Whenever I speak with people who tell me about their plan to move to Berlin I always listen to their stories patiently before sharing my enthusiasm about the city that will make them want to come here even more. But very often I also give them some cautionary advice about the city. We all know the stories how easy it is to get lost here. It’s a feel-good-place with many possibilities to have fun and get distracted from what you actually came here for. And before you know it you start subletting your WG-Zimmer to tourists, crash at your friends’ places and spend your rent money every weekend on drinks, drugs and club entrances. Your German classes, internship applications and uni enrollment will be quickly forgotten. Berlin is such a temptress in that way.
For me this whole concept of getting lost in the Berlin is perfectly captured in the new video by Rangleklods. You see a lot of the mentioned Berlin lifestyle in it and it’s obvious how it’s on the one side very cool, tempting and sexy, but on the other side also a little destructive and dangerous. The man behind the band started out a few years back here in Berlin but has since then relocated to his home country in Denmark and added another vocalist to the team. Maybe the video to “Lost U” is a little homage to his time in Berlin? I’m only guessing… It’s definitely a very promising preview of the new album that will come out in May. On May 14th they will be playing live at Bang Bang which you shouldn’t miss! Enjoy the video after the jump.
Our article about the Men of Sugar at Berghain is one of the most successful art posts we’ve ever had on the blog so we thought we give you a little look behind the curtain of how this amazing sculpture by Australian artist Joseph Marr that is installed inside the bar of Berghain has been created. The sculpture (which the artists prefers to call an object because it wasn’t actually ‘sculpted’) shows a chain of men intertwined with each other in sexual embraces. But what is most interesting about it, is not the explicit sexuality of it or the place it was put on display, it’s the fact that it’s entirely made out of sugar. But before the sugar there was the flesh! The production of the piece of course required some real men to get down and dirty and of course which better place to look for them than the infamous Berghain itself. So these horny devils are not a product of the artist’s imagination, they actually exist and where scanned in 3D while doing what they are now doing for eternity inside their glass coffin under the bar counter. Check out who these men are and how this sculpture became a reality after the jump. And stay tuned to iHeartBerlin for exciting news about Joseph Marr’s upcoming solo exhibition…
Aspirational by Matthew Frost
Did January’s Fashion Week and February’s Berlinale leave you inspired? Thankfully, there’s a platform to unleash your ideas and creativity: The Berlin Fashion Film Festival. Since 2012, the BfFF has been an exciting event that takes place once a year to present the fashion film productions of creative minds in front of a festival jury. They hold open calls for submissions, and award the best films. When disciplines converge in art, it does more than bringing two mediums together. They are at once a reflector and propeller of one medium to the other. In the case of the BfFF, the short films I’ve seen cleverly unearthed the forms and textures of fashion through an experimentation and exploration of cinematic techniques. Click on to get a sneak peek of this year’s submissions, and don’t miss the deadline to enter your own film into the competition!
It’s been quite a while since we published a nice short film on a Sunday like we used to do. Even if there is no real big connection to Berlin I had to show you this hyper-romantic short film called Fawns by Greek director Thanasis Tsimpinis. Actually I could not care less about the hot naked protagonist (I know, nobody believes me, but I tried at least) but I am much more into the gentle voice and the sensible story behind the short film. I think you have to watch it to get the goose bumps I feel right now just to think about the story of this stunning black-and-white film reminding us of how sometimes in order to protect the ones we love, we have to let them go. To enjoy the video follow the fawn.
With Berlin’s seemingly endless grey skies and unpleasant weather, we always get a bit melancholic during the winter months. Sometimes the only thing that helps is to put on your headphones and really dive into that feeling. Good thing that there are a few bands around the city that capture what it can feel like to live and love in Berlin.
Nadine & The Prussians are one of these bands. They have played the bars and clubs of Berlin for some years now, going through line-up changes and finding the right sound. With tender melodies and a love for detail, the duo fills their own niche in the vast spheres of dream pop. Over the laconic energy of their guitar sounds sings Nadine’s distinctive clear voice. The songs reflect on love and loss in places where everyone is on the move and everything is always changing. If you have ever moaned about the noncommittal ways of life in Berlin, you will know what she is talking about.
This year Nadine & The Prussians will release their first record on Phinsterbush Empires and the first single HOUSE is out now. After the jump we have the exclusive premiere of their new video.
photo: M Dortomb
Even though it’s the final day of Berlin Fashion Week we once again would like to take a little peak over to Paris to see what’s going on at the menswear Fashion Week over there. Today one of the most important shows of a big fashion house is going to happen there and we have once again the live stream here for you right after the jump.
While the womenswear line of Louis Vuitton has undergone a massive relaunch with the switch from Marc Jacobs to Nicolas Ghesquière the menswear has stayed as it is with designer Kim Jones and his contemporary and elegant style. Let’s see what he has in store for the boys at the show which starts today (January 22nd 2015) at 14:30h.
When I checked out the new video by Sir Serch that a colleague had sent to me I was sitting in the subway surrounded by people. I had to laugh out load at one part of the video and felt a little embarressed about my little public outburst, but the part is just so good. Here you have Berlin-based rapper Sir Serch doing his thing and walking into this vintage store somewhere in Kreuzberg or Neukölln to meet his gang. But his gang has changed, you could say they have been gentrified by hipsterism. And their exchange about it is quite hilarious and to be honest there is quite some truth in it, of course immensely exaggerated. But actor Tom Radisch is really just to good in his role of a total douchebag. If you like German rap or not doesn’t matter, you will certainly enjoy this video. And remember, if you don’t have a beard, you don’t belong here!
In his new cute little pop song Choose Your Fate local musician Max Koffler describes Berlin as a place where you can air your brain and as a playground for people to enjoy. I really share this sentiment about Berlin and often also use the term playground to explain the city to people when they ask me about it. I have met so many people who have come here from different places and circumstances that were somehow frustrating for them for a variety of reasons. Somehow Berlin became a haven for people who come here to be able to breath, live and be creative or just do nothing and relax. I know the city is changing and picking up the pace with other big cities in Europe. But I genuinly hope that somehow Berlin will remain some kind of playground for us. Enjoy the song and video and a little GIF right after the jump.
Sometimes you just wanna go wild in the Berlin U-Bahn and be all bad-ass, punk-rock, ghetto-kid style. Well, at least that’s what’s going on every Friday night in the U8… For their 3rd anniversary our friends from Kaltblut Magazine borrowed these popular Berlin antics and shot a short film in the bathroom stalls, subways and photo automats of Berlin starring Elizabeth Ehrlich, directed by Tatjana Meirelles, produced by Jack Alexandre and with fashion and styling by Berlin-based streetwear label Nico Sutor. The result is a typical Friday night out in Berlin – with tits out and all! Enjoy and congrates to the makers of Kaltblut for their 3rd anniversary!
What could be a better distraction from the cold weather and gloomy light than a multimedia storytelling book about a special summer love. The Berliner by choice Christian Ludwig created a unique book storytelling project with a bunch of friends and artists. His novel Moritz & Ivahn is a love story set on wobbly legs. Two guys and a mysterious girl have an encounter that will have emotional consequences for all of them. We do not want to spoil more of this love triangle story. But you can be assured that its intimacy and strong narration will make you wish this books never ends.
What makes this creative project so special is the attempt to bring many art forms together. Two songs where created by the musician Earthkeptwarm to give the whole story a soundtrack. Photos by Chris Phillips, a music video and illustrations by Jacobo Labella create a visual background for the story. I can identify very strongly with the idea of a project where multiple artists from several disciplines contribute to one amazing result. On November 28 2014 the book was released. Find out how to buy it after the jump.