On Thursday the high-end streetwear branch Demin & Supply of luxury fashion label Ralph Lauren celebrated the third and final part of their Project Warehouse series here in Berlin. The project evolved around the idea of combining the creative fields of fashion and art with urbanity and featured collaborations with international artists such as DJ AVICII and Alexa Meade.
For the final part they comissioned London-based artist Arran Gregory to remodel the front of a house with his graphical artwork that he is known for. Of course this needed to be celebrated and the amazing venue of the Kaufhaus Jandorf at Weinbergspark was the perfect place for it. Here a retrospective exhibition of Gregory’s work was combined with a batch of creative workshops inspired by his work. The guests of the event could dive right into the mind of the artist reproducing his iconic illustrations with silk screen prints on demin fabric. In another corner of the venue a huge white set with many props was erected that became the canvas for a big communal artwork where all the guests could contribute drawings and writings with black pens or paint brushes.
As a third workshop the guys from Impossible Project were invited to take Polaroid photos of the guests and instruct them to manipulate the instant photos with heat or chemicals or transfer the photos onto other surfaces to turn them into little artworks. How fun that was! Enjoy some impressions of the creative event after the jump.
photo: David von Becker
Tonight, Thursday October 30th, starting at 19h is the grand opening of the C/O Berlin in their new venue Amerika Haus. We got a sneak peek yesterday and say: It’s definitely worth a visit. All information about the opening exhibitions and the new venue after the jump.
photos by Yuto Yamada
Dubl Trubl is the funny title of the current group exhibition of one of our favorite galleries for urban art, the Urban Spree gallery at the RAW area in Friedrichshain. Curated by Discreet over 90 street and graffiti artists, mostly from London, had paired up and sprayed over every inch of the outside and inside walls of the gallery. This is a continuation of the fascinating concept to use the entir building as a canvas for art and this exhibition has made use of it in the most extensive capacity that I have seen so far. Even the trash cans were used for the art! What I like about the exhibition that it somehow seems like it’s still from one artist as most of the work kept in the colorspace that includes black, white and yellow. It looks pretty iconic this way and will be very memorable, though it will soon be painted over by the next exhibition I assume.
This Thursday the exhibition will celebrate its closing night so it’s your last chance to see it up-close. To make the finissage even more exciting it will also be the release of the Dubl Trubl documentary video and zine that was produced in parallel to the exhibition with lots of behind the scenes and making of material. Urban Spree is also celebrating the launch of Chrisse Kunst’s print collaboration with the artists Dave The Chimp, Billy & Alex, Thierry Noir, Aeon, Christiaan Nagel, Reka and more. So come by and check out all the shiny new things and discover all the Dubl Trubl street art and graffiti around the place. Some previews after the jump.
The Berlin Film Society is giving us a fabulous David Lynch inspired Halloween special this Friday. They will screen the directorial debut of the master of the obscure: Eraserhead from 1977. The event will happen in the the former Czech Cultural Institute at Leipziger Str. 60 (entrance Jerusalemer Str.) where we also hosted our 7 Year events. After the screening at 23h there will be a haunted house party with lots of references to David Lynch so all Lynch-inspired Halloween outfits from the guests are to be expected. You can still get advanced tickets for the event, check out the Facebook event for details.
For more Halloween events and parties please check out Halloween Guide here on the blog and our Halloween special on the Friendly Berlin app. After the jump a trailer of the movie Eraserhead.
photo: AANDO FINE ART, Osang Gwon
Ever since I can remember I have been intrigued with contemporary photography and fascinated by the possibility of stories being captured in a single image. That explains not only why the European Month of Photography, happening right now in Berlin, is my favorite time of the year but also why I’m so excited to share with you an upcoming exhibition entitled Well-Constructed. Embracing the current burst of South Korean culture and photography, the gallery space AANDO FINE ART in Mitte is bringing 5 internationally renowned Korean photographers to Berlin.
The group show investigates ideas of construction and perception manipulation whereby artists stage scenes of reality to create a conceptual narrative on their own. Expanding the possibilities of photography, artists Hongchun Park, KDK, Osang Gwon, Hyungmin Moon and Seungwoo Back are all on board, seeking to describe human experience and question primary visual perception. Among my favorites is Osang Gwon, who composes three-dimensional sculptures out of multiple two-dimensional images. Stunning, aren’t they? Take a minute to look through their works after the jump, before saving the vernissage date (November 07, 2014) in your calendar.
One of the most fun and memorable exhibits of the recent group exhibition by Your Mom’s Agency that took place at the same venue as our WE ARE BERLIN group show was the series of Berliners in a Box by Dorit Bialer. It was basically playsets made of customized Playmobil dolls and accessories that resembled the typical types of people you will encounter here in Berlin, such as the depressed Aldi salesclerk, the starving artist, the successful artist, the punks in front of Kaisers, the Prenzlauer Berg mom, the underpaid intern and so on. The packages are made with a lot of wit and love to the details so it’s really fun to explore all these Berlin clichees and they will certainly make you laugh. What is even more interesting is that the artist also offers to make these boxes custom made for you which could very well be the most original portrait you will ever get of yourself. But for now let’s enjoy the Berliners in a box!
When you live in Berlin for a while there are certains details about the city and its inhabitants that will somehow go into your subconscious and you will simply take them for granted. But when you arrive freshly in the city all these funny and awkward little difference to which ever other place you come from will stand out and make you wonder. For Italian illustrator and photographer Roberta Nateri it was just like that when she came here and as to be expected from a creative mind she started to turn the little details that she noticed about the style and habits of the people into adorable little illustrations. Have a look at her Lost in Berlin series after the jump.
On Saturday evening 4 of our 7 anniversary specials came together for one big special night at an exciting new venue in Berlin-Mitte. We celebrated the opening of our WE ARE BERLIN group exhibition with many of our talented photographers and artists, the release of our guest contributors new photobook BEARDICTED with the special barber shop photobox, the third edition of our BERLIN FILM NIGHT with our partners Mobile Kino and interfilm and our 7th anniversary party with a live concert by Berlin-based electropop band Pitchtuner and a DJ sets by our Tati The Fruit Salad a.k.a. DJ Obsalat amongst others. It was a super fun night for us and we are happy you all came, thank you so much! Two more anniversary specials are coming up, starting this Sunday with our Seven Suppers and next week Thursday with the Cinéma de Mode event as part of the Berlin Alternative Fashion Week. Enjoy the impressions of Saturday night after the jump.
Photographers are supposed to be active on the internet nowadays. You have to have at least a tumblr, flickr, Instagram and a blog to share your work with the world and get noticed. Surprisingly, there are still few young photographers out there where you have to go outside into the “real” world to discover their breathtaking pictures.
This happened to me with Heji Shin. Even though I knew her before through the Zeit Magazine conference were she was one of the speakers, I never had the chance to take a proper look at her work. But one day I walked into an empty subway station and was intrigued by the above picture hanging there. The merge between the street culture of Berlin of the people sitting in Görlitzer Park and enjoying life and the empty Opera house of Deutsche Oper was beautiful and twisted at the same time. So many hidden messages disclosed in front of my eyes in this quiet, beautiful but at the same time haunting photograph.
Looking over the full campaign Heji Shin shot for the theatrical season 2014/15 I have to say that these images really speak to me. They tell me the story about the multitude of creative culture in Berlin. About the collective, vibrating energy making the city shift into a myriad of shapes. But even though new things happen here all the time, some old things never change. One of them is the Deutsche Oper which is still one of the best Opera Houses in Europe. Even though the photos don’t relate to a specific piece they present the people working backstage and made me curios again for the big old Opera house far away in the West of the city. Maybe you think that you’re not even that interested in Opera. But I recommend you to go there at least once in your life. Because of course it’s great to check out all the new and exciting stuff going on. But it would be dull to forget about the cultural heritage and history which made Berlin the meeting place for the creative creme de la creme of good old Europe since the Twenties until today. It makes sense to put Berlin’s raw beauty on the center stage of the Opera. Both things are connected and go hand in hand, even if people sometimes tend to forget it way to easily. After the jump the magical campaign photos showing Berlin and the Deutsche Oper from its most transparent side.
While we are setting up our own exhibition WE ARE BERLIN yesterday we already got a peak at the two other exhibitions going on in the same loction both celebrating their opening tonight with Aerea Negrot DJing at the vernissage. The one exhibition is an impressive and dark painting exhibition by Codex that will happen in the room next to us. The other one is also a group show with young artists working in different genres and it’s organized by Your Mom’s Agency following their first show Twist in my Sobriety. It looks really amazing what I could already see and it reminds me a lot of the crazy group shows in the early days of HBC with art that integrates into all the different rooms of the venues. It’s going to be one hell of a wonderland with lots of artworks and installations to discover. Come by tonight for the opening and also get a sneak peak at our WE ARE BERLIN exhibition there. After the jump a few impressions of the works of the partaking artists.