Art

Playing at Kotti: A Game Carpet of Kottbusser Tor

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We already enjoyed the illustrated version of infamous Kottbusser Tor by Nicola Napoli a lot. But now there is a new illustration out there by Vidam, created for Muschi Kreuzberg in the style of a game carpet for children. Apparently it is actually going to be available to order soon on their website.

As child-friendly as the carpet might appear at first sight, the devil is in the detail: It’s probably a nightmare come true for every Prenzlauer Berg mom to see their kid play between syringes and dog poop, but hey, that’s just the reality of Kottbusser Tor…

Frank by Frank
on November 26th, 2016
in Art

Beautiful Berlin Boys: A Portrait Series by Ashkan Sahihi

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We’ve already mentioned Ashkan Sahihi as the author of the captivating and personal portrait series of women in Berlin. Born in 1963 in Teheran, the photographer grew up in Germany, and today he lives in Berlin, shooting pictures for publications like “Zeit Magazine”, “New Yorker”, and “Vogue”.

His most recent project, however, references to the time back in 1987 when the author, still pursuing his artistic identity, moved to New York. There, as he recalls in the foreword of the new photo book, he met other young men, like him searching for their own ways of fulfillment, forming a community that encouraged all forms of self-exploration.

Michalina by Michalina
on November 25th, 2016
in Art, Photos

Plattenbau meets Street Art Murals: Art Park Tegel

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Whatever your opinion on the murals at Art Park Tegel might be, I bet their sight will not leave you indifferent, which is actually the true purpose of art; the ability to convey feelings through opening the door to fruitful dialogue, to peaceful exchange of opinions, to communication.

Nikos by Nikos
on November 17th, 2016
in Art

Leaf the Train: An Intervention in the Subway

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Their name fits Berlin’s quality of being a playground for grown-ups. Here you can try out all your crazy ideas and it doesn’t matter if you succeed or fail, it’s all about living it out. For the street art crew TOY this is true in the most literal sense.

Just last week we chuckled about their live intervention with an S-Bahn train that received some flower pots glued to their windows. And this week we received yet another, even more spectacular one: They filled up a wagon of the U-Bahn with Autumn leaves and played around in the fun mess. But how do you get dozens of huge garbage bags full of leaves into the train without being noticed? Their latest intervention video shows how it was done…

Frank by Frank
on November 16th, 2016
in Art, Videos

Rough Berlin meets Futuristic Tokyo

Berlin/Tokyo by Yuto Yamada

Last year we already introduced you to the work of Berlin-based photographer Yuto Yamada who captures abandoned places of the city for his ongoing series “Berlin Raw“. This year he is back with new photos of Berlins forgotten, dirty corners, but for his new exhibition he juxtaposes them with the futuristic and glossy Tokyo full of illuminated billboards and neons. The two very contradicting perspectives of two very different cities is a strong contrast but also something very personal to the artist as both cities represent a part of his life, the past and the present, even though aesthetically you could think it’s about the future and the past. Enjoy a preview of these fascinating places in Berlin and Tokyo below.

Frank by Frank
on November 9th, 2016
in Art

The Ultimate Berghain Satire: A Fan Shop

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Sven Marquardt on a big bike ride or a Segway tour through Berlin, joining Bachelor nights as a special guest and bouncing tourists at the Checkpoint Charlie? What the hell is going on in these videos and what on Earth does anything Berghain-related have to do with mainstream tourism things you might wonder. All the clues lead to a dubious online shop masked as an official Berghain merchandise store selling souvenirs such as the original Berghain stamp, I heart Berghain T-Shirts and Sven Marquardt rubber masks. Is this a complete nightmare or a dream come true for Berghain fans (and wannabes)? You will be tempted to buy (at least the stamp for practical reasons) but on the check-out you will be informed: “Sorry, we’re sold out!” Huh, how peculiar…

Could this be a comment on the recent news that Berghain was elevated above all other Berlin clubs as a cultural venue bringing it to the same level as concert halls and theaters (and ultimately in the position to enjoy reduced taxation)? It would make sense. Receiving the stamp of approval by the city is in a way the ultimate sell-out for an underground techno and sex club. Or is it not?

Frank by Frank
on November 8th, 2016
in Art

Street Art in Berlin: The Interaction of Murals

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photos: alexberlinetta

Street art is alive and kicking in Berlin; what better proof for this ongoing development than the several new murals scattered all over the city? The best part is that you are most likely to discover a new one, every time you take a different path on your way to work, home, etc.; and while you are walking down the street immersed in and overwhelmed by your worries, you lift your head and there you see one: colorful or in black-white, depicting figures or people, they are always striking; as if they have the power to grab you from the pool of thoughts you so gladly swim in, and show you a different world, much more refreshing and easy-going. On the pictures below you can see people (inter)acting with the murals consciously and unconsciously. It is truly remarkable how present they are in our everyday life and how they can have an impact on our mood so easily.

Nikos by Nikos
on November 3rd, 2016
in Art

Wild Wild Berlin – Photographs From Past Times

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photo: Sebastian Mayer

Three photographers, three decades, three visions – that is the subtitle to a photo series about Berlin that brings back memories of its wildest times, subculture and underground scenes. Berlin is a city that is dynamic, fast and constantly changing. These photos are testaments to a rebellious and fascinating past.

Valerie by Valerie
on October 19th, 2016
in Art, Photos

Reading the Tarot in the Darkrooms of Berghain

Nicola Napoli Berghain Tarot

illustration: Nicola Napoli

Tarot cards, zodiac signs or Turkish coffee cups won’t tell me how to find the perfect boyfriend in Berlin or a job or a flat. None of these ancient traditions can be used as a measurement of destiny here in this town. Because when you live in Berlin the normal rules don’t apply. You have to create your own faith no matter what. And sometimes this faith will bring you to strange places like the darkrooms of Berghain.

Some visitors might not see the magic that is spelled all over the former heating station situated in Friedrichshain. Others cannot let go of all the energy of this place and have to go there over and over again, no matter how nerve-wrecking the line and the door situation might be. And last but not least a third group uses this place as a fertile ground for imagination and creative work.

Our friend and comrade in numerous adventures Nicola Napoli was able again to translate his vision of Berghain in a unique art work. For the October 2016 flyer he created a set of incredible Tarot cards that display the classic symbols of the Tarot mysticism as Berghain visitors.

After the jump you find all the cards he created. Also you can buy three of the motives as exclusive art prints in his web shop.

Claudio by Claudio
on October 16th, 2016
in Art

Shaping Our City: Yasha Young – Director of URBAN NATION

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Yasha Young

Recently we kicked off a new series of interviews about the movers and shakers of Berlin inspired by the Shape Your City campaign by Heineken, a competition for city shapers in the making who aspire to help create a bar built on the basis of their personal concept. In the first part we introduced you to party and festival organizer PANSY who spoke with us about the changes and prospects of Berlin’s nightlife.

For the second edition we want to venture from the nightlife into the daylight and bring up one of our favorite topics on the blog: Street art. Berlin is full of it and cherished for it. Especially in the last couple of years so many new incredible works have been added to the walls of Berlin making it huge open air gallery for contemporary art. What many people might not even know is that a big part of the new murals in Berlin were organized by Berlin-based contemporary art platform Urban Nation. We spoke with director and curator Yasha Young about the development of this project and their plans to open the world’s first big street art museum.

Frank by Frank
on October 11th, 2016
in Art, People