Shooting videos of special moments, blogging about our latest adventures and taking selfies with our friends – all these disciplines of the new social media have become a normal part of our lives, just like writing a diary, sending postcards and taking analog photos used to be in the olden days. But while our old photo albums and letters to friends were only interesting to those who were close to us, our Twitter feeds and Instagram channels are now consumed by a much bigger audiences. So our pictures and words are now in competition with those of others which means we are always trying to be more creative, surprising and unusual with the impressions we share…
The new Ford Ecosport Challenge is exactly about that: Being unusual and standing out and sharing it with the world. In the last couple of weeks Alina from the band Frida Gold and VIVA host Jan have become the spokespeople for the challenge and were looking for the most creative and unusual people who were willing to share their adventures during the competition with the world. And as luck has it they did find them!
Berlin is not only great for its vibrant local music scene, but benefits from touring bands from all over the world bringing inspiring new music styles to the capital. This week’s music recommendation from our side is Pooma. They are a Finnish band who specialised in putting a dark twist on pop music. Inspired by the movie director David Lynch who’s famous for The Elephant Man, Twin Peaks and Mullholland Drive and his surreal aesthetic they got some impressive visuals as well that you can enjoy after the jump.
On the Showcase Night of Nordic by Nature on Thursday you have the chance to see Pooma live in concert for free at Monarch. Don’t miss this amazing opportunity and put yourself on the guestlist just by emailing to firstname.lastname@example.org. Also check their Soundcloud channel to get in touch with their vibe before the concert. More pictures and some really disturbing gifs after the jump.
Retrospectives are usually more of a common thing for older, established artists and do not fit the usual style of the fast changing league of Berlin’s avant-garde. But it seems that looking back has become the new fast forward in this town. In the case of the dancing duo Jared Gradinger and Angela Schubot we really don’t mind to see a retrospective of all their work they have done so far at the HAU Theater. Gradinger has also created the little fluffy Pictoplasma monsters we love so much and gathered some international reputation working with Costanza Macras in the past. I prefer there earlier pieces like Is Maybe to the latest, but make up your mind for yourself. Check out the Facebook event for all the details. More hot dancing pictures after the jump.
My first thought was that most concerts would probably be from music-loving amateurs. But yet again Berlin proved me wrong showing up a lot of amazing talent performing for free at this event. Check out the whole list of performers over here. You can visit up to 4 concerts in one day at the times of 14h, 16h, 18h, and 20h. Each concert takes 30 minutes and then you have time to socialize with your neighbors and walk to the next living room. The tickets are for free but you have to reserve them in advance. The whole event will finish with a final concert of all participants at the Zwingli-Church (all the details here). After the jump there are some music recommendations from us and more photos.
Berlin-based eyewear label Mykita has collaborated with cult label Maison Martin Margiela once again to bring out a collection of iconic sun glasses available in limited numbers in the Margiela and Mykita boutiques. For the release they commissioned directors Julien Soulier and Adrien Landre to create a wonderfully dreamy fashion film that you can enjoy after the jump along with more photos of the new collection.
If there is one thing going on in Berlin right now that I recommend to absolutely everyone doing it’s this year’s edition of the Olympus Photography Playground that’s currently taking place at the Opernwerkstätten. What it is is a big exhibition with nine amazing artworks by international artists AlexandLiane, 3Destruct [ANTIVJ], Clemens Behr, Dean Chamberlain, Leandro Erlich, Philip Beesley, Anna Bruns & Thomas Brown, Transforma and Maser that are actually more than artworks, they are entire sets. And the fun part about it, is that you can walk into these sets and do something that so many exhibition in museums and galleries strictly forbid: taking photos. And boy is this fun. You can either focus on the artwork and explore it from every angle with your camera, or you can jump into the picture and become a part of the artwork yourself. Let’s call this #artselfie.
To give you the best possible experience at the Olympus Photography Playground you can borrow one of the new Olympus OM-D E-M10 cameras for the exhibition and keep the SD card afterwards. Last week I took a bunch of friends to the opening and we all tried out one of these babies. While the design is reminescent of old analog cameras, the technology is slick and new. This system camera has way to many great features for me to name here, but the one that I enjoyed the most was the wireless transfer of the photos directly onto my smartphone so I could post them on Instagram. What a blessing!
After the jump you can enjoy some of our photos that we took with these super cool cameras. If you wanna play around yourself you still have time until May 25 daily from 11-19h (also on the Easter holidays). In addition to the exhibition there is also a program of panel talks, workshops and live sessions for you to enjoy.
With all the current hype around the Oscar selfies, various Instagram selfie memes such as #aftersex, #iwokeuplikethis, #nomakeup, as well as elaborate feature articles about the topic in renowned newspapers and magazines it was bound to happen: a selfie casting campaign.
As already reported last week Alcatel ONETOUCH is looking for the new faces of their upcoming global advertising campaign with the help of an Unexpected Casting. To have a chance to win you only have to do one easy thing: submit your own selfies. A jury of three famous individuals will pick the best selfies amongst all the submissions. Amongst them is one expert of self-portrayal: uber-successful fashion blogger and now-celebrity Bryan Boy. I’m sure he has a thing or two to say about selfies as he has already published hundreds of them. His fellow jury members are Cool Hunting co-founder Evan Orensten, and Fake Leather founder Adriana Gastélum.
A little how-to-guide on taking the right selfie after the jump.
I’m working for the Short Film Festival Oberhausen in my fourth year now and think I’ve been rather timid with self-adulation. But now it’s time and I want to point your attention to the short art in the Ruhr Valley. Not without current news of course! Those are the pride and joy of my colleague Jessica Manstetten. Nobody can compete with this lady when it comes to music videos! Each year she scours through the world of clips, seeking, sighting and stacking the top of the pops of the underestimated genre. In a three-day steady stare she and a commission select the best German works for the MuVi Award from submissions and select the MuVi International program from what they loved over the year. The selection for 2014 has been made and you can watch all German Clips online and Vote for the audience award since last week. A trip to the festival at the beginning of May, where the price will be awarded and celebrated with one of the legendary parties at the festival bar, is raffled among the voters…
It was a bit like the universe was against me going to Suz’ Last Days parties in the past year because whenever it happened I was out of town. But last Saturday the stars were finally aligned for us again and I was happy to be at Backyard for this special and extra fun party. I even made a big photo set for you with some GIFs. Enjoy after the jump on 3 pages.
As we already announced herewe were really looking forward to see the theater piece MEAT by Thomas Bo Nilsson as part of the F.I.N.D. Festival at Schaubühne. Before doing his own thing the Swedish stage designer, performer and director was part of the Signa group from Denmark. If you ever experienced a piece from this group before you will recognize the unique touch of analog reality in this new piece. Go after the jump for a little review and some impressions of the piece.