I don’t know what’s up with us but lately we are feeling so nostalgic and enjoy sharing some more historic things about our beloved Berlin, may it be about the Berlin wall, the post-war period or the wild 80s of West Berlin. Today we have yet another look into the 80s, but this time of the East part of Berlin. We found this interesting propaganda film from the GDR that shows the capital of the country in all its glory. It has tons of footage of the same places that we cross every day, but in an entirely different look back then. If you ignore the exaggerations and glorifications from the speaker this is actually a really nice document of time that gives you a good impression of how Berlin looked at the time (even if it was maybe only for the moment of filming) and how the GDR would have liked to be seen by the people. The video and some of my favorite stills after the jump!
photos: Jule Müller
Berlin is a place of unconventional ideas and I think that pretty much applies to all possible things, even something as traditional as a wedding. This beautiful new video by the wedding film makers Hearts on Tape shows a wild Mexican-style wedding taking place at the nightclub Wilde Renate. It looks absolutely beautiful and fun and unique and it’s totally how I imagine the cool folks of Berlin getting hitched. What it is is the new music video for the Moewe Remix of Moby’s new song Almost Home. Enjoy the beautiful video and some photos from the set of the film shooting by the talented wedding photographer Jule Müller (one half of the fabulous Im Gegenteil) after the jump.
Berlin is full of surprises and in some way everything goes. The queer cyberpunk post-porn series Neurosex Pornoia by Eric Pussyboy and Abigail Gnash is one of these surprises that hit us out of nowhere. Of course it should not be a surprise because with projects like Pornceptual, the big success of the Porn Film Festival and long-forgotten sex clubs like KitKat on the rise again a pornographic video series was just about the next natural step. With its geeky, punky and trashy style the show is pretty much a niche thing but with its references to sci-fi and porn it will surely tickle the interest of a bigger audience. It tells the story of a world where sex can be translated into code that can be downloaded, but of course this goes terribly wrong and what was meant to be pleasure becomes something else. So far there are two episodes out and a third in the making. Tonight you can watch a screening of the first two episodes at Altes Finanzamt and again on May 14, 2015 as part of the feminist queer art film festival by Coven Berlin. Enjoy the trailers and some impressions after the jump.
The Spring is not only the time to redecorate your house, start a new affair, get a last-minute gym membership to prepare for summer time and to enjoy the first warm days, it’s also the time to plan your vacations and trips for the year. Of course we are not all going to be here in Berlin all the time and as we are a travel-eager bunch here we would like to give you a few recommendations of where to go in our Travel section.
Today we have an interesting urban exploring project for you that will lead you on a tour to the amazing European cities of Lyon, Antwerp, Bristol, Copenhagen, Florence, Istanbul, Budapest and Hamburg. Initiated by French footwear label Palladium the tour will follow video journalist and blogger Georgia LA from sbtv and photographer and Instagram genius Emmanuel Cole to these cities who will meet up with local insiders and discover the underground scenes and most exciting places. As you can see the tour consciously avoids the big European metropolises such as Paris, London, Rome and (well) Berlin, and instead focusses on less travelled places that are gaining more interest for contemporary travelers in recent years. We salute these choices and cannot wait to see the findings of the tour that will be published on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter all hashtagged with #palladiumexplorers.
On May 11, 2015, the tour will start in Lyon where our explorers will meet the guys from local webzine and visual agency Paperboys who will show them around in their city. The smiling gentlemen in the photo above is one of them, by the way. After the jump you can see a first trailer for the tour and get a first impression of Lyon. There will a few documentary films shot and lots of amazing photos taken. Everyone who is also traveling to or living in these 8 cities is welcome to join the project and give insider tips to our explorers and win amazing prices along the way.
We all know about the tumultuous past of Berlin and the many scars it has left on the city. We’ve all seen black and white photographs of the dark and sad history. But rarely have we seen moving pictures in colors of the time after the war when the city was in ruins and the people where shoveling through the debriss. Now a video surfaced that shows Berlin in 1945 after the war – but thanks to video retouching by Konstantin von zur Mühlen the partially unreleased material is in color and high def quality. It’s quite stunning to see Berlin like this and learn a little bit more about its history. Enjoy the film after the jump.
When is someone truly German? In “Past Present Tense,” filmmaker Christa Joo Hyun D’Angelo creates a discourse on racism that provokes us to examine the question of German identity and its relationship to racism of the past and present. Through the years of social and political transitions, Germany’s identity has been shaped into the contemporary society we know. This film encourages the audience to analyze their perception of class, race and privilege on a national scale, though I couldn’t help but notice how prevalent the issue was in Berlin alone. Through the intimate stories told from the perspectives of Germans of minority descent, I found both solace and frustration in hearing about their experiences and opinions, much of which often go unheard and unseen in Berlin, as topics like racial discrimination may be too fragile for conversation when our society has been working to repress the past. So are we still infatuated with past ideals? Click on to examine the question of racism in contemporary Berlin and see some of the film highlights.
photo: Yonca Cavus
Tonight you’ll get a taste of fresh indie pop from Hamburg live at the Berghain Kantine. The three guys from Pool have made a few rounds at several festivals in the past years including Melt!, South by Southwest, Fusion and the Reeperbahn Festival and now they are finally releasing their debut album Snacks & Supplies on April 24, 2015 which is gonna be a perfect soundtrack for the upcoming summer. The upbeat record is showing guitar pop from Germany at its best with catchy tunes and a down-to-earth attitude. The new video for the first single State of Mind is a little short film with a modern day Bonnie and Clyde story. Too bad the boys from the band are not in it because they are quite the eye candy. Let’s look at some photos of them and enjoy the video after the jump. And go check them out tonight live at Berghain Kantine!
For the longest time of my life in Berlin the appearance of street musicians made me want to change the car of the subway or the side of the street. For some reason only the least talented people on the planet seemed to be the ones who decided to play live in public here. But in the past few years this has changed. A lot. Now all of a sudden I find myself amazed by the quality of the music that we get to hear now in the U-Bahn stations. I guess the influx of people coming to Berlin in recent time also brought some talent.
The Busker Diaries is a new video series dedicated to the most talented street musicians. The term Busker itself is pretty new to me, I guess it’s a a shorter and more sexy way to describe that you play music in the streets and make a living from the donations of the people and self-produced CD sales. Of the three episodes that have been released so far we like the first one the most with the blue-haired Katie O’Connor who makes really good folk music. Enjoy the film after the jump!
For the upcoming Berlin Festival and the Re:Publica conference the makers of the Busker Diaries are hosting open stages that still have some available slots for musicians. If you are interested you can contact them through their Facebook page.
Rae Morris is one of these women that make me wonder why on Earth British female pop singers are so much cooler than American ones who can merely be accounted for being guilty pleasures. But the British (and Irish) women of pop just seem to be made of cool without dressing like prostitutes and acting like teenagers. Think of Bat For Lashes, Roisin Murphy, Lilly Allen, Adele, Amy Winehouse, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, hell even Kylie Minogue is one cool little nugget.
Rae Morris is probably more on the left field of pop music with her gorgeous debut album Unguarded. The first comparison that comes to mind is Bat For Lashes, but Rae’s music is a little more down to Earth I think. Songs like Skin, Closer, Cold and Do You Even Know? are the type that you will instantly fall in love with because they are so memorable with great lyrics. But what makes them even more enjoyable are the stunning videos directed by the equally talented Nadia Marquard Otzen. Check them out after the jump!
UPDATE: The tour dates have changed. On June 10, 2015 Rae Morris will play live at Privatclub starting at 20h. Don’t miss this talented young lady!
Normal. What is that? A word, whose meaning is different to everyone. It includes and excludes. Everything that is different, not normal, should change. To become normal. Therefore, we strive to be different. Better, more beautiful, richer. Individual. Different, not like the others. In a word, normal.
Because if we are all equal, nobody is special anymore. But if everybody is special, then everybody is equal. We want to be special, but we want to be treated normally. We want to love and be loved. We want to live. We want health, comfort, happiness. And at least a smile each day.