Middle Daughter, 2013, all artwork by Mantalina Psoma
Just recently the Heinz-Martin Weigand gallery in Charlottenstr. opened the new solo exhibition of Greek painter and former UdK Berlin graduate Mantalina Psoma. Her eerie portraits of women and places caught my attention and was quite impressed by the depth and mystique of her large-scale works. Her realistic style is reminescent of cinema which is also something that fascinated me about the examples that I saw. It’s almost like the scene of a film freezes and the main character looks straight into the camera. Very haunting! The exhibition will be open until April 26, 2014, so you should go have a look. Get some more previews after the jump.
As part of their new campaign Transform Today Absolut Vodka invited award-winning graphic novelist Rafael Grampá from Brasil to create a very special brand new animated film titled #NextFrame that is being developed right now and will celebrate its premiere next month here in Berlin at the MADE Space.
What makes this film very special is the fact that you can take part in the writing process by suggesting ideas and details or voting for them for each of the scenes of the film. Of all the suggestions that he receives through the Absolut Facebook page Rafael will pick his favorite ones and integrate it into the film.
It’s a very interesting participative concept and I’m super curious how the results of the input of so many people will come together in the end. I’m curious what elements they will chose to be suggested by people, so far it has been for the design of a tattoo of one of the characters, the choreography of a dance, and the look of two creatures that appear in the story. After the jump you can get some impressions of the process and see a video about Rafael. Get involved and start suggesting your ideas for the next scenes every day on Facebook until Febuary 21. Have fun!
Nicola Napoli is a talented young visual designer from Italy currently based in Berlin who can count renowned clients such as Vice Magazine, musician DENA, adidas, Issyvoo, Noisy and Soundcloud to his list of references. His work includes album covers, prints for garments, magazine layouts, illustrations and other creative products and projects.
One of his recent works for Issyvoo made the rounds on social media websites and became quite the hit. It shows a playful interpretation of the line in front of the famous Berghain nightclub and what happens to the people who get rejected at the door. What’s interesting about it is how Nicola sees the different kinds of people you would imagine going to Berghain (the reality is actually not quite as flamboyant).
As it’s our Lucky Thursday you can now win one of the high quality limited edition art prints of this amazing illustration. Get a closer look and find our how to win after the jump.
Since my earliest childhood days I was in love with books. The combination of paper, ink and colour was for me the diving board into my own fantasy world. Until the day I learned reading myself, I was forcing all kinds of people to read stories for me. My father worked for the university and we always had young students at home for dinner or even for parties all night long. I remember wandering around the crowded rooms as a little boy and picking up the prettiest girls to read a story for me. The most talented storytellers of the night would then get the honour to read from my dearest pop-up book. Like a small Houdini I was eager to impress the student crowd with the secret magic tricks and illusions my books were capable off.
Growing up I kept them and additionally started collecting more and more pop-up books. Nowadays, I have them on display behind glass in my living room. Some of these books are beautifully illustrated, some have funny gimmicks or even glow in the dark. Not all of them have an artistic or a monetary value. But all of them are impregnated with all kinds of memories from my childhood, when my imagination used to be way more vivid and was able to take me away from real life. Therefore, it let me venture deep into a fierce dark jungle with little monkeys to play, snakes to enchant and wild tigers to tame.
The Plastic Garden by IP Yuk-Yiu
This coming Wednesday the transmediale festival for technology-based art is opening its 5-day-program at the Hause der Kulturen der Welt. This year it’s already the 27th edition and the theme is afterglow.
“The world is finally digital but as masses of data and electronic hardware pile up, it seems to be more made out of trash than of treasure. transmediale 2014 looks at how the liberatory promises of the digital are now contrasted by data mining, mass surveillance and e-waste dumping as well as by the wasted bodies and minds produced by our constantly required attention to excessive data flows. afterglow is the diagnosis of this post-digital moment where instead of resigning into cultural conservatism we need to ask if there are means of renewal in the excess, overflow and waste of the digital afterglow?”
For me visiting the transmediale exhibition has always been an artisitic technological wonderland where I can discover things that I would have never thought about could exist, the most significant one being this mindblowing music machine reacTable that was later on used by Björk on her world tour. I’m looking forward to make equally interstering discoveries at this year’s edition. Some previews after the jump.
A Polaroid camera is probably one of the most special items from the time of analog photography. Nowadays where we are all becoming amateur photographers through our phones, ipads, and digital cameras there is less appreciation for the actual printed photo which is quite sad. Impossible Project saved the last Polaroid production plant for integral instant film in Enschede (NL) and started to invent and produce totally new instant film materials for traditional Polaroid cameras and saved them from becoming useless. Now Impossible Projects is coming back to Berlin to open their first partner store in town.
For the occasion they invited renowned Berlin-based photographer Oliver Blohm to show his extraordinary work shot with Impossible film in an exhibition named “The Impossible Nuke”. Also you have the chance to take part in a special microwave session. Bring your own instant photo or shoot it right there and get it “nuked”. Kill your selfie and burn your polaroids I would say. More details after the jump.
I’m actually not really the type who would reminisce about the past. But when I look back at the year 2013 I have to admit that this year was in many ways special for me. Special because of the things I did and that happened around me, but also because of some personal realizations about myself and my life that ultimately make me a very happy guy. As you guys are somehow part of this life I would like to share these special moments along with some highlights of the blog in 2013…
There is not much going on here on iHeartBerlin during Christmas as we are all home with our families stuffing our bellies with yummy Holiday food and chocolate. But for those who come here craving for some distraction we have a sweet little short film with my favorite animal the giraffe for you. Enjoy 5m80 by Nicolas Deveaux after the jump.
I think one of the biggest crimes Ikea commited in the last decade (apart from marketing itself as an open minded company, but backing down in front of Russian anti-gay laws and women rights in Saudi Arabia) was to make objects available to a vast amount of people and calling them design. And the horrible truth is: people believed it and now it is nearly impossible to find a decent home or a public place with not at least one Ikea product in it. In consequence any home looks random and the same and the attempt of individualizing Ikea products sometimes even makes it worse. It feels like putting a Fairtrade organic sauce over an Aldi chicken. Thankfully Berlin is full of alternatives and has an amazing amount of young talented designers with a lot of potential. Unfortunately, good ideas not always run with enough of production budget. That is why the two Berlin-based creatives Julia Depis and Judith Trifonoff created Newniq as an incredible solution. More about this new design market innovation after the jump.
I always wanted to have a Berlin map in my house. Not really for practical reasons, more for symbolic ones, because my work and my life is so closely connected to this city. But I kinda didn’t want to have the regular BVG one which you can buy, or any other regular map, because they simply didn’t look decorative enough and made the city look like any other place.
Finally someone made my wish come true for a unique and great looking Berlin map: Evermade released a Berlin map that is hand-drawn by artist Jenni Sparks. For the collaboration she came here browsing the city and making tiny drawings from all the iconic places in town. It really looks amazing and is a fun way to discover the city on paper. There are also hand-drawn maps from London and New York from her. And apart from the maps by Jenni Sparks the online shop of Evermade also offers other amazing art prints such as the famous Zoo Portraits by Yago Partal. Have a look at some details of the Berlin map after the jump.