This week the impressive Kraftwerk Berlin is showing an lazer and sound installation by Christopher Bauder and Robert Henke as part of the CTM Festival 2016. Deep Web is a moving, luminous architectural structure that weaves 175 motorized spheres and 12 high power laser systems into a 25 meter wide and 10 meter high sculpture of light and sound. It’s a really immersive experience to see it and a total must-see. It’s still open daily until Sunday, February 7, 2016. The video after the jump gives you a good impression, but you really have to see it live!
The dancing confetti girls first crossed our paths in Paris and London – but ever since they seem to have followed us back home to Berlin. There is a lot of street art in Berlin, but these girls who are often accompanied by the slogan It’s time to dance do stand out to us. Why? Because we feel them so very deeply and they represent an important part of Berlin: Dancing, moving, being free, wild and partying. And the best parties obviously need a lot of confetti.
The different confetti covered pastings of the dancing girls were created by the French street artist SOBR and even though his project ‘It’s time to dance’ has been going on for a while and it seems like he hasn’t made new ones for a while, a lot of the enthusiastic dancers are still around. Pay attention, once you’ve spotted the dancing girls, they will follow you around town. Here are the girls, we found while strolling around our neighborhood…
Debbie Harry (Blondie), 2014, photo: Florian Kolmer
New year, new art! In the next couple of weeks some really awesome exhibition will be opening (and already are) so we thought it’s time for another big exhibition guide to give you some recommendations were to see great art in Berlin in the beginning of 2016. Especially now in Winter when you don’t want to spend too much time outside it’s one of our favorite things to do: Go to the galleries and museums.
We selected a really fun and interesting mix for you including all the disciplines of art ranging from painting over sculpture to our favorite: photography. We have some big international names in our list such as Helmuth Newton and Ettore Sottsass, but also some long-standing local photographers such as Andreas Fux and Florian Kolmer. Enjoy our art highlights for early 2016.
photos: Anna Agliardi
Going out to a museum filled with old paintings does not sound like the typical Friday night activity we use to have here in Berlin. Not so last weekend though, where a massive amount of young (more or less) hip people went to the Gemäldegalerie to a very unusual event. At Meeting Botticelli, the event for the Botticelli exhibition featuring the grand artist of Italian renaissance, the normal rules of going to an old museum were upside-down. Instead of tiptoeing quietly through the magnificent halls the event wanted to explore a different side of creative interaction with art.
Guides who brought you through the exhibition with eyepatches, speakers who asked you and others about your emotion to the artwork and performances which which would rather fit to Sisyphos where only a few of many interesting ideas of this unique event. To finish in glory there was a small party in the foyer of the museum after the exhibition closed. Visitors and performers had quite some fun dancing together to “I am your Venus – I am your Fire” . I hope that those kind of art presentations will happen more often in Berlin. The city has an enormous cultural richness that young people need to discover through new methods. The next event of that series will take place at Hamburger Bahnhof in Summer. Until then you can enjoy the photos that our photographer Anna Agliardi created for us or take your chance to visit the exhibition about Botticelli until the end of this week.
Danny & Melisa (renk.), photo: Ferhat Topal
Berlin is a city made of puzzle pieces, a mosaic of multitudes. Its irresistable charm and distinctive difference is made of the people that shape the city culturally. A Berlin without its cultural diversity is not only hard to imagine – it just wouldn’t even be as interesting probably. The contributions of inhabitants from all over the world helped forming a colorful kaleidoscope of ethnic elements.
I could go into some history now, explaining the Foreign Policy of Germany, how in the 1950s and 60′s, Germany invited guest workers to work in Germany and help with the economy. But I won’t.
I will invite you to take a look at the present, cause as we know: the present is a gift. And if you look around today in Berlin, you’ll see it’s a gift that keeps on giving. You see Poland, you see Vietnam, you see practically every country in Berlin. Be it in the food you eat, the Yoga Studio you frequent, the store where you buy your vegetables. The luxurious freedom to get the best of countless cultures is a main point for me to why Berlin is so comfortable to live in.
We want to take a closer look at the possibilities and present to you the manifold ways of experiencing Berlin. Today: The Turkish Edition!
Berlin is a melting pot and center for all kinds of creatives: One of the things the city is definitely not lacking are amazing tattoo artists. Right at the top of the vibrant scene is Myra Brodsky, the grande dame of Berlin, who is about to publish her first book with tattoos and illustrations of the past five years. Myra, who is based in Berlin and grew up in Germany has always been scatching but got into tattooing by accident, while studying visual communication.
After a friend got her the first machine in 2008, she started by tattooing herself and developed her own style in the following four years: Old school customs with a new school edge, combining details found in 1920s Art Nouveau paintings with Baroque and Renaissance art, the Victorian era and Rococo with a modern taste. Over the past seven years, Myra has inked hundreds of amazing tattoos – from handheld masterpieces including unique unicorns, mermaids, wartime nurses and card-trick magicians to full-on body works, including butterfly back pieces. More of her work and all the details of the book release after the jump…
Semra Sevin, Berlin Reflection Glienicker Brücke, 2011
The search for a belonging, a definition of home is a constant topic in a globalized world. Berlin is a melting pot where people from all over the world cross each other, meet each other and – in the best case – love each other. The lifelong question of identity is a matter even amplified when different cultural backgrounds come into the mix of emotions. The distance that emerges over time to one’s ‘original homeland’ (which is maybe just a question of definition) is a space in which sometimes romanticized, sometimes critical perspectives reach the surface.
The beauty of it all is a frequent subject in art.
“From Here To Me” is a project and an exhibition where eight artists from Balkan states exhibit their work in which the aesthetics of Berlin as a bond with their personal homeland are displayed and merged into one. The contributing artists are not only from the Balkan states but also from Greece and from Turkey. They all succeed in creating a strong insight to their inner feelings through the outer arts.
Lange Brücke vom Wasser aus, Eduard Gärtner, 1842
Everything is constantly moving and changing: We are changing, the world is changing and Berlin is changing. As the year 2015 is coming to an end, it’s time to look back at the year and probably some events that changed everything for you. But while personal transformations might be more apparent and important to us, changes in your area are happening too. Maybe your favorite bookstore closed, a new burger joint opened and the Späti around the corner has new owners.
Sometimes it’s tough at first to see the positive in things going in a new direction and especially with Berlin people get super sensitive and upset – because we’re allowed to change, and move and be - but Berlin, its districts, housing situation, rents and residents are supposed to stay the same forever. In the name of change, we’re throwing it back a couple of centuries: Berlin in the 19th century seen by painters and barely recognizable by us. Because who would have thought back then that Berlin would become a party capital, had a never-opening airport and a Dönerladen on every corner.
photo: Jeisson Martin
After a hugely successful week at Blogfabrik our Instagram exhibition #berlin is now beginning its online afterlife with its very own gallery page. Here you can once again join the selection that Ferdinand Prinz and Brando Wild from Post Collective and Olga Potschernina and myself from iHeartBerlin have made from some of the most popular and talented Berlin Instagramers. Enjoy the #berlin online gallery here, prints are still available to order.
After the huge success of previous editions artist Dorit Bialer has now released a brand new series of her Berliner in Box sets with typical Berlin characters as fun Playmobil versions. After previous versions gave us the punks at Kaisers and the Berghain girl her new series features brand new characters such as the street artist, the serial daters, the hipster drag queen, the fashion blogger, the real estate shark and the DJ. As a little extra there are also two new Berliner classics such as Christiane F. and Nina Hagen. Well, and as a personal treat there is also a version of ME! Yes, you read that one right, I have been turned into a Playmobil character too.
The playsets are once again filled up with lots of little details and witty description texts on the boxes that poke fun at all of the stereotypes. It’s a wonderfully creative continuation of the series and brings the whole concept into the current time. If you like these amazing sets you can also have your own custom You in a Box set made by Dorit, it’s also a great and original gift idea for Christmas!