Videos

A Dance on the Rubbles of the Abandoned Blub Water Park

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One year after the burning down of the Blub, the coolest water park Berlin ever had  that was shut down in 2005, this cute music video, “The Ballad of Shelley and Hamza”, is bound to bring back memories both to those who used to have fun at the water slides in the 80s and 90s, as well as to us who visited it when it was already abandoned. “The Ballad of Shelley and Hamza” tells the story of two people, who, on their way to find themselves, they found each other; It is an entirely imagined, unconventional cross-continental love song about 2 friends from university, performed by James McBreen and recorded on a boat on the River Spree. In the music video, the two performers dance all over the abandoned place and through their moves they bring it back to life. Coincidentally, it was filmed only 2 weeks before Blub was burnt down last July. It’s a collaborative project between Overland Originals and Kopper Kollektiv, both Berlin-based creative production companies. The dancers, Berlin-based Samuel Olatidoye from Italy and Natalie Deryn Johnson from New York, met only 10 minutes before they started filming, James told us, but looks like they managed to find their common rhythm pretty fast.

Stella by Stella
on July 18th, 2017
in Music, Videos

Turning the U-Bahn into an Opera

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The BVG has done it once again! Seemingly not shying away from raising the level of self-ironic absurdity with each new “Weil wir dich lieben” ad campaign, their new video shows how a normal subway ride turns into the U-Bahn version of Mozart’s “Magic Flute”. Does that sound a bit odd to you? Well, then you should watch it maybe.

The Berlin U-Bahn, actually it’s nothing more but a daily necessity, bringing us from A to B. But, a necessity that takes up a lot of our time, on uncomfortable seats, in crowded stations watching little yellow wagons rush in and out. We love to hate it, ….and kind of hate to love it. With their campaign the BVG aren’t afraid to ridicule themselves, their flaws, and “Schienenersatzverkehr”, while also making a ‘lil fun of us, the ever complaining Berliners, who kind of act like the world is gonna end just because we missed one U-Bahn (and the next one is 4 long minutes away).

Anyone whose funny bone is tickled by the thought of a collection of Berlin folks randomly going all ‘Anne Netrebko’ in the underground should watch this video.

Andy by Andy
on July 6th, 2017
in Videos

Berlin Spree – A Millennial Parody

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In the last few years, Berlin has given refuge to creative souls from all around the world who were in search of a cool yet affordable place to call home. Berlin offered them that, and so much more, with its distinct, unique lifestyle becoming every young person’s fantasy. That fantasy, and its disillusionment is being captured and satirized by musician Joel Montagud and writer Hayley Bracken in their video “Berlin Spree”, and we think it’s hilarious!

The video follows a female protagonist as she muses over the appeal of life in Berlin, and what this generation gets (or fails to get) out of it: and it’s so funny because it’s so true. The video itself is a testament to Berlin’s inclusive, pro expression expatriate community and ‘hipsters’ willingness to satirize themselves.

Stella by Stella
on June 28th, 2017
in Videos

Kinky Yoga Sessions in Berlin

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Berlin loves fusing things. We thought it couldn’t get any better than last year’s Beer-Yoga trend. But never mind, Berlin is always good for a surprise, and apparently, so is Yoga. The next big thing is just around the corner: Kink Yoga. Get into it.

Inspired by the recent video from Reflective Desire, a kinky collaborative united in their love for latex, Madeleine White, Yoga instructor at Kreuzbergyoga, decided that it’s about time for a new Yoga movement. So, on Friday you can get on your finest Latex / Kink outfits and get into some sexy, sweaty Latex Yoga – Wait what? But then again, why not, right?

Andy by Andy
on June 21st, 2017
in Videos

Dancing the Essence of Berlin

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Works of art that combine unique, atmospheric movement with Berlin as their setting always catch our eye: it is with pleasure that we introduce to you our recent discovery, the Berlin-made Frantics Dance Company, through their super cool new video, FRENESI.

FRENESI, Spanish for frenzy, ‘a violent exaltation of a feeling or a passion’, was created through the collaboration of the dance group with the director Derek Pedros. Inspired by Berlin’s raw beauty and darkness, FRENESI takes us all around Berlin, shot at different locations like the Gretchen club, Marameo, Theatre Stahl and Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm Center, taking us on a journey through the dancers’ captivating energy.

Stella by Stella
on May 8th, 2017
in Videos

Amazing Berlin Short Films & Videos

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This city has always gone hand in hand with artistic creation, being generous in providing artists with a safe space to freely express themselves, as well as serve as a major aesthetic inspiration. Film makers in particular, often use Berlin’s diverse setting as their canvas upon which they unfold their  stories, each one triggered by a different aspect of life in this Wonderland. We are excited to present you these Berlin-themed short films, which capture Berlin’s unique vibe perfectly, and speak to all of us that are hypnotized by the city’s magic spell.

It has been this love for Berlin and for art, that lead iHeartBerlin in collaboration with Mobile Kino to organize  the 4th edition of the Berlin Film Nights, a program of screenings dedicated to Berlin-made feature films, short films and TV series, that will take place in May and June 2017 and include the anticipated movie Berlin Syndrome and the TV series 4 Blocks by TNT Serie. You can submit your own film until May 15th, screenings will start on May 19th, 2017.

If the prospect of sharing your work with other Berlin lovers wasn’t enough to motivate you, perhaps this piece of info might help, as the best short film wins a cash prize of 1000EUR; all to be enjoyed in the city, in escaping the city, or maybe invested in the winner’s next short film. Submit yours now!

Stella by Stella
on May 3rd, 2017
in Videos

A Sexy Kind of Ghost Story

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This wendsday our friends of Pornceptual will take over Griessmühle in collaboration with Mobile Kino to present you with a collection of 5 sexual short films under the bright Berlin sky. Highlights will be the premier of “Holy Fuck” a documentary that goes behind the scenes of the art collective Pornceptual, “Coming of Age” by Jan Soldat and “Call me a Ghost” by Noel Alejandro. If you’re ready for an evening of poetic pornography, make your way to Neukölln.

Andy by Andy
on April 29th, 2017
in Videos

A Free Private Piano Concert at Hermannplatz

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A little while ago passers-by at Hermannplatz were treated to a very special private experience. A pianist was sitting right in the middle of the square offering a little concert for those who dared to sit with him and put the headphones on. In the little video documentary you can see some of the people who took advantage of the free seat and it’s lovely to see how moved some of them were.

The video comes from the guys from RAWCreation who also brought us the lovely video about the rooftop piano concert that posted a while ago. Enjoy the new video below.

Frank by Frank
on April 5th, 2017
in Music, Videos

A Breakdance Session in a Lost Place of Berlin

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Today I stumbled across a cool breakdance video that was shot in an abandoned place in the outskirts of Berlin. I’m not 100% sure which place it is, but my guess is Beelitz Asylum. I do recognize the artist though, it’s Plotbot who has such a distinct style. You can actually find his amazing artwork in quite a few of the abandoned places of Berlin.

But coming back to the video, it shows a dreadlocked dancer performing a blend of contemporary and breakdance in the staircase of this old sanatorium accompanied by a pretty cool beat. I like how his style, the dance, the place and the music come together here quite nicely. And it helps that his outfit kinda flies off at some point, hehe. But have a look for yourself and let me know if you recognize the place…

Frank by Frank
on March 21st, 2017
in Videos

A Mysterious Burning Lantern in Kreuzberg

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There she is. A lantern burning all alone. In the quietness of a Spring night in Berlin Kreuzberg. Nobody is walking around, because it is still too cold to go for a walk at night. It’s not night anymore, still it’s not day yet either. But the brightest light is without any doubt the lantern itself. Flickering like a friendly fireplace without looking damaged or vandalized at all.

This weird setting is somehow quite explanatory for the work of video artist Johannes Vogl. The Berlin-based artist creates sculptures with everyday objects and often thermodynamic manipulation. His had a bit of a viral hit on big platforms like Nowness with a video showing a burning swing.

But for me personally the burning lantern is my favorite one. Not because it is so charismatically situated at the 3-Länder-Eck where the canals of the river Spree of Treptow, Kreuzberg and Neukölln meet. It’s more the meditative and ghostly surreal effect that this video has on me that made me want to write about it. See for yourself. The burning lantern and a couple more videos by Johannes Vogl, after the jump.

Claudio by Claudio
on March 20th, 2017
in Art, Videos