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Jake the Rapper meets Ben&Julia

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One of the most hilarious music videos of recent history comes straight from Berlin from the crazy artist duo Ben&Julia. It’s for the song Cookie Jar by Traffic Sings featuring Berlin-legend Jake The Rapper. It’s totally insane and we love it. These cookies are out of control! Enjoy it after the jump.

Frank by Frank
on March 28th, 2015
in Art, Music, Videos

Giant – 11 Performers, 22 Lights, 33 Hours in Studio 44

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How can I describe something like GIANT? After dropping by Studio 44 today, an endless list of adjectives came to mind; though they all sounded so equivocal the self-proclaimed “performative installation” began to lose meaning. It’s a piece spanning 33 hours between March 26-29th, featuring 5 main artists (including the always-radiant, outspoken and hilarious Tatiana Saphir aka The Fruit Salad) and many guests. The work explores spatiotemporal ideas, immersing the audience in such a formless way the line between performer and spectator quickly disappear. In many ways, the artists don’t seem to be performing at all but rather using theatrical situations to speculate discourse, which they process through engagement with each other, as well as material objects. Over the course of 33 hours, there are scheduled guest appearances, which turned out to be the only way I had any concept of time in there. I walked in expecting to take some photos and stay an hour or two to chat about the concept behind their work, but instead walked out 5 hours later, extremely content with what I had just experienced, and time was the last thing on my mind. You can find out more about GIANT and see the photos from yesterday’s run after the jump.

Skylar by Skylar
on March 27th, 2015
in Art, Misc., Theater

GERMAN-NESS: A New Web Show about Berlin

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We’ve come across quite few web shows about Berlin in recent years, but for us GERMAN-NESS might be the best one so far. Former MTV host Claire Oelkers is the face of the show that uncovers not only the beauty and uniqueness of Berlin, but also other German cities. In several episodes she meets unique characters such as musicians, photographers, artists and entrepreneurs and spends a day with them discovering the city through their eyes. The makers of GERMAN-NESS describe their format as an alternative city guide which is what initially attracted us. And that description is pretty spot on, because in this show you will discover a lot of things about Berlin that are far off the beaten tracks and that even I haven’t heard of before. I like how host Claire remains charming with a hint of German reservedness that leaves the spotlight for the guest of the episode.

So far the series has explored the cities of Hamburg and Berlin with several episodes each. In Berlin they visited some familiar creative people such as photographer Oliver Rath, musician and former Berghain bouncer Rummelsnuff, the guys behind the street art collective Peach Beach, rapper Miss Platnum, DJ and producer K-Paul, and a few more. The places they visit in each episode range from underground artist communes, huge street art murals in abandoned factories, to secluded lakes outside of Berlin. Each week a new episode is released on their YouTube channel which you should definitely subscribe to! After the jump we are showing you our favorite episode. Enjoy!

Frank by Frank
on March 25th, 2015
in Videos

Win Tickets for the Berlin Alternative Fashion Week

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Nadia + Zehra

This weekend the Berlin Alternative Fashion Week is happening for the second time and proving once more that fashion can be fun, eccentric and crazy. The first edition back in October 2014 was a total blast and took us by surprise with really amazing and entertaining shows. It’s great we finally have a platform in Berlin, that supports young and unconventional fashion that focusses on artistic and creative expression and not so much on commercial success. We loved the designers and their playful concepts to present their collections on the runway and we can’t wait to see the new shows. This time the BAFW has a program of 4 days starting this Thursday with an opening party at TRUST bar, a screening of Apollo.tv at the Nhow Hotel on Friday, a set of 3 runway shows between 14 and 23h at Postbahnhof on Saturday, and the Haute runway show at Nhow Hotel on Sunday. After the jump we have some previews of the partaking designers and a teaser video for you and we also give you the chance to win 2×2 VIP tickets for the entire festival that also includes entry for an exclusive party at Nhow Hotel. Enjoy!

Frank by Frank
on March 24th, 2015
in Events, Fashion, Party

Société des Amis. Tindermatch im Oderbruch – Theater Play at Ballhaus Ost

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photos: Magdalena Bichler

What means friendship and – furthermore – relationship in times of Tinder, Grindr and any other sort of app and hook-up service. Can you expect to have a summer romance just by chance? Meeting somebody unexpected in a strange abandoned place in Germany? We are not sure what kind of story the theater play “Société des Amis. Tindermatch im Oderbruch” at Ballhaus Ost is going to tell us. But I am pretty sure that it will be one of a kind since the director Jan Koslowsky always has his way in creating unique theater experiences with a strong storytelling and intriguing text work. Check out the dates of the play after the jump.

Claudio by Claudio
on March 20th, 2015
in Theater

Post-Wall Wonderland – Berlin Mitte in 1991

Berlin Mitte 1991

This quirky little home-made video popped up these days that shows a part of Berlin Mitte in the post-wall time of 1991. It shows some areas around Linienstraße, Tacheles, Museum Island and Oranienstraße, and more interestingly a few flats from the inside. When you look at the interior design and at some of the fashions you will realize that this could be also today… Enjoy the video by Jörg Langkau after the jump.

Frank by Frank
on March 18th, 2015
in Videos

Naked Berliners – The Daily Portrait Project

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One of the best experiences of coming to Berlin is the opportunity to meet new people. Berlin has so many wonderful people living her or passing through. And for a lot of people who visit or live here this is what makes the city special to them. The openness, the diversity, the beauty of the difference.

For Czech artist Martin Gabriel Pavel it must have felt exactly like that. And he thought to himself: What better way to meet new people in Berlin than taking pictures of them naked. Yes, in any other city you would probably not have a lot of success, but here everything is possible. Daily Portrait Berlin is a kind of chain reaction started by Martin and now living a life of its own. He started the process by taking a picture of Elle in her apartment. Naked. She than took his camera and made a photo of M who in turn took a photo of Jonathan and so on. The next one in line can be a friend or a stranger. He or she doesn’t have to be naked. It could be you. See the first results of the series of 365 photos after the jump and follow the project on here.

Frank by Frank
on March 16th, 2015
in Art, People, Photos

Introducing: Years & Years in Berlin

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I think it’s not an overstatement when you call the band Years & Years the next big thing. Their new single King that has just been released in Germany on Friday is a huge hit in the UK right now, rightly so! When I tuned into the track recently I was totally hooked and the video by Nadia is also really amazing. The band is coming to Berlin next month as part of the Introducing concert series along with the bands Romano and Formation. The concert is going to take place at Bi Nuu on April 23, 2015. You shouldn’t miss it and check out the awesome video to King after the jump, it will make you wanna dance immediately.

Frank by Frank
on March 14th, 2015
in Music, Videos

Berlin Goods: The Wireless World of Raumfeld

Raumfeld photo by iHeartBerlin

After we featured local products such as molecular popsicles, geometric handbags, home-delivery cocktails, and many more in our series Berlin Goods we have a new one for you which was “born in Kreuzberg, raised in Schöneberg and is now grown-up in Charlottenburg”. It’s probably the most cutting-edge one in our series and we are excited to talk about it here.

RAUMFELD began life as a Berlin startup back in 2008. Led by the motivation to improve the quality of digital sound the founders, Stephan Schulz and Michael Hirsch, developed a high-end wireless speaker system with multi-room streaming. Wow, that goes clearly far beyond the average hand-made design object that you normally come across here in Berlin. Since last year’s opening of the Bikini concept mall Raumfeld presents their pride and glory in their first showroom and boutique inside the new contemporary shopping paradise. We visited them in their store and talked about their impressive systems and speakers and what role the Berliners play in their work.

Frank by Frank
on March 13th, 2015
in Products, Shops

Skateboarding Berlin – An Homage to Charles Bukowski

Skateboarding Berlin

One topic that we have shamefully almost completely neglected here on the blog is skateboarding in Berlin. We have so many great places in Berlin to skate, not only those specifically set up for it, but also all those urban wastelands of the city that are perfect for it. The Berlin-based filmmaker duo Voe have dedicated their latest short film to skating in Berlin. Their beautiful video is an homage to poet and writer Charles Bukowski and shows some Berlin charme following a skater through the city. Enjoy the film after the jump.

Frank by Frank
on March 12th, 2015
in Videos