Art

Imagine Kotti as a Vivid Holiday Paradise

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illustrations: Bruno Pinto da Cruz

In our ceaseless hunt for cool Berlin art, we stumbled upon a project we loved and thought we’d share with you:  Berlin-based digital illustrator Bruno Pinto da Cruz’s ISOMATIC. ISOMATIC is a sequence of architectural drawings, transformed by Bruno into illustrations, unveiling the scenery in different colors and shapes. Among other projects, our eye was caught by his awesome Kotti illustration, the beginning of a series that is going to focus on Berlin’s iconic neighborhoods. Kotti, through Bruno’s eyes, becomes playful and flooded with color; a little Sailor Moon-y looking, which made me love it extra much. Of course, it’s not the first time Kotti becomes an artist’s muse: In the past, among others, Kotti has served as an inspiration to illustrator Nicola Napoli, in his creation of various illustration series, as well as a toy carpet by Muschi Kreuzberg.

Stella by Stella
on June 28th, 2017
in Art, Design

No Commission at Kraftwerk Rummelsburg Berlin

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Imagine an art fair or an exhibition where all the proceeds of the sales go directly to the artists themselves without any commission for a gallery or agent. What sounds a bit like a utopia for artists is the reality of the international event series No Commission (linked to website) that will come to Europe for the second time during their world tour to make a stop at the Kraftwerk Rummelsburg in Berlin. And we have reason to be excited about this as the opening event on June 29 is going to be quite spectacular with Major Laser playing live and tickets available for free!

But who is behind No Commission? The initiative was founded 18 months ago by Bacardi and music producer Kasseem Dean, a.k.a. Swizz Beatz, as a platform to support upcoming and young artists. In this short amount of time they could generate sales for the artists of over 3 Million Dollars during various exhibitions all over the world. That’s quite the amount – and apparently that’s only the beginning. With each edition a new set of artists will be introduced into the No Commission family creating an ever-growing network of creative minds and incredible talents.

The support of upcoming artists has been on Dean’s agenda for a long time now which is why he started The Dean Collection in 2014 which is not just a private collection but a platform to discover and experience amazing art.

Frank by Frank
on June 27th, 2017
in Art, Events

Swipe Right or Left – Body Insecurities and Tinder in Berlin

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Have you ever been in the situation where somebody told you they really liked your nose, or your neck or your hair and you thought: “WHAT? It’s the part I actually dislike most about my body.”

We have a certain perception of ourselves and our appearance. Influenced by our biography, our family and friends and also by the city we lived in. For example, I did not like my skin color until the day I moved to Berlin. While growing up in a city in the east of Germany, my skin tone was always standing out in a crowd. And most of the time not in a positive way. In Berlin on the other hand, strangers, friends, and lovers did not seem to mind my color. Not at all.

This perception of ourselves influences of course also the choice we make in the photography that should represent us. Especially in online dating, pics are the crucial part of storytelling. And even if you don’t want to upload pictures of yourself that look completely fake, you also want to show the best part(s) of you. Making the choice of the perfect picture always a bit tricky.

Friend and Berlin-based Turkish photographer Eylül Aslan was fascinated by how our picture selection for our online profiles is influenced by our self-image. For her book Trompe L’oeil she met over 40 men through Tinder and asked them what part of their body they liked and what they disliked most. After that, they had to ask her the same questions regarding her own body. The result of this social experiment is a book colored in all kinds of flesh and skin and full of physical intimacy between strangers.

Claudio by Claudio
on June 27th, 2017
in Art, Books, Photos

A Dark World of Dance – Kreatur by Sasha Waltz

A Dark World of Dance – Kreatur by Sasha Waltz

What if the ugly side of our society could be born into this world in flesh and bone? Fear, envy, and aggressiveness become living creatures that torture, kill and feed on all of us? This nightmarish vision is what you can expect from the new avant-garde dance piece Kreatur by acclaimed choreographer Sasha Waltz at Radialsystem.

The Berlin-based choreographer hasn’t show any new dance piece in Berlin for 12 years now and her comeback is highly anticipated but also critically observed. The reason: her future role as director of the Staatsballett Berlin which caused quite some controversy in the last year.

With Kreatur she definitely showed her critics what she is capable of. Showing transgression, darkness, pain without being obvious or superficial. Especially with the amazing costumes by iconic Dutch avant-garde designer Iris van Herpen Sasha Waltz evokes a turmoil of demons and sinners lost in a world of sterility and artificial light.

Claudio by Claudio
on June 14th, 2017
in Art, Theater

Art, Faith & Death: Unusual Churches & Crematoria in Berlin

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This city is just full of surprises:  To a newcomer here, a lot of Berlin’s ways might even come as a bit of a shock, until one gets used to it. Among these shocking things,  is seeing spaces with a very particular context, such as churches, not serving solely their religious purpose as gathering points of worship, but instead being used  for other cultural activities: exhibition spaces, concert stages, theatre stages. For most other parts of the world that’d be unthought of: but Berlin is just like no other city, haven’t we established that already? In terms of, well, everything; and churches confirm it.

Spaces so holy, designed to create awe and devoutness, connected with faith or death, both parts of life that are hard for us to conceive, find other, secular uses, and thus step off their high place somewhere closer to us. That’s got a lot to do with the city’s tendency of giving a new life to things old and abandoned: from the secondhand scene being so strong here, people reuse every chance they get, to abandoned places that often become art spaces, to churches and crematoria being reused, having a new life, and gain new meaning. A collection of such spaces, that caught our eye somehow, either with their design, or with the whole new use, we are about to present to you :)

Stella by Stella
on June 13th, 2017
in Art, Stories

Berlin’s Summer Music & Arts Festivals 2017

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photo: Ben de Biel / Nation of Gondwana

It’s officially here! Festival season has begun,and we felt the need to tell you about all the great festivals coming up this summer in, around and sort of near Berlin. From German pop to techno, house and street food in Neukölln we’ve compiled a list of festivals that are definitely worth a visit. Take a break from the city life, pack your things and go to the beach or forest nearby! There will be great music, good food and art. From workshops to exhibitions, performances: you can have it all this summer – at the following festivals. See them after the jump.

by Guest Author
on June 6th, 2017
in Art, Events, Music

Berlin Illustrations That Will Melt Your Heart

Berlin Illustrations That Will Melt Your Heart

The internet’s just great, isn’t it? Giving you access to the coolest blogs (like iHeartBerlin!! 8-) ), and also to discovering artists you wouldn’t otherwise: Jenny O’Boyle is one of them, and her illustrations will make you want to hug them. Jenny is a professional illustrator, running both a physical store at Wissmannstr. 21 and an online shop, both called bär von pappe (meaning bear of cardboard), selling her work as well as a line of sustainable stationery. Everything she designs is super cute, and we’d suggest  once you find yourself near Hermannplatz, looking for a cute notebook in which to write about all your Berlin adventures, that you go and check out her stuff.

Lovers of all things Berlin as we are, what caught our eye is one of the artist’s city-themed projects, where she sets out to explore an object for each street of Berlin, and in this way, guide us around every neighborhood by means of illustration. Massive undertaking as it sounds, she’s done, however, a beautiful job so far, taking us from one massive monument, building, subway station or fountain to the next all the way from Mitte, over Kreuzberg, down to Neukölln. Here are some of her Berlin-themed artworks.

Stella by Stella
on May 18th, 2017
in Art, Design, Products

Discover Art inside the Labyrinth of Lies

Discover Art inside the Labyrinth of Lies

Berlin is for the art lovers: its vast art community gives both locals and visitors the opportunity to feed their creative side with new events, going on almost everyday. Trying hard to keep up with all that’s going on in the city, we stumbled upon an exhibition that stood out, and couldn’t wait to tell you all about it: its name (seductive itself), Labyrinth of Lies.

400 (!) umbrellas are installed in an old industrial site, forming an actual labyrinth, through which the visitor is invited to walk through and explore multi dimensional pieces of art that had us go “wow!”. The maze’s creators are the London-based Connor brothers, in collaboration with Berlin artist Sven Sauer, brought together under the “umbrella” of the Plus One exhibition series. It’s truly remarkable how the artists try (and succeed) to have us, even for a second, question conventional rules of space — It’s not to be missed!

Stella by Stella
on May 18th, 2017
in Art

French Lifestyle in Berlin

French Lifestyle in Berlin

photo: Chloé Desnoyers

What I like most when I go to a restaurant is to find someone truly passionate about what he does: a pastry chef meticulously preparing his macarons and giving them a perfectly smooth shape, a wine shop owner talking about wines as if he were talking about his lovers or a chef telling you how he chose his potatoes for cooking French fries that are crispy outside and just a little soft inside. I’d like to share some tips with you about authentic French restaurants, bakeries, crêperies, cheese and wine shops, and also present you French artists living in Berlin.

by Guest Author
on May 17th, 2017
in Art, Cafés, Charlottenburg, Kreuzberg, Mitte, Prenzlauer Berg, Restaurants

Stunning Impressionist Photo Art of Berlin’s Icons

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photos: Florian Lonicer

You’re no strangers to iHeartBerlin’s crush for unique, cool art; let alone when there’s an innovative new project, inspired by the beauty of this city– we have to share! Florian Lonicer‘s love for urban photography and pursuit for perspective, combined with Berlin’s most significant touristic attractions brought to us the project Blickwinkel. At first sight, one might think this is a series of impressionist paintings, which would be cool enough, but finding out that these are actual photographs blew our mind!

This amazing result comes from 25 snapshots mashed together in postproduction: Each landmark is being photographed 25 times, all from different perspectives and locations. In this way, we perceive the essence of the landmark, while its frame becomes less concrete. For Florian, the different shots symbolize the different perspectives, as well as the different personal experiences each of us has, that connects us to each landmark: therefore each work of art is the sum of different perspectives, where rigid frames are shattered and colours prevail.

Stella by Stella
on May 16th, 2017
in Art