some amazing artists. It is the baby and brainchild of our Direktor Yasha Young, who is inviting and connecting artists and curators from around the world. As a result, a group of international and Berlin-based artists comes together to change the facade and utilize the 10 large shop windows of a building just across the street of the Urban Nation headquarter. How that works and what it looks like you can see in photos and a small film just after the jump.