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.
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.
Last Saturday Berlin’s walls got upgraded with yet another amazing huge streetart mural. This new artwork, a collaboration of street artists Wurstbande, Gogoplata and Rylsee, was put together by many small illustrations based on over 380 submitted ideas and sketches of streetart fans. The finalization of the CLASHWALL was accompanied by an open air party and barbeque that took place in the empty space between two buildings on Torstraße 86 where you can still see the huge piece. I joined the festivities and took some photos that you can enjoy after the jump along with a cool video summery.
This Thursday Converse’s SNEAKER CLASH series goes into the next round with the PHOTOCLASH that is taking place at Mein Haus am See for 3 days. Several local artists will “hack” your own photos that you can submit via Twitter or bring to the event and create little artworks out of them. Sounds fun?! Than head over to the PHOTOCLASH Studio at Brunnenstr. 197/198 from April 3-5 from 18-02h. Enjoy!
Winter holidays in the snow are just not my cup of tea. You won’t find me skiing in Hovden or spending a week in Kitzbühel any time soon. That’s probably because every memory I have of being in the snow consists of having flights cancelled, wet feet, or falling on my butt. But that’s fine, luckily there’s plenty of opportunity to indulge in a short holiday for slothful people like me. For example, I’m perfectly content with taking a city break to look around museums. That’s what I actually did a bunch of weeks ago; I packed my bag, took a flight to the fascinating Turkish city Istanbul and had the time of my life. Read why and how after the jump!
Li Torres AW14/15
Those of you who follow me on Instagram have probably already noticed that I have once again fled Berlin to my second heart city Buenos Aires. I was actually only looking for sun and warmth, but what I found was actually even better: Buenos Aires Fashion Week, or as they like to call it: BAFWEEK. Of course I took the opportunity to check out some of the local designers with their shows and was pleasantly surprised about how well made the fashion week is here. Of all the shows I watched I chose my favorite ones and presented the first part on Two For Fashion and today the second here on iHeartBerlin. Enjoy my impressions after the jump!
Guys! I know I haven’t been around so much lately, but I am still here and all fruity! Last Saturday I was playing some juicy tunes at the Dorkypark Party at Studio44 (not to be confused with Studio56) after a big plush animal fight that transformed the dancefloor into a fluffy battlefield. Frank did some photos and a very special booty-shake-GIF for you. Enjoy and let’s make another fruit salad soon!
Since my earliest childhood days I was in love with books. The combination of paper, ink and colour was for me the diving board into my own fantasy world. Until the day I learned reading myself, I was forcing all kinds of people to read stories for me. My father worked for the university and we always had young students at home for dinner or even for parties all night long. I remember wandering around the crowded rooms as a little boy and picking up the prettiest girls to read a story for me. The most talented storytellers of the night would then get the honour to read from my dearest pop-up book. Like a small Houdini I was eager to impress the student crowd with the secret magic tricks and illusions my books were capable off.
Growing up I kept them and additionally started collecting more and more pop-up books. Nowadays, I have them on display behind glass in my living room. Some of these books are beautifully illustrated, some have funny gimmicks or even glow in the dark. Not all of them have an artistic or a monetary value. But all of them are impregnated with all kinds of memories from my childhood, when my imagination used to be way more vivid and was able to take me away from real life. Therefore, it let me venture deep into a fierce dark jungle with little monkeys to play, snakes to enchant and wild tigers to tame.
Our movie girl Lia’s project the KreuzbergKalender normally has their events in December during Christmas time. So having a party now seems a bit out of the ordinary, but the reason was that they won the party at Leetchi. So they celebrated Christmas in Febuary together with FluxFM at Fluxbau with a big bang. Enjoy the impressions after the jump!
Last Saturday the kids from SXX SELLS hosted their first Fashion Week special which also acted as a housewarming party for its brand new home, the Palast Neukölln, a new venue at Rollbergstrasse right next to Schwuz. The place is run by party legend Conny Opper who also brought us famous clubs such as Rio, Scala, King Size, the Broken Hearts Club, the Berlin Festival, Flamingo and P.O.P. The place is pretty big, typical Berlin old factory style and quite versatile. I hear it’s going to be an event venue more than a club with regular parties. But we’ll have to see what’s going to happen there in the next weeks and month – we are certainly excited. After the jump some shots from the first party there by the SXX SELLS crew.
photo: Oliver Rath
Last week a very special event that I have anticipated a lot happened at Volksbühne Berlin on the big stage of this prestigious theatre. Esther Perbandt, one of my favorite avant-garde designers in Berlin, celebrated the 10th anniversary of her label. Knowing beforehand what she had planned for this special occasion I was super excited.
I was one of the few photographers that were installed on stage right in the middle of the show, so I saw everything up close. When the big curtain opened the light stayed off and an eclectic experimental sound choir began to sing hauntingly. The mood was set perfectly. After a while the lights came on a contemporary dancer dressed in Perbandt gave a performance in the vain of Valeska Gert, the inspiration for Esther’s new collection titled Grotesque. It was great to see fashion combined with dance in such a theatrical manner. Once the dance was over the runway show started and models came from the side walking into the audience and back. Seeing it from the back with all the lights and people in the background was really stunning and the excellent electronic music that was playing really gave me goosebumps. What a fucking cool show! And the collection was also great to look at, the best one she has done so far for sure.
Once the show was over Esther came out with her assistant with confetti rain and standing ovations. It was such a moment of glory. As if having your name spelled across one of the most impressive buildings in town isn’t already enough this show was probably the biggest highlight of her entire career. Right after the curtains closed I gave Esther a hug and she was still shaking of excitement. Very understandable! For me it was one of the best shows that I have seen in all of the years that I went to Berlin Fashion Week.
After the jump we have 3 photo sets for you from this amazing event. On page one we have backstage photos by our guest contributor Olga Khristolyubova, on page two we have the runway photos by Oliver Rath and on page 3 we have photos from the big after show party by me. Enjoy!