It’s unbelievable that it’s already one year since our fellow bloggers of Pornceptual started their sexy project and went on a quest to turn porn into an publically accepted lifestyle topic. The young team from Brazil really has turned the party scene of Berlin upside down with their erotic electro party bringing back the sexually liberty that Berlin was once famous for and now has totally lost in its developement towards the mainstream. With the Pornceptual parties we got a good portion of public sexiness back and we are grateful for it. Tonight the PORN by Pornceptual party is celebrating the one year anniversary of this unique project at Prince Charles. Take a look back with us to the past year of Pornceptuals nightlife extravagancas with a “best of” of their raunchy party photos after the jump (not safe for most people’s work place).
You open your eyes. And the first thing you see is a poster of Venice. You ask yourself every time why somebody chose such a kitschy poster to hang over that chair.
If you were in Venice right now, it would be embarrassing to send a postcard with that picture to your loved ones.
But when you lie in that bed, in which you sleep a few nights every year, you are happy about that yellowed sunset over the Rialto Bridge.
Because you know that if you are in Venice, you are in Paris.
As Vice put it in a recent feature: Sunday at Hoppegarten is the new Berghain. It’s a hilarious, yet unfair comparisson, but I admit these where my thoughts too when I was at the horse race course on Sunday thinking how much more enjoyable my time there was than it would be in the cement garden of the techno club.
I was invited by Warsteiner who is one of the main supporters of the Hoppegarten horse race course to join them for the Big Price of Berlin which is the biggest award for horse races in Germany. I didn’t really know how to imagine it would be. I imagined it like a day-time version of Boheme Sauvage. And actually the reality was not too far away from it. We had such a beautiful afternoon there that we remained in a daze of wonder for days to come.
It was as nostalgic as you imagine it: A glamorous picknick in the park, pretty ladies with fancy hats, dandy gentlemen, horse-shaped balloons for the kids (I bought one too though). It is a really picturesque setting at Hoppegarten. And I haven’t even started with the horses yet. Hot Like Mexico, Sugarbabe, Lucky Speed, Berlin Berlin. Talking about popculture references for horse names here. It’s really as much of an elegant sport as it was promissed to us. In 8 races spread out over the afternoon all these horses with funny names and fancy manes gallopped over the meticulously groomed lawn for the main price. Three year old stallion Sirius turned out to be the winner of the Big Price of Berlin, unfortunately none of us made a bet on him due to lack of general horse race knowledge. But it was fun nontheless and I would definately come back here for another sunny afternoon at this beautiful place full of balloons, horses and hats. Enjoy my impressions after the jump.
For me one of the most stunning events of the recent Berlin Fashion Week was the Anaglyph show at Heimathafen Neukölln. Not only was it at amazing venue for a fashion show, but also the designs were great and the projected 3D stereoscopic animations accompanying the choreography of the models were really spectacular.
It’s been a while that I made a animated GIF photo set of a fashion show, but this one was calling for it. So I hope I’m bringing a new dimension to this otherwise already fully loaded presentation. Enjoy the animated photos as well as a little video documentation about the Anaglyph project after the jump. By the way, if you happen to have a pair of stereoscopic 3D glasses (the ones that have one red and one blue glass, not the grey ones from the cinema) than you will actually be able to see the 3D effect in my photos and GIFs.
photos: Philipp Pusch
If you would even dare to try to take party photos at Berghain you would probably be banned to hell or worse. I’ve seen furious bar tenders leap over the counter to kick people out who took photos of each other with their smart phones. But luckily they can’t prohibit any kind of photography outside of their sacret premise so taking pictures of the people in front of the club is a good alternative. Recently a photoset of the people in the cue of Berghain made the rounds on the internet. And today we have a brand new one for you by young photographer and communications designer Philipp Pusch who stationed himself several weeks in front of the famous club with his middle format camera to portrait the people who went home after 8, 12 or 16 hours in the techno tempel. The result is a beautiful black and white series of 16 portraits of the young and charismatic Berghain goers who look surprisingly good after all these hours of dancing. Enjoy the series after the jump.
After all the different fashion graduates shows of last week we are now moving onward to the work of the art students. This past weekend several universaties and schools had open doors to exhibit the work of their students and graduates. The Kunsthochschule Weißensee opened their graduates exhibition on Friday at the Kühlhaus at Gleisdreieck (those fashion experts amongst you know this place from SEEK). The exhibition titled Reif is still going on until the end of the week with a few special events on the weekend and you should definately check it out as there is some great art to be seen. For me personally I liked it better the higher I went in the building. They actually use the entire space, all 5 floors and the backyard so there is a lot to discover and the art ranges from sculpture, installation, film, photography and painting. My absolute favorite was the toy man by Aimo Gräven which you can see in the detail shot above. Enjoy more impressions after the jump on 2 pages.
photos: Olga Khristolyubova
After the UdK and the Weißensee fashion shows I would like to now come to the one school that I used to study at (though not in the design department): The HTW. They don’t really have a graduates show like the other schools, but the 4th semester design students have been independantly organizing their own show for a while now. This year it was called MIDI and took place at the new Kiki Blofeld in Schöneweide, not too far from the HTW school. The HTW is mostly known to be the most technical and industry-oriented of the three public universities where you can study fashion in Berlin. This doesn’t mean that the students there are less experimental and daring with their designs. Especially in the early semesters there is a lot of room to go wild. So the 4th semester show has been once again an interesting mix of ideas and styles. We sent our contributing photographer Olga to capture some impressions for you. Enjoy!
photo: Alicia Kassebohm
Probably the most talked about of all the graduate shows of Berlin Fashion Week is the one from the UdK. It’s Berlin’s most experimental fashion school and one of the most renowned ones in Germany. Their graduates show is the only one that is part of the official Berlin Fashion Week and it takes place on the official runway of Mercedes-Benz. In the past years the UdK show hasn’t always been my favorite one, Weißensee and ESMOD also have some great talents that have shown amazing stuff. But this year the show was really amazing. Our guest author Alicia Kassebohm took a look behind the scenes and made some backstage photos for you that you can see after the jump. On the second page we also have a best of from the runway show with photos by Corina Lecca courtesy of the UdK.
photos: Olga Khristolyubova
After last year’s crazy golden naked Haute Coiffure runway show of Charlie Le Mindu at Badeschiff the guys from the Berlin Fashion Film Festival invited Russian performance artist Andrey Bartenev and his happy bubbles to be the big show act for this year’s BfFF Award Show that took place at the former silent movie theater Delphi along with a live music performance of chart-topping Dutch act Kovacs. The show was absolutely out of control, joyful and crazy and we loved it. Our talented contributing photographer Olga Khristolyubova caught some shots for us backstage and during the performance by Bartenev. Enjoy the madness after the jump on 3 pages!
I have a really distinct memory from my first night at Cookies. I was 19, fresh in Berlin and doing some crazy art projects for the gender class of my university. We were a small group of three people on the project. One of them was my best friend and the other one was my secret crush. We were working on the concept of our project until late in the night and got really drunk while doing so. It was a Tuesday night and we had nowhere to be on the next day, so we decided to go out. Venturing out for clubbing on a Tuesday night was something quite spectacular for me being a new Berlin citizen. So we went to the much talked about Cookies for the first time and I remember being really impressed by the dark chandeliers, the music, the people, the unisex toilets and everything going on in there. Unfortunately, my best friend and my crush were really drunk and out of control. At one point they even started kissing each other, which maybe is the reason why the night is still very present in my memories. Of course I was a good friend and stayed there and helped them to get into a cab (they were so drunk that they had trouble standing). Actually, I was a more sad that the night was ruined and abruptly ended by the alcohol than about the kissing itself (I really don`t know why I was so Zen that night, I was not even doing Yoga or anything).
Anyway, Cookies remained in my memories as great place to be. Now, nearly 10 years after this story, the Cookies club closes for good (while the restaurant Cookies Cream will remain open). Therefore we asked them to look into their archives to find pictures from the first parties happening there. After the jump, we would love to present to you a short retrospective from Cookies best places and nights of its 20 year old history.