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

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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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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

Switching Off the Darkness with Light Art


Last Saturday night, a very special party took place to celebrate the launch of Absolut’s new limited edition called Absolut Facet. The new bottle with its mesmerizing polygon surface and its piercing cobalt blue color that was positioned right at the entrance cleverly foreshadowed what this event would be about: The diverse and unexpected facets of the night. The venue for the spectacle was the dark corridor of the basement of the Alte Münze which was built almost a century ago and used to be Berlin’s State Mint. Abandoned and forgotten for a long time the place has been used for all sorts of happenings for the past couple of years, more recently also for those kind of club nights that celebrate the liberal and free-spirited side of Berlin’s nightlife.

Being at the the Absolut Facet launch now, it was pretty astonishing to see the location under totally different circumstances. The atmosphere was filled with curiosity and excitement about the various art installations that were so diligently constructed and perfectly integrated into the raw, industrial corners of the former coin factory, that would leave me wondering if they had been there all along.

Nikos by Nikos
on October 7th, 2016
in Art, Party, Photos

Berlin with a Turkish Touch


illustrations: Berk Karaoglu, Hatice Keya

Berk and Hatice, two friends from Istanbul studying in Berlin, wanted to give a Turkish flair to some of the most important icons of the German capital. The result is very rewarding and highly entertaining: A set of four absolutely charming illustrated postcards. Take a look…

Nikos by Nikos
on October 2nd, 2016
in Art

The Turkish Market: The Land of Plenty Across the River

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illustrations: Johanna Dumet

For some people it might be shoes, for others clothes or “high tech stuff” – a term that does not exactly prove my awareness in this area. For me it has always been food, especially the process of purchasing it. There have always been two things that could make me happy no matter what: a beautiful, sunny weather and a huge supermarket full of quality products. The Turkish market combines both these elements into one fascinating extravaganza of color, scent and lively sounds. On top of that, the market is situated at the river bank known as Maybachufer offering people the opportunity to enjoy a relaxing lunch break while gazing at the playful swans in front of them. When the sky is cloud free and the sun shines, it feels like walking into an oasis, where a highly convenient trade-off takes place: you walk into the market as if you are walking into a safe haven, which will suck all your stress and negative energy and replace it with tranquility and a sense of relief.

Nikos by Nikos
on September 29th, 2016
in Art, Kreuzberg, Market

Being Freer in Berlin – Breaking Gender Conventions with Art

Laurence Philomene

Laurence Philomene

Curated By Girls is a visual artist platform, run by Berlin-based French girl Laetitia Duveau. It focuses on diversity and equality. The website is all-inclusive – anyone and everyone can submit: all genders, all ethnicities, all body types, all generations… Taking a look at the artists featured on the platform, you will see a diverse patchwork representing an optimistic vision of humanity. The goal is to make everybody’s voice heard and respected.

Freer in Berlin is the new exhibition of Curated by Girls, on view on October 8 and 9 at Blender & Co in Neukölln. We sat down and chatted with Laetitia about her project, her curating vision, femininity, identity and the hipster aesthetic.

Keith by Keith
on September 27th, 2016
in Art, People

The new Selfie Street Art Mural in Berlin

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Once again the big open air gallery that is Berlin welcomes a new artwork into their exhibition: We have a new street art mural in town and this one is pretty special: It’s a selfie mural that has a big silhouette-shaped gap in the design for people to step in front of to take a photo and become part of the artwork. You only have to find the selfie-spot that is marked on the street in front of the mural which puts you in the perfect distance and perspective to seamlessly integrate into the artwork. Pretty fun!

The mural that is located at Mühlenstraße 5 across from the iconic Oberbaumbrücke was designed by the artists Dee Dee Kid, Gogo Plata, Dejoe and the Dixons and it’s part of a project called #WALLSofWIR by Jägermeister. In total there will be four amazing murals in four cities, each created by a small group of local artists. The ones in Hamburg and Berlin are already up, in Stuttgart and Cologne are coming in the next weeks. Get a little impression of the Berlin one after the jump.

Frank by Frank
on September 26th, 2016
in Art

A Review of Berlin’s Biggest Art Fair: The Berliner Liste

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It was a whirlwind of art that came over us last week. The Berlin Art Week brought together the best and most promising artists and galleries in Berlin, mixed with plenty of parties and cocktails to flush down all the impressions into our creative conscience.

One of the most significant events that happened last week was the latest edition of the Berliner Liste that took place once again at the impressive Kraftwerk. It’s the biggest art fair we have in the city and as far as I remember it’s also the oldest one. They took full advantage of the huge space exhibiting the work from 112 galleries, collectives and artists from 25 countries on 5 continents.

Frank by Frank
on September 25th, 2016
in Art

Forgotten Worlds and Forbidden Places


photos: Dietmar Eckell

Continuing our article series on forbidden and forgotten places around the world, whether they are underground or way above ground, all these pictures have one thing in common: they showcase parts of the world we would rarely discover on our own and they demonstrate the love of the respective photographers for their art, that makes them defy any danger or challenge that comes along with such an adventurous endeavor.

Nikos by Nikos
on September 22nd, 2016
in Art, Photos, Travel