The Hot Tub Cinema hasn’t made it from London to Berlin yet, but the times of watching movies in a theatre with red velvet seats or cuddled up in bed are over none the less. We want to get out, sit in a deckchair or a blanket underneath the stars while the films flicker on an outside screen. Summer has finally come and it’s time for some Open Air film fun! Recommendations after the jump.
It is impossible to take the S-Bahn or the bus in Berlin without noticing the graffitis of Kreuzberg grafitti crew THC. You might have not actively noticed if you’re not into graffiti art, but their works and the three letters T H C are everywhere, not just in Kreuzberg. THC belongs to Berlin just like the Fernsehturm or the Döner, being a group of guys, born and raised in a Berlin of the 90s, influenced by Hip Hop music and the fast changing city. For the exhibition Almost Legal at Backyard, THC is exhibiting for the first time ever inside a room, all legal, a new experience for them and for us. To keep it underground they will premiere a video showing the work process of a piece, on the streets and barely legal. Cause may the rents go high and the streets go pretty, this is still Kreuzberg 36, right?! More about the group exhibition and the other artists taking part after the jump.
Taking a bike ride through Kreuzberg is a wonderful experience. Watching the multitudes of ethnicities creating their own vibe and vivacity in the streets, cafes and bars recharges you with an amazing energy. A place where a bike ride is always recommendable is the Kunstquartier Bethanien situated in an abandoned Hospital at Mariannenplatz. I was asked by Bettery Magazine to write about the multitudes of amazing projects going on in this building. The article series we contributed to was dedicated to the topic Recharge Berlin with Design. I choose to write about Bethanien because I can see how this wonderful exterior and interior foster creativity day by day and it shows how well historic sites can be used. Read more about it here. I also recommend the article by our dear friend Simone from Frizzi Frizzi about the Photoautomat. Thanks to Bettery Magazine for the opportunity to contribute.
Coming Saturday the exhibition Early Days – Between Past and Decay takes off with a grand opening and afterparty at Backyard. The exhibition covers film and photography of Joi Bix, Joseph Wolfgang Ohlert, DT64 and Aghia Sophie. The four artists cover the subject of early days and past each in their own way. More about the exhibition after the jump.
Last year around this time I was still very relaxed and the Christmas corners in the supermarkets annoyed me like most other people. But then I sat in our kitchen with a good friend and we came up with idea of an Advent calendar that contains real experiences instead of stale chocolate. What was said was done and relaxation was quickly replaced with excel-sheets, nights of filling paper bags and plenty of anticipation for the Holiday season. Although the KreuzbergKalender was a fairly improvised project in its first year, it was a surprisingly great success. Our handmade Advent calendars sold out quickly and plenty of friends and fans visited the events we hosted and created memories we still talk about.
Now December is approaching and we decided to give the KreuzbergKalender another go in 2012. But this time around we’d like to not only do it for our friends, but with all those cool kids interested in what’s new and exciting between Schillerkiez and Moritzplatz.
The Galaxy Note Lab is a creative workshop organized by the guys from Vice that sends 12 creative minds out to explore the different districts of Berlin with certain tasks. In the web-tv show Recreate Berlin the workshop can be followed online. In the second episode the participants are sent out to Kreuzberg to record and remix the sound of the multi-cultural district. DJ legend Clé invites them into the famous sound studio Schneider’s Büro to teach them some tricks of sound editing. Have a look at the episode after the jump.
The cosy place next to the Kreuzberg’s Prinzenbad became 2 years old and celebrates that with a big party on Saturday! There will be a special line up according to the event with music by Dirt Crew and Mobilee’s Berghain proved Hector as well as residents Engtanzkavalier and Suz on the Last Days floor. This is something not to be missed, because Backyard is going to prepare something special for sure and aims for absolutely nobody who is gonna leave the place without being totally wasted. More about the big birthday party below.
When I stepped into the X X X Berlin store in Kreuzberg a few weeks ago I thought to myself, oh my god, this is an avant-garde paradise. The look of the store, the selection of designers, the little details everywhere. It’s a dream come true for every lover of avant-garde fashion. They have amazing collections by Berlin-based designers and labels such as Mads Dinesen, Butterfly Soulfire and Tata Christiane, as well as international designers such as Barbara I Gongini and Moonspoon Salon from Denmark, Thomas from Canada, Bjorg from Sweden and Guiseppe Virgoni from Paris, who I think could be called the male counterpart of Augustin Teboul. They also have a very interesting record selection with releases by Dutch label Enfant Terrible that you could call the musical equivalent of avant-garde fashion.
When you dig further into the spacious loft in a hidden backyard at Görlitzer Bahnhof you will also find a beautiful gallery hallway and beyond that a kitchen space that is used for private dinners and presentations. There are also 3 very cool guestrooms that they rent out to artists and designers to work and sleep. It basically has all you need. I want to move in!! Have a look at our photo set from the X X X store and the details after the jump.
photos: Lucky cat
An art installation at the the crossroad of theatre and street art happened at Görlitzer Bahnhof last month and I am quite sad that I missed to see it. Heinrich, a grown up marionette, was installed by Various & Gould at the subway station. Not only the marionette itself is a beautiful piece of art in my eyes. The human interaction that happened with it seemed to be really impressive. You can read some really touching stories about the inhabitants of the area protecting the marionette from any kind of assault here. After the jump you can find some amazing pictures of Heinrich meeting Berlin.
photos: Arlette Riedel
The reason I love this city so much, is that even if I feel sometimes like I know it all, it never stops to suprise me in a good way. Three weeks ago I passed by the Mindpirates with a couple of curious friends to see how their Cardboxfight was going to be. We became the spectator of a box war mankind never saw before. Soldiers with incredible armours stood in front of each other. Warriors with not only the power to impress but also the spirit to win gathered all together to fight inside of the Mindpirates courtyard. The winner was a girl with the perseverance of a pit bull and the strength of a tree. Even if the pictures after the jump may look brutal to you. The people were not fighting with anger and bloodthirst but with a happy smile. So much fun to watch! Thanks Berlin and the crazy but talented Mindpirates for such an amazing event.