Art

Mehrwert – A Colorful Concept Diner against Food Waste

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photos: Tabea Mathern

Let’s start with an incredible and really shocking fact: about 18 million tons of edible food are thrown away every year in Germany. And with the large number of restaurants and supermarket in Berlin, I guess our beloved city is not doing any better. The impact of the food waste on our economy and environment is huge, affecting people’s and animal’s lives all over the planet.

To understand from where waste comes from, how this affects your life and our lives in general, and to get input for changing this horrible food waste the Guerilla Architects, the Entretempo Kitchen Gallery and the visual artist Tabea Mathern decided to created a unique project together.

Right in the middle of Prenzlauer Berg inside a gallery space near Senefelder Platz they started the project Mehrwert, a fast food diner completely made of recycled materials and only serving responsibly sourced food. But this place is not only an artistic pop-up restaurant. The aim is to create awareness and to share opinions and ideas to make our food consumption a bit less harmful for our world and our future. This happened for instance during several workshops and events during the last weeks.

If you want to check out this place, it’s open during the week from 10h to 16h and sometimes for special dinner events on the weekend (such as this Sunday). The closing party is going to take place on March 18th 2017.

Claudio by Claudio
on March 10th, 2017
in Art, Prenzlauer Berg, Restaurants

Dance\\\Ruption: Breaking the Rules of Classic Dance

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photos: Jacob Schickler

The old classical stage arts like Opera and Ballet not only have an aura of exclusivity through the high skill set you need to master to be part of one company. It is also a fix set of rules and hierarchies that makes this art forms a closed world, that usually excludes innovation and change.

But in a world of digital disruption, where everybody can be an artist, a poet or a photographer just by creating things for the internet also the old castles of the cultural world feel a little earthquake of change is needed to be still appealing to a younger audience. An audience that is not impressed by discipline and humility but rather by the creativity of breaking old fashioned ways of thinking. A disruption that will cause new qualities and unexpected results to emerge.

Embracing the concept of surprise I can’t really tell you how the 9 new choreographies of the Dance\\\Ruption performances this weekend will end up to be, but I am more than fond of the idea behind it.  In this special choreographers’ lab, selected company members of Staatsballett – Berlin will switch to the role of a choreographer and devise their own pieces together with their colleagues. These choreographies – all of them world premieres – will then be presented to the public in the rough and beautiful setting of the Tischlerei der Deutschen Oper. The idea is to break given roles and traditions to present the future of choreography today.

We had an exclusive sneak peek at the rehearsal starring Paul Busch and Patricia Zhou, dancing the choreography of Olaf Kollmannsperger. Check out the results after the jump.

Claudio by Claudio
on March 2nd, 2017
in Art, Photos, Theater

City of Singles – Portraits of Tinder Exhibition

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The new exhibition of the painter Jiyeon Kim that will have its vernissage on the 25th of February is probably one of the most interesting art events I’ve seen around. The concept is simple but quite ingenious at the same time. The artist invites us to actually take a closer look at the images that all of us have been dealing with a lot at some time in our lives – the Tinder profile pictures! Find out more and see a preview of the paintings after the jump.

Michalina by Michalina
on February 23rd, 2017
in Art, Events, Misc.

Celebrating Christo’s Work in Berlin

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© Christo, Photo: Wolfgang Volz

Christo’s Wrapped Reichstag was the first piece of contemporary art that I remember encountering as a child. The image of the building wrapped in silver textile has stayed in my head since then. But what’s impressive is that I didn’t see the installation happening live. Instead I remember seeing it on a picture on a wall of an Italian restaurant in Berlin. A place we casually went to with my parents as we visited the city. The photography was even signed by the artist himself. My parents took notice of it and told me the whole story.

Last summer Christo created Floating Piers in northern Italy. It was the first piece of his art I saw going viral in social media. Maybe the dynamic of communications has changed dramatically over the years, but I guess that Christo still is one of the few artists that can create such a large scale impact in our daily communication and visuality.

I am kind of sad because I probably won’t ever see a piece of his art happening in Berlin again, since his artworks are always unique and temporary. But what we can do to enjoy more of his art is taking a deeper look into the process of creation by checking out the art books around the art pieces published by the Taschen publishing house.

Today, Monday the 13th of February Christo will be in the Taschen store to sign himself his new books about the Floating Piers. Maybe you have time to check it out. After the jump you will find some more impressions of the book called Wrapped about the Reichstag wrapping.

Claudio by Claudio
on February 13th, 2017
in Art

Kebabs of Berlin

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The great thing about food is not only the obvious fact that it keeps you alive and gives you energy, but also that it brings people together. Sharing family recipes and traditions as well as eating and sharing food together is a wonderful thing and as old as history itself. When it comes to culinary features in Berlin, one can think about traditional German food, but also of the many Kebab places in the city. It almost feels like a german thing by now.

Alicia by Alicia
on February 9th, 2017
in Art, Misc., Photos

Berlin’s Most Dangerous Art

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Photo: Thomas von Wittich

We all know that Berlin is a beautiful, but at the same time dangerous city that truly inspires one to break the rules. It’s hard to find a more fitting example of this phenomenon than Berlin Kids, the daring graffiti creators who audaciously climb buildings in areas that we’re used to experience only from below.

We’re usually only left with the various sprayer works placed around town to account for their bold ventures, but on February the 8th, the Berlin-based filmmaker and author Good Guy Boris is going to shed some light on the circumstances under which those urban creations are being produced. Watch the trailer for the film and see some stills from the movie after the jump.

Michalina by Michalina
on February 3rd, 2017
in Art, Misc.

An Urban Art reinterpretation of the American Flag in Berlin

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photo: Studio Various & Gould

Unfortunately, not a day goes by without coming across a number of new articles, comments and memes about Trump. Quite rightly the shock about the new president and the new congress is still great. Thus, not only celebrities and big firms speak openly against the attacks on human dignity. At the Women’s March on Washington on January 21st 2017, thousands of people protested on the streets for the protection of women’s and human rights. Not only in Washington, but also worldwide in various cities and countries millions of people expressed their outrage about current politics, but moreover their readiness to protect each other.

Alicia by Alicia
on February 1st, 2017
in Art, Design, Misc., Mitte, People

The Story of the Tacheles Art House in Berlin

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photo: Stefan Schilling

The upcoming exhibition TACHELES 27 at the Klassenfeind Gallery in Mitte depicts a story of a monumental building that’s slowly but surely falling into decrepitude now, but used to be a vibrant center for creatives just a few years ago.

Michalina by Michalina
on January 26th, 2017
in Art, Photos, Stories

Narcissism in the Time of Social Media

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photo: Schall & Schnabel

Perfect, care-free, enviable: these used to be the three adjectives that would come up in my mind the moment I would take a look at the shiny profiles of my acquaintances on social media – one cannot really call them friends, right? There would have been plenty occasions in the past, where I would start wondering what my life lacks and is not as “cool” as theirs.

Taking insecurity to a brand new level I would even catch myself feeling sad, if my new post had not received the expected number of likes; choosing my new profile picture would demand a full-fledged strategy, that would put even the most acute Brexit negotiators to shame. However, I would still sense that this is not enough. There would always be someone flaunting various parts of their life they would be most proud of ranging from abs and new pieces of clothing to luxurious holidays – I still refuse to believe the existence of hashtags, such as #moneyisnottheproblem – and partying in the most talked-about clubs.

Nikos by Nikos
on January 19th, 2017
in Art, Stories

Illegal Art in a Berlin Subway Station

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Whenever a cool graffiti turns up over night inside the subway stations of the Berliner U-Bahn or even on their trains the artwork has a relatively short life because the BVG will probably remove it soon. Of course they see it as an act of vandalism on their property, even though they might recognize some of the graffitis as quite artistic, it’s still a disruption of their daily business that they need to remove. It’s a shame really, in some cases especially, because these pieces will catch the attention of so many passengers and will distract them from their daily routine of commuting, even make them think about the messages incorporated into the graffitis, just like art should: make people think about it. In the end it’s also just a nice change from all the bill boards.

Frank by Frank
on January 4th, 2017
in Art