Today we have something for your sense of smell for you. To celebrate the release of their pocket-sized collector’s edition of four of their most popular fragrances Comme Des Garçons is asking their fans: What’s in your pocket? Well, hopefully soon there is going to be one of the four mini flacons in the iconic CdG style in it. But until then?
To answer their question in a creative way and to give you a little inspiration on what your reply could look like, I created a little shirt pocket still life that pretty much reflects my current state of mind as I was dealing with a lot of pink rose petals lately due to our 7th anniversary of iHeartBerlin.
If you want to win one of the collector’s boxes with the mini editions of the four fragrances CDG 2, CDG2 MAN, WONDERWOOD and AMAZING GREEN you should take part in their Instagram challenge and post a picture of what’s in your pocket along with the hashtag #whatsinmypocket. Be creative! If you haven’t tested the amazing fragrances of Comme Des Garçons yet, you can request your free sample here, I recommend WONDERWOOD, it’s my personal favorite. After the jump a few more impressions and a little surprise.
I love photo booths! Ask anyone! It’s true! In my kitchen I have a little collection of different photo booth photos with my friends from various events and or even from the regular booths on the streets. It’s a tiny bit tacky maybe, but I love it anyway because it’s a nice little memento of a certain event or time you’ve shared with a friend.
At the Eastside Gallery along the former Berlin Wall there is now a brand new big photo booth you have to check out! More about it and some impressions after the jump.
On Friday I made my very first visit to the IFA at Messe Berlin, one of the biggest fairs for consumer electronics. I’m not a the biggest nerd when it comes to technology and gadgets. Of course for my work I need a laptop, camera and a smartphone. But that’s pretty much it, I don’t even have a TV. So before I stepped into the Messe Berlin halls I imagined the whole affair to be like and out-of-control visit to Mediamarkt. But little did I know what I was getting myself into. This turned out to be a quite immersive experience of an almost overwhelming magnitude.
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!
Hollywood actor and all-round talent James Franco thinks Berlin is really sexy. That’s why he likes to come here and already had two solo art exhibitions here at Perez Projects. But he also thinks your girlfriend is sexy. And he would like to tell her that in person through a nation-wide campaign by Coke Light. I think your girlfriend might like this so have a look after the jump what he has to say to her.
You probably figured out already by giving a look to our event guide that we are in the middle of Berlin Music Week. Until Sunday a great amount of concerts, festival and events are going on all around music of all kinds. We have mentioned Berlin Festival a couple of times this year. Also lovely, intimate and recommendable if you are into Scandinavian music is the Our/Berlin Festival. But today we would love to get your attention on another pretty nice festival happening open air on a roof over Berlin this upcoming Sunday.
Auf den Dächern Festival is an initiative of the online music channel tape.tv. Apart from their role of being one of the companies to kick off the digital start-up hype in Berlin they have become organizers of a couple of really nice music events. Their event series Auf den Dächern (on the rooftops) is one of my favourite since the amazing concert of Florence and the Machine I saw on the rooftop of former Kater Holzig.
Now we would like to give you the chance to have a similar unique experience. More after the jump.
The film festival circuit is a strange one. Some winning films of festivals get great attention once they are released cinematically, but some winners are celebrated one night and then disappear somewhere into the wide world of agents and negotiations. The Favourites Film Festival shows films from around the Globe that have won audience awards. The selection of short and feature films this year includes winners from Mexico, Afghanistan, Senegal, Germany and plenty of other countries. Each film is a unique star in the solar system of film art and luckily you can fly to unknown ones without risking a false start. Certainly a winner is not instantly a winner for everyone, but audience awards are usually a pretty great indication that most people will enjoy the cinematic experience.
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.
Considering the excruciating stiffness and dreadfully boring sense of fashion of us Germans (it’s true! just look around!) it comes as no surprise that it takes a looney pair of Aussies with a lot of sun in their hearts to create something like The Colour Parade here in Berlin. What it is is a fun little gathering of likeminded excentric individuals who want to praise the glory of self-expression in the most of colourful ways: with crazy-ass outfits and make-up. What a joy for the eyes and just what the grey, conformative crowd of Berlin needs to lighten the fuck up. The details after the jump!
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.