Queerness, Sex and Pizza Boxes: The Illustrations of Rory Midhani

Rory Midhani is a talented, young Berlin-based illustrator whose work centers around nightlife, sex, queerness and trans experiences. The self-described “twinkie trans boy artist’s”  cartoons, drawings, and murals illustrate light-hearted, lively, and silly little scenes, but look more closely and you’ll see they’re packed with underlying social commentary. His latest work takes you into a world out of sex, parties, clubs, and cardboard puppets. If you feel ready for his hilariously explicit work, read on.

Andy by
on March 16th, 2018
in Art, Party

Berlin’s Exhibition Highlights in March 2018

Taking in the large diversity of artists and exhibitions Berlin offers every month, we took the time to pick out our exhibition highlights this month, to make it a bit easier to decide what’s definitely not to miss! Artsy March is blessing us with talented street artists, arousing splashes of nudity, legendary fashion icons, political statements and world famous photographers…

Franziska by
on March 12th, 2018
in Art

Portrait of a Birch Tree: A Hidden Gem on an Exhibition in Prenzlauer Berg

Greenhouses are a an immersive experience. Just by entering a door you end up in another climate with another vegetation. All of this is of course all human made and some would say unnatural or even fake. Created for whom lives in colder regions to enjoy tropical plants and flowers once in a while.

Taking the idea of recreating a fake-vegetation young artist Martin Binder reinterpreted a small green house hidden inside a beautiful courtyard of Prenzlauer Berg. His Portrait of A Birch Tree is a unique sculpture imitating natural forms and shapes. Binder who studied in Berlin and Finnland was always fascinated by the purity and singular structure of birch trees. By recreating their innocence he is not only questioning our senses but maybe the whole concept of what is actually real in a world of post.truth and virtual entertainment.

The exhibitions is open until the 15th of March 2018. 

Claudio by
on March 11th, 2018
in Art, Prenzlauer Berg

PortrAid: When Art Helps People in Need


Today we want to introduce you to a very special exhibition that’s currently happening at the DRIVE. Volkswagen Group Forum in Berlin-Mitte. Initiated by Thomas Rusch and the ABURY Foundation from Berlin the exhibition “PortrAid. Get art. Give work.” shows portraits of weavers from Ethiopia taken by photo artist Xiomara Bender.

What makes this exhibition so special are not only the incredibly beautiful photos but also the fact that the sales of the artworks directly support the portrayed weavers. With the profits from the artworks the foundation will purchase new weaving looms for the portrayed craftsmen giving them the opportunity to improve their work situation and the lives of their entire families. Compared to many charity exhibitions this is a very transparent and direct approach connecting the art buyer with the person receiving aid.

Frank by
on February 20th, 2018
in Art

Berlin’s Iconic Nightlife Illustrated by Virginie Kypriotis

We have encountered many memorable illustrations of our favorite places in Berlin. Of our go-to clubs, our favorite freaky Berlin people and Berlin’s eclectic nightlife, but we have never seen an illustrator capturing the mental showdown of it all. The meta-level of what is playing out in our minds, when we go party in all of these places, with all those weird-ass freaky people we love so much, living it all up under one sweaty roof. That’s why we were in awe, laying eyes upon Virginie Kypriotis epic depiction of Berlins nightlife for the first time. Her ability to fuse her gift of illustrating with her sensitivity to special situations creates a whole new level of nightlife illustrations that we are excited to share with you.

Franziska by
on February 16th, 2018
in Art, Party

The Bizarre World of Extraweg: An Interview with the Berlin-based Artist

Just a little over a year ago motion designer Oliver Latta a.k.a. Extraweg started to share his artwork on Instagram and, quickly, hundreds of thousands of people fell in love with his unusual and captivating animations. Especially his recent videos, marked by their unique clean pink style and the elasticity of his figures, fascinated a whole generation of social media users and left us questioning: What is it that he created, that holds such a strong spell over the viewer? But before you get lost in one of his captivating loop videos, make sure to check out our talk with him. He, who we found through his artwork on his Facebook page, has one especially important message about that: Find inspiration in everything everywhere – outside of the realms of phones and computers.

Franziska by
on February 7th, 2018
in Art, People, Videos

Skalar – A Stunning Audio-Visual Experience at Kraftwerk Berlin

There is no final explanation why we humans connect our emotions to certain sounds and colors. Some say it’s evolution that made red the color of anger, other say it’s our civilization and culture that tells us certain sounds feel sad.

Either way, art and music are the sublime keys to our emotions and gifted are the ones who know how to combine these keys with mastery. On the occasion of the CTM Festival and Transmediale, the artist Christoph Bauder and the electronic music composer Kaending Ray created a new full-scale art piece inside Kraftwerk Berlin following the success of Deep Web from 2016. Named Skalar, like the element defining a vector space, this art piece is a journey inside the deepest darkest corners of human emotions.

Claudio by
on January 29th, 2018
in Art

The Pornceptual Magazine: Redefining Pornography

photos: Pornceptual

Their art made you gasp, their parties made you sweat – and always left you craving for more. For almost 5 years the Berlin collective Pornceptual has been disrupting the worlds of art and porn; first Berlin then the world. But don’t you think they’re out of breath, after half a decade, they are only sharpening their teeth and getting ready to fight: Fittingly, their freshly launched third magazine is called “Guerilla”.

Over 50 visual artists are featured in “Porn Guerilla”, well-known names such as Erika Lust appear alongside young queer and feminist artists from all over the world. Styles, subjects and explicit depictions vary, but throughout the work is connected by themes of unconventionality, struggle, and fight, using erotic art as a tool of resistance against oppressive power structures and censorship.

Andy by
on January 25th, 2018
in Art, Party

Welcome to Latin America: An Immersive Art Installation in Berlin

photos: Alejandro Arretureta

If you like immersive art you need to check out the current exhibition at Hamburger Bahnhof. As one of the nominees of this year’s “Preis der Nationalgalerie” Berlin-based Venezuelan artist Sol Calero has transformed a couple of rooms of the museum into the so called “Amazonas Shopping Center”. You can walk through various rooms such as a travel agency, cyber cafe, a hair salon, a dance studio, a cinema, a driving school and a money exchange and even sit down and interact with the scenarios. Each room is wonderfully colorful and combines aesthetics of the tropics of Latin America with traditional architectural elements. What is fascinating is her process of self-exotifying her own heritage and playing with cliches of Latin culture. But apart from that it’s just an incredibly fun exhibition to hang out in and soak up every little detail. Some impressions after the jump. You can still catch the exhibition until January 14, 2018. If you like this artwork you can vote for Sol to win the audience price right here.

Frank by
on December 19th, 2017
in Art

Night Falls on the Berlin of the Roaring 20s

illustrations: Robert Nippoldt

Berlin in the time of the Weimar Republic is one of the city’s most thrilling periods and no wonder many have tried to revive this time – for instance with this Second Life animation. There’s a new illustration book coming out now that will take you on a joyride through that enchanted section of the city’s past – we tell you what you can expect inside.

The German illustrator Robert Nippoldt has been following a brilliant concept while creating his subsequent books. ”Night falls on the Berlin of the Roaring 20s” is already his third work, after ”Hollywood in the 30s” and ”Jazz. New York in the Roaring 20s” that takes the readers on a time travel. Nippoldt’s illustrations are accompanied by stories and anecdotes gradually unraveling the secrets of a particular era.

Michalina by
on December 8th, 2017
in Art, Books