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Berlin’s Forbidden Places

Berlin Underground by Jeisson Martin

How far would you go for the best shot? I’ve seen people crawl on the floor, bend over backwards and climb up lamp posts to take the most impressive photo possible. But there are some people who go much further: Stand on the edge of a skyscraper, climb onto a crane or sneak into the restricted areas of subway stations, constructions sites and abandoned ruins.

Young Berlin-based photographer Jeisson Martin is one of those crazy people that won’t be held back by a “Do Not Enter” sign to make an amazing photo. For him the extreme situation that he puts himself into at times have become part of the fun of taking photos. In a world where almost everyone who has a smartphone and the VSCO cam app can take cool pictures it has become more of a challenge to really stand out, and what better way to stand out than to stand in a position where most people don’t dare to go.

And Jeisson’s work definitely stands out as he manages to show Berlin from angles that you haven’t seen before because they are mostly taken from restricted areas and dizzying heights. We would like to show you some of his amazing shots that he made in the underground of Berlin, abandoned places and from the rooftops of Berlin. Enjoy his photos and if you want to see more you should follow him here.

Frank by Frank
on June 29th, 2015
in Photos

The Stattbad Chronicles

Stattbad Wedding Pool

Robert Montgomery, All Palaces, photo: Kai von Rabenau,
courtesy Neue Berliner Räume

You’ve probably heard the news by now: The glorious Stattbad Wedding has recently closed. This weekend the party makers of the club nights Stattnacht are throwing the last two parties in their temporary exile at one of the previously unused halls of Neue Heimat and after that an era has ended. I feel quite sad about this sudden development because the Stattbad was one of those locations that I have recommended through its entire run here on iHeartBerlin, for parties, exhibitions and other crazy stuff happening there. The old public swimming pool found a new purpose in the hands of the makers of Stattbad and the place including all its institutions such as the Open Walls gallery, the Stattbar and the Statt.lab was a wonderful experimental playground for a whole generation of creative Berliners and therefor an important part of the youth culture of Berlin for the past 6 years. It’s a shame that the place has closed so unexpectedly and there is not even a chance to have a final good-bye party there. So as an alternative we went back into our archive and compiled a huge best of from all the coverage and photos we have dedicated to Stattbad over the past 6 years and then some. Enjoy the Stattbad Chronicles after the jump and don’t feel ashamed to shed a tear for this amazing place on the final Stattnacht party on Saturday night and the open air on Sunday. We will miss you, Stattbad Wedding.

Frank by Frank
on June 20th, 2015
in Art, Party, Photos

The Queen in Berlin

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photos: Airbnb

Next week Berlin is getting a royal visit from Queen Elizabeth and her husband prince Philip. Obviously the two will be staying in some fancy 5 star hotel and will be driven around in the city in a private limousine. But what if the queen was more down to Earth than that and actually staid in a stylish Airbnb loft and took the public transport? This hilarious photo series nicely illustrates this unlikely but endearing scenario. Enjoy the early undercover royal visit from the “Queen” after the jump.

Frank by Frank
on June 18th, 2015
in Photos

The Fall of the Palace of the Republic by Gerrit Engel

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photos: Gerrit Engel, courtesy of Sexauer Gallery

The latest exhibition opening by photographer Gerrit Engel at Sexauer Gallery had me thinking of my early days in Berlin back in the beginning of the 2000s. I call myself lucky that I have been in Berlin long enough to have had the possibility to enter the former Palace of the Republic, the once glamorous Chamber of the People and cultural meeting point of former East Germany. In my early days of Berlin the place stood there grey and silently at the riverside of the Spree like a big headstone to the grave of the GDR. The space was mostly abandoned and shut down for public access. The shiny copper plates of the facade that made the building look quite impressive back in the day were long removed and a concrete block remained obstructing the view to any of the beautiful historic buildings around it, no matter from which angle you looked.

But all of a sudden the place was opened again for temporary use. I don’t remember exactly if this happened at the same time, but there was also the announcement that the building would get taken down soon, so maybe this was the reason for the city to sublet it for cultural events so they could collect some money for the expensive demolition. I remember being in there for a couple of big parties and one really magnificent big exhibitions called Fraktale IV: Tod in 2005. It was awesome to see the space from the inside used by artists for huge elaborate exhibits, but without all the glamorous lamps that I knew from photos and that gave the place the nickname “Erich’s lamp shop” it kind of just looked like any other abandoned industrial building that Berlin has so many of. Well, none of them have had such a magnificent location and such a controversial history…

Frank by Frank
on June 17th, 2015
in Art, Photos

The DMY Design Festival 2015 Photo Review

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Yesterday we paid a visit to the opening of the DMY 2015 – the International Design Festival in Berlin. Until Sunday you can still see the exhibition with its new talents and designs. With the Kraftwerk in Mitte the festival team found an amazing new location. Yet, some of the exhibition set-up could have been more adjusted to the cool looks of the industrial building – quite a symbol for the raw Berlin during the 90′s. For some of the exhibitors it appeared to be a challenge to take advantage of the great space as their booths sometimes felt a bit too improvised. Still, there were some really interesting and inspiring designs to see. Have a look at some of our impressions and favorite designs after the jump.

Alicia by Alicia
on June 12th, 2015
in Design, Photos

A Photographic Journey to the Raw Side of Berlin

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Berlin-based photographer Yuto Yamada has two favorite objects for his camera: Berlin and the city where he comes from: Tokyo. For his ongoing series Berlin Raw he is taking us on a journey to the dirty and abandoned side of Berlin with all its graffitis, decay and destruction. It’s a total contrast to his otherwise very futuristic and shiny photos of Tokyo’s illuminated skyscrapers. It’s exactly this contrast that is the appeal for Yamada.

This weekend Urban Spree gallery is showcasing some of his work in an exhibition of the same title. Get a preview of some Berlin rawness after the jump.

Frank by Frank
on June 5th, 2015
in Photos

Oben – From Berlin’s Rooftops

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For a couple of years now photographer Diane Vincent has been climbing up to the rooftops of Berlin and taking photos up there. She finds a lot of peace and tranquility on these urban and empty deserts, capturing a view of Berlin that is for many of us invisible otherwise. I have been fascinated with rooftops too, but more because I think it’s completely wasted urban living space. I think all of the rooftops would be amazing living space to enjoy the sun and to drown out the noise of the streets while still being outdoors. But sadly most rooftops are forbidden to enter because the roofs are not built in a way that they are safe to walk on. Shame really.

With her collection of rooftop photos piling up Diane has now compiled a selection of them into a cute self-published book titled “Oben” (up) which you can order now on her website. After the jump you can see some of our favorite rooftop photos.

Frank by Frank
on May 21st, 2015
in Books, Photos

Wormland & House of Calvin Klein – Photos

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The long weekend (for everybody who could take a “Brückentag) was a blast! You want to know how we made it even better? We went to the Wormland & House of Calvin Klein event and enjoyed some nice drinks, luxurious fashion, beautiful models and a charming concert by Jesper Munk. And the cherry on the cake was meeting good friends like the boys from Dandy Diary, as well as model and entrepreneur Markus. We took some photos for everybody who could not make it. Take a look at our impressions after the jump.

Claudio by Claudio
on May 19th, 2015
in Fashion, Photos

Keim – A Photobook by Matt Lambert

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photos: Matt Lambert

We’ve had talented photographer and filmmaker Matt Lambert on our radar since his short film project with Dazed&Confused and his involvement in the amazing participative theater production MEAT. Since then we’ve seen his sexually provocative work also in several amazing editorials and films including a recent music video for iconic German singer Marius Müller Westernhagen.

Matt is giving us a pretty good reflection of the current youth culture with its rebellious and overly sexualized forms of expression. In his photos and videos we see young people exploring themselves and their sexuality with a strong impulse to be as progressive and aggressive as possible, bending the rules and the social norms of what is appropriate. They glorify non-conformance, sexualize violence, and experiment with different sexual orientations and polygamy. From a superficial point of view it looks a bit like they have an inflated sense of self-importance. But my interpretation is, that they are simply confused, scared and lost in the strange times we live in. It’s a world that’s caught in a limbo between luxury, gluttony and safety on the one side and complete and utter chaos on the other. They are looking into a future that is uncertain in many ways because our past generations are leaving them a world that’s a complete mess.

Matt’s first photo book titled Keim is being released by Pogo Books today and features a good chunk of his mostly homoerotic work. Tonight (May 13) the release is being celebrated with an exhibition opening at Iconoclast and an afterparty at Ballhaus Mitte. Enjoy some of Matt Lambert’s photographs after the jump.

Frank by Frank
on May 13th, 2015
in Art, Books, Photos

Monster Truck: Welcome to Germany – A Cabinet of German Horror

Monster Truck: Welcome to Germany – A Cabinet of German Horror

photos: Skylar Kang

Experimental theater nowadays can hardly shock anybody. I have seen everything happening on stage: Blowjobs, Kiss-Orgys, dancers penetrated by giant dildos and even a whole audience who started to take of their clothes. Sometimes these pieces get scandalized in the press, but similarly to the art world the theater world mostly applauds when a tabu gets broken.

The theater piece Monster Truck: Welcome to Germany is premiering tonight in Sophiensaele and has already a scandal going on. The piece was supposed to premiere in Leipzig a couple of weeks ago but didn’t because the managing director of the theater cancelled the show. The reason: a dead pig gets dissected on stage and turned into sausages. After seeing the show, I really wonder, why something which is actually happening all around Germany every day (pigs turned into sausages) should not be shown on a theater stage. Nowadays, nearly everybody has seen so many disgusting things in the food documentaries, that hardly anybody gets shocked by that.

Apart from the pig the piece is a quite original perfomance. Its inspired by a Bavarian enclave called “Villa Baviera” in Chile. If you would go there you would think that it was a beautiful fake Germany with girls in dirndls and boys in leather shorts. The truth behind the folklore-kitsch is that it was the residence of a horrible sect and a torture camp for children for over 40 years. After it was closed in 2005 and the sect leader who molested several children got finally convicted the place was turned into a vacation resort. This absurd story is the starting point for an evening with shocking pictures and impressive stage design. Check out the photos and the dates after the jump.

Claudio by Claudio
on May 7th, 2015
in Photos, Theater