Pieces of Berlin is one of the truely unique and charming fellow Berlin blogs that has been around since 2009 now. Photographer Florian Reischauer captures the people and places of this city in a very understated and modest way showing ordinary people instead of fashionable hipsters and ordinary places instead of fancy shops and cool clubs. With this he manages to give Berlin a very natural and approachable look, far away from the gloss and hype it so often appears to have.
Tomorrow on Friday December 20 he will celebrate the release of his first photobook which is a beautiful compilation of his work of the past 4 years. The crowdfunded product comes in a 208 page limited hard cover edition of 1000 copies for only 27 EUR and really looks amazing. A perfect Christmas gift and a true gem in our Berlin Goods series. After the jump you’ll find some of my favorite photos from the Pieces of Berlin blog and a preview of the book.
The Italian Toilet Paper Magazine is probably one of the most iconic publications in terms of artistic graphic design and photography. No wonder we featured it here on the blog before. With their quirky and weird collages they strike a very special sense of humor that is quite unique in the world of magazines. Earlier this year they revealed a special collaboration with Italian fashion brand MSGM that had us even more excited. They picked some of their most famous artworks and put them on sweaters and T-shirts. The limited edition capsule collection is really quite something and only very few retailers will carry it. Luckily the Voo Store in Berlin is one of them. They are available in their shop at Oranienstr. 24 in Kreuzberg now and in their webshop. Have a look at the amazing pieces after the jump.
“Aesthetics of Decay; Design for Dying Electronics” by Disney Nasa Borg, 2013
The Cyberfest is one of the biggest festivals for technology-based art in Europe and while it has been taking place in St. Petersburg in the past years it will now have its premiere here in Berlin at The WYE starting next Wednesday with an opening reception and party hosted by I HEART BERLIN.
This year’s edition titled Time & Place will feature the work of over 100 artists in the fields of sound, video and performance art with screenings, concerts and exhibition spread out in a program running from Wednesday til Sunday (Nov 13-17, 2013) in the different floors of The WYE, the cultural, artistic and intellectual hub in the heart of Kreuzberg at the old post office building at Skalitzer Str. 86. Additional events will also take place at Platoon Kunsthalle at Schönhauser Alle in Mitte. You can take a closer look at the program here and join the Facebook event here. The whole event is free of entrance. Make sure to come by the vernissage on Wednesday from 20-23:30h and the after party at the Privatclub next door of The WYE starting at midnight with DJ sets by Hubie Davison and Jaan Ugrinsky. Some more impressions and details after the jump.
For this year’s special I HEART BERLIN live event Claudio and I chose something that we feel particularily excited about: Halloween. Bringing together creative minds from the worlds of theatre, perfomance art, fashion, publishing and music we created the House of Haunted Hearts that opened its doors on Thursday with a DIY costume workshop, a haunted house with artistic performances, an outfit contest, a haunted porn booth and of course a big Halloween party.
It was a huge success for us as so many people came with amazing costumes and great enthusiasm for Halloween. In fact I took so many photos that I have to split the set into several posts starting today with a look behind the scenes and into our Haunted House that was created by set-designers Buchholz&Kraatz in the huge basement of our venue the Naherholung Sternchen. Inside was not only a creepy labyrinth but also performances of Israeli artists Gal Naor, Moran Sanderovich with sound scapes by Inon Peres, as well as choreographer Patrick Faurot. See for yourself after the jump.
Our big Halloween Event is coming closer and we have yet another post to get you in the right mood. Today I want to show you some of the artworks from the current exhibition at Urban Spree Gallery in Friedrichshain. They have a big installation and a series of really cool silk screen prints by Islraeli street art crew Broken Fingaz on display. They even covered the front of the building with a big mural and the image of that is also available as a limited sticker set. All the prints from the exhibition are also available in the gallery. Have a look after the jump what I’m talking about!
Halloween has been an obsession of mine since I was a pre-teen thanks to all the special Halloween episodes of all the TV shows that I was watching back than. Unfortunately at the time it was simply not common to celebrate Halloween here in Germany. So no scary costume, haunted house or trick’o'treatin’ for me, much to my disappointment. It’s only been in the last couple of years here in Berlin with all these international cultures coming together that I could finally participate in this American tradition.
This year I’m making myself a dream come true: The House of Haunted Hearts – our very own Halloween party. Of course us being I HEART BERLIN it’s not simply a party – it’s much more. Find out after the jump!
After molecular ice creams, geometric bags and a hipster photo art app, it’s now time to bring some adventure to our column Berlin Goods. Today I want to put the spotlight on a new unique independent magazine based in Berlin, which is all about bringing your childhood memories back and releasing your youthful spirit: Dodo Magazine. But what is Dodo? Berlin-based Spanish art director and magazine founder Rubén Martin describes it as the ultimate fantasy and adventure magazine for anyone that has ever wanted a treehouse – and I must say that I couldn’t agree more. The magazine is not just another printed media to kill your time, but rather an authentic adventurous experience. When you start reading it, you literally feel as if you are under your sheet with a torch, or sitting around a campfire in the middle of nowhere; it’s like entering a new world, where everything has yet to be discovered. The first issue of Dodo Magazine is both a time machine and a horror tale, with two sides filled with interviews, comic strips, and stunning pictures from almost forty top illustrators, photographers and writers from all over the globe. If you, just like me, have always wanted to build your own treehouse or own a private haunted house, make sure you get your copy and learn all the precious tips on how to scare your friends before the spookiest night of the year arrives! Enjoy some impressions of the magazine after the jump.
Only a few days ago the urban art fair Stroke closed its gates for this years big exhibition at Alte Münze. Of course we went there for you and took a couple of photos of the many amazing artist and gallery booths. I have to say I really enjoyed this edition. I remember after my last visit of the Stroke when it was still at Postbahnhof I left with mixed feelings about the whole set-up and not so many artworks in my head that had amazed me. But this year it was an exciting expedition with one great discovery after the other. Especially the hall of solo artists was really interesting. Enjoy my impressions of my favorite pieces after the jump.
Kaleidoscopes are a big thing for me, not only because of our kaleidoscopic scarf and legging designs but also because my new passion: The geometric surface kaleidoscopes that you can create with the Berlin-based D3LTA photo app. It’s just so much fun! It takes a while to develope an eye for the kind of photos that are suitable for the different filters in the app. But once you get into it, it’s really interesting what amazing results you can get. I especially love when warm colors get contrasted by cool ones, or when very busy textures unexpectedly meet plain homogenic surfaces. These contradictions can be wonderfully intense. I have a few examples of that after the jump. They are totally The New Blue!
On Friday the makers of the D3LTA app will open their first exhibition with the most amazing results of the submitted kaleidoscope designs so far. To our excitement one of my early designs got selected for this as well, so I’m one of the exhibited artists, yeay! More infos on the vernissage and some more examples of my kaleidoscopes that I took with D3LTA after the jump, as well as the chance to get a sample of the brand new fragrances by Comme des Garçons.
This Thursday the Stroke Art Fair for urban art is opening its big exhibition at Alte Münze with a full program of parties, workshops and live painting sessions. As we are big fans of urban art this is a must-go for us and we are looking forward to the works of all the graffiti, street and comic artists, illustrators, as well as graphic and motion designers from around the world that will be presented. Don’t miss the big opening party hosted by MVSCHI Kreuzberg on Wednesday night and the aftershow party on Friday night and the closing party on Saturday night. The exhibition will be open to the public until Sunday night. Get a little taste of what to expect after the jump.