photo: Amtsgericht by Herz&Blut
Since the beginning of our blogging experience we realized that Berlin has so much more to discover if you just open your eyes a bit wider. We always wanted to find the hidden gems, the undiscovered artist, the small off-theater production and give them the attention they deserved. Now after 7 years we managed to have quite a good knowledge of the city, but still every once in a while we make exciting new experiences here that take our breath away.
Last week we shared a similar experience with a group of fellow Berlin bloggers (FindingBerlin, Herz&Blut, Ghetogether to name a few). The guys from the Kulturfestival Wedding & Moabit wanted to show us the highlights of Wedding with a little tour and they did a marvelous job in presenting us not only spectacular architectonical highlights such as the Amtsgericht Tiergarten but also shared personal moments and anecdotes of their Kiezes with us while enjoying a slice of pizza.
From today on until September 14 the Kulturfestival Wedding & Moabit will transform these two neighborhoods into a lively creative oasis of ideas and festivities. Theater plays, dance performances, exhibitions, picnics, guided tours and of course an endless number of parties are just a few things you can experience during these days. Our recommended hotspots are the famous club Anita Berber, the monumental Amtsgericht and of course the Stattbad Wedding. Maybe after this weekend you will have a different view on Wedding and Moabit. You should also heck out our Fashion Week Guide to Wedding by the way. After the jump some more impressions from the different locations. Find out about the whole program of the festival here.
Wow, can’t believe it’s already been 7 years since we started this little blog called iHeartBerlin that changed our lives completely. I’m super happy and proud of what became of this project and how we all have evolved with it. We’ve seen so many great things, not only here in Berlin, but in the whole world, met so many great, talented people and had some amazing opportunities given to us thanks to this website.
We are celebrating this of course! It’s not a round number, but hell, 7 is the coolest one digit number so let’s do this! We have 7 different surprises prepared for our 7th Anniversary, two of which we have already revealed. I can already tell you to mark your calendars for the following dates: September 17 and 20, and October 2, 2014. We have big things planned… Read more about it after the jump.
Ai Weiwei at Boros Collection
When I went through my city guide archive on iHeartBerlin I noticed that I neglected one of my favorite districts of the city a little bit in recent months. I lived in the North of Mitte for about 4,5 years and I quickly grew very fond of my neighborhood there around Rosenthaler Platz. Even though I live in Prenzlauer Berg now I still go there all the time and I really miss some of the places that I used to frequent on a daily basis. Mitte might have the reputation of being overly commercial, but I think still it is the best place for food, fashion and art as it has the best fashion shops, most important art galleries and the most popular restaurants in town.
As part of the brand new Heat Map by Heineken I was asked to create a list of my favorite places in Mitte. This Heat Map features the most interesting places not only in all the districts of Berlin, but also in Hamburg, Düsseldorf and Stuttgart. For my list I decided to create a little art tour through Mitte with some of the most important galleries for contemporary art as well as some of my favorite places that you will come across on the way. This walking tour is my ultimate suggestions on how to spend a day in Berlin-Mitte dedicated to art. Keep your eyes open on the way, as you will come across some nice shops, cafes and restaurants as well. Enjoy and be inspired!
They are all such an integral part of our lives here in Berlin, but what do we really know about our street names, or more precisely about the people that our streets are named after. Berlin-based illustrator Jenny Lettow was wondering just the same and started her project dedicated to the education about street names. In her series of illustrations she researches about the history of the street names and transforms her findings into little illustrated collages. Have a look after the jump and find our about Miss Columbia, Edith Kiss and Simon Dach.
One of my favorite places in Wedding are the Uferstudios. They have become an amazing creative factory for dance and performance in the last couple of years and I had the chance to see a bunch of interesting experimental pieces there that I would have missed in more conventional theaters. As often with off-theater spaces the choreographers and directors working there are young and unknown so far and most of the productions just play a few times only. That is why even for us it is sometimes hard to decide which pieces might be worth the trip and which are not.
Fortunately, the Tanznacht happening over the next couple of days might be the right thing for you to discover this beautiful creative space. From the 28th to the 31st of August 2014 several shows of all kinds are going to take place in the different studios. From a variety of choreographers and dancers performing during the 4-day program we can already recommend the piece by Jared Gradinger and Angela Schubot which we had the chance to see before. Aside from contemporary dance, this year’s edition has a special focus on video performances screened all over the place. Also the courtyard of the location will get a design intervention by Club Real. Discover the whole program here and also check out their magazine. More photos of the performances after the jump.
Earlier this year we already presented you the first teaser video of a project titled Faces of N. by Berlin-based audiovisual artist Gabriel Shalom. In the short film you can see model and designer Nicole Roscher (Von Bardonitz) in front of a mirror undressing and dressing in several outfits but edited and looped in a way that the sounds that she made with her clothes and movements assembled a beat and a melody. But the video wasn’t everything, it was an introduction to a full audiovisual EP that Gabriel presented live at an event at CAKE studios a few months later and has now released on his website for the world to see. The EP consists of 5 new videos of Nicole shuffeling and ruffeling her clothes. The sounds recorded during the filming of the video were sampled with a method called granular synthesis which uses very small pieces of audio to create new tones. Some of them were also worked on with an equalizer to emphasize certain frequencies. The result is a set of minimalistic and experimental tracks that will remind you a bit of breakbeat, but stripped down to its core. Enjoy all 5 tracks and the intricately edited videos that go with them after the jump.
While Berlin itself has countless amazing things to discover in its center, it also has some great weekend-escapes outside of the city. For the art lovers we found a little pearl outside Berlin which might be the right thing to do on a cloudy day.
Inside an old abandoned mansion the Rohkunstbau installs unique art exhibitions every summer. At Schloss Roskow you will have the chance to experience all kinds of contemporary art in an extraordinary setting. The theme of this year’s exhibition is Revolution and it deals with issues of globalization, political participation and the subversive power of art in any revolution. Some of the artworks are quite subtle while others are rather concrete, but always very smart. Again the curator Mark Gisbourne has done a great job in creating an interesting mixture of artist and art forms.
The mansion itself has a very compelling history. It was the house of Leutnant Hans Hermann von Katte friend and gay lover of prince Friedrich II. They had the plan to escape together from the evil dad of Friedrich II. (how romantic) but got caught by spies and Katte was executed (now I see that my parental issues might be marginal in comparison). And what we learn from that: Life can be tough shit even if you are a Prussian prince.
I strongly suggest to use one of the weekends in August or September for a little trip to the countryside to see the Rohkunstbau 2014. You will have a unique art experience and while there you should also check out the surroundings. The exhibition is open until Semptember 21, 2014. More photos of the exhibition after the jump.
On Friday young artist and visual designer Nicola Napoli opened his first solo show at the CLUB and the turn up was amazing! So many people followed his invitation and made this a really great opening. At his show that will still be on display until September 4th he did not only show his famous Berghain artworks and other nightlife related pieces, but also a very new and amazing illustration called “K.O.tti” depicting Kottbusser Tor. It is actually his most amazing work so far perfectly capturing the contemporary Berlin Zeitgeist like nothing I’ve ever seen. I bet this one will be in history books about our time some time in the far future. In his panorama of the popular hotspot in the center of Kreuzberg he combines all the different worlds that come together here: The Turkish shop owners selling fruits and Döner, the junkies at the corner being zoned-out, the young hipster kids with their transparent tops, the Swedish tourist with their instant cameras, the African drug dealer spreading some magic feelings, the Burka-wearing Muslim ladies and other random folks stumbling by. It’s a fantastic interpretation of this unique place in Berlin. And this is only the start as Nicola is planning to create these panoramas for other districts and popular spots too. I’m certainly looking forward to see more. Meanwhile you all should head over Nicola’s webshop and order the beautiful hand-signed and numbered limited prints of his pieces. After the jump a closer look at K.O.tti.
From time to time we have the wonderful opportunity to enjoy an extraordinary dinner experience such as a secret supper club. We love these kind of dinners were random strangers meet at a house of another stranger and get surprised by all kinds of delicacies. These types of dinners take a special place in our memory not only for the food but also for the interesting encounters with the other supper club guests. Berlin has so many wonderful supper clubs to offer and some of them we reviewed over here. One supper club we would like to recommend today is called Le Articioche and is organised by two Italian girls living in Neukölln. Their special recipe: for every dinner they serve they invite a special artist to give a creative contribution. For the one we went too, we had the chance to enjoy contemporary dance in between the courses of tasty Italian dishes.
This Wednesday they will have another supper club with the topic abstraction. A performance by Sub Human Bros will create the right atmosphere to guide you into the abstraction era! Don’t miss this intense experience and reserve your seat since the capacity is limited. By staying in touch with their facebook page you will know when their next dinner will take place. After the jump you will find some photos from the last supper club we attended to.
On Friday our friend and talented young artist and illustrator Nicola Napoli is opening his new solo exhibition Party Hard that is a compilation of his nightlife related artworks including one big new piece about Kottbusser Tor. Earlier this year the Italian-born and Berlin-based artist became a bit famous for his illustration of the cue in front of Berghain. The club owners liked his work so much that they commissioned him to do the flyer for one of their monthly party programs which turned out to be an even more popular piece of his portfolio. Get a taste of what to expect on Friday after the jump and make sure to come by for a drink at he opening reception.