Art

How to be a Successful Creative in Berlin

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photo: BORSHCH

In recent years Berlin has become an international hub for creatives from all around the globe. Affordable living costs, creative freedom and living a life of the beaten track made the German capital an attractive moving destination, chosen over buzzing cities like London or New York more and more. And where there is creative energy, there are people coming together to start new and exciting projects whether in music, film, fashion, or something completely different. But, starting something new is oftentimes easier said than done. So, what do you have to reckon with when you start a “Do it yourself” project, and what role does Berlin play in that process? We met up with two “DIY” experts who know.

Andy by Andy
on October 12th, 2017
in Art, People, Stories

The Festival of Lights – Berlin Transformed into a Colorful Wonderland

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The Festival of Lights is back! We all have seen these visuals before: Light installations with crazy patterns, shapes and graphics, or colorful 3D videos moving on Berlin monuments, sights, streets and squares, transforming places we all know too well into colorful wonderlands. For 12 years now, the Festival of Lights turns Berlin and other places around the world into visual spectacles. It’s crazy what nothing but light can do to our perception of stones and walls we pass by weekly. Despite the partial silliness of gigantic buildings like the Berliner Dom shimmering in shocking pink, plus giant rotating panda spaceman, it’s just fun to gaze at every year. The animation on the Berliner Dom and other places even have sound to them, giving you that full audio-visual experience. In case you missed your chance to see all of these glowing larger-than-life artworks on sights like the TV tower, the Humboldt University or all of Bebel Platz last year, the Festival of Light runs until Sunday, starting at 19h every day until midnight.

Andy by Andy
on October 11th, 2017
in Art, Events

The Watching Eyes at Kottbusser Tor

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For a few weeks now a quite special installation has been gracing the Kreuzberger Zentrum at Kottbusser Tor. Hanging from the balconies of the apartments you can see black and white close-ups of the eyes from the residents of the building. The installation wants to give a face and a voice to the people who live there and who are under threat to be pushed out of their homes due to the usual real-estate nightmare that’s going on in the city. I think it’s a good idea to protest the developments in this way because for those real estate investors often the people are just numbers on paper, their lives and their stories don’t matter to them, mostly because they are invisible to them. But they are real people and it’s about time that all the real estate sharks are faced with the reality of them. They are watching you now!

Frank by Frank
on October 10th, 2017
in Art, People, Stories

Walking into a Breathing Heart – An Immersive Artwork from Berlin

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photo: Marc Gilgen

An amazing, ambitious art installation by the Berlin artist Johanna Keimeyer, which merges different stimuli to wake up all of your senses, was exhibited earlier this year at the Art Basel. This impressive work of art enables the viewers to experience a sensation that could represent stepping inside your own body.

The concept for installation was a walk-in inflatable heart, in which up to 20 people can lay and sit at the same time. The heart filled itself with air and pulsated in a breathing rhythm accompanied by light, video, scent, and sound. The unique ambience of a historical water filter building was a perfect environment for this venture.

Michalina by Michalina
on October 6th, 2017
in Art

Stunning Forgotten Places in Berlin & Around the World

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The Berlin photographer Dietmar Eckell has set himself the task to discover abandoned places all around the world. Places that might be long forgotten but each of them has a unique story to tell. In his photo book “Restwert” he showcases these lost places and stories that we could rarely discover on our own. Cuba, Vietnam, Ukraine, very remote travel locations were on his list for 2017. But, he has also spent some time in his hometown Berlin, to capture a few more of it’s forgotten sites.

Andy by Andy
on September 22nd, 2017
in Art, Photos

A Preview of the Urban Nation Street Art Museum

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After a year of suspension and anticipation it’s finally the time: Germany’s first street art and urban art museum Urban Nation is celebrating its big opening this coming Saturday (September 16th 2017, at 19h) and we had the chance to take a sneak peek and snap some pictures in advance!

Urban Nation has a really compelling history here in Berlin. Founder Yasha Young started the project in 2013 by organizing exhibitions on the many empty facades of Berlin’s building. We owe many of Berlin’s cool street art murals to her. Before that she used to run an urban art gallery in Berlin and New York, but the few walls of a gallery space were simply not big enough for what she envisioned. With Urban Nation of course there was a masterplan behind it. Funded by the Berliner Leben foundation and designed by prestigious architecture bureau Graft she created the first museum for street art and urban art in Germany – right in the heart of Schöneberg. Thanks to the ever changing murals in the neighborhood the whole area around Bülowstraße has now been transformed into a hot spot for urban art. Whole building facades are covered with artworks there which is quite the contrast to the many grey residential buildings in Berlin.

Urban Nation aims to become not only an exhibition space for artists who used to present their work on the streets, but also an archive for urban art like it never existed before anywhere. It’s an exciting edition to the art and museum scene of Berlin and we are excited to see what the future holds for this place.

Make sure to join the grand opening reception on Saturday at 19h and the neighborhood fest that will happen on Bülowstraße surrounded by a lot of new artworks on the buildings and streets.

Frank by Frank
on September 15th, 2017
in Art, Galleries, Museums, Schöneberg

15 Highlights of the Berlin Art Week 2017

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Katja Novitskova at Sammlung Boros, photo: NOSHE

It might feel like in a such a creative city like Berlin every week is an art week, and that’s partly true. However, the amount of exhibitions, events, and fairs that start taking place today and last till the end of the week is simply astounding and it would be a shame to miss out. I know that the whole program might be a bit overwhelming, but that’s what we’re here for – just browse through our brief listing of the highlights and you’ll definitely find something that fits your interests, no matter if you’re into dance performances in the urban surroundings or photography documenting the civil rights movement.

Michalina by Michalina
on September 13th, 2017
in Art

Everybody Dreams – A Dreamy Exhibition by JUNIQE & Casper in Berlin

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In a city of freelancers that take their home office very seriously and party people that are way too busy to squeeze in an appointment with their bed in their tight weekend schedule, sleep is a scarce, but very highly regarded commodity. If you’re like me, and you regard the time spent in bed as key to keep your creative juices flowing, you have to check out the upcoming Berlin Art Week events hosted by the lifestyle brand JUNIQE and Internet’s favorite mattress manufacturer Casper.

Michalina by Michalina
on September 7th, 2017
in Art

Turning the Berlin Wall into Art like you’ve never seen before

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illustrations: Ligia Fascioni

The Berlin Wall that once divided the city has been an important symbol ever since its fall. However, its image has served not only as a grim reminder of just how cruel the world politics can get, but also as a proof that even in the darkest of times, humans are capable of creating art. The concrete canvas that the remains of the Wall provided in Mauerpark don’t cease to inspire new artists even as the paint is starting to peel off.

Michalina by Michalina
on September 5th, 2017
in Art

10 Years of iHeartBerlin – Thank You & Photos

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I am still quite overwhelmed with feelings of joy, especially now going through all the fun photos of our special night (if you have more photos send them to us!). 10 years is a very special number, but I’m glad that we could do this big number justice. Teaming up with the Olympus Perspective Playground was an amazing opportunity that I am so proud of and thankful for. Being surrounded by the amazing artworks of this immersive exhibition and the stunning venue of Kraftwerk was just much better than I imagined it to be. And by the amount of euphoric faces that I saw during the night I am confident to say I was not the only one.

Frank by Frank
on September 4th, 2017
in Art, Party, Photos