photos: Gero Brelder
There is nothing that I find more intriguing than people loosing control and all their repressions on the dancefloor. For me that’s the definition of Voguing: Fighting for the sparkles of the disco ball every minute of the song pumping through the stereo. Some of this fighting spirit I am excited to experience live at the Berlin Voguing Out Festival that is taking place this week.
In 2012 Berlin Voguing Out introduced the first Voguing festival in Germany and since then this unique event has established itself within a very short time as a melting pot for the international Voguing scene.The third edition of the Berlin Voguing Out Festival will be even bigger and more colorful than in recent years. The program includes lectures, workshops, film screenings on the history of Voguing and the highlight of the festival, the Voguing Ball with its famous runway and dance categories.
This Wednesday there will be a special screening and an opening party at the Sophiensaele that you shouldn’t miss. On Thursday there will be a Voguing contest and on Friday a spectacular Voguing Ball. The final party on Saturday at the Berghain Kantine will probably get everyone jumping off their feet and into a coma after this crazy dance marathon.
More photos of previous Voguing events after the jump.
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.
It’s hard to believe that it’s been 10 years now since I went to Berghain for the first time. Time flies! Even though I had also been to previously legendary techno clubs such as the old Tresor, Casino, Ostgut and the original Panorama Bar, WMF and the old Maria I have to admit that even I was impressed when I walked into this amazing building with its unique architecture, interior design and integrated art that can’t be compared with anything else. It was to be expected that this would become one of the worls most renowned clubs. Next week, on Thursday August 7th 2014, Berghain is celebrating its 10 year anniversary with a huge exhibition at their Halle, the huge space that is on the right side of the building and that they sadly rarely use for public events. Artists Norbert Bisky, Marc Brandenburg, Ali Kepenek, Sven Marquardt, Carsten Nicolai, Piotr Nathan, Friederike von Rauch, Sarah Schönfeld, and Viron Erol Vert will show a wide range of genres including painting, photography, installation and sculpture. We can be looking forward to a spectacular show in a spectacular setting I am sure. After the jump you can get an impression of what these artists have created in the past. Of course their work for the Berghain exhibition titled 10 is still kept secret. You can visit the exhibition from the 7th until the end of August.
photos: Philipp Pusch
If you would even dare to try to take party photos at Berghain you would probably be banned to hell or worse. I’ve seen furious bar tenders leap over the counter to kick people out who took photos of each other with their smart phones. But luckily they can’t prohibit any kind of photography outside of their sacret premise so taking pictures of the people in front of the club is a good alternative. Recently a photoset of the people in the cue of Berghain made the rounds on the internet. And today we have a brand new one for you by young photographer and communications designer Philipp Pusch who stationed himself several weeks in front of the famous club with his middle format camera to portrait the people who went home after 8, 12 or 16 hours in the techno tempel. The result is a beautiful black and white series of 16 portraits of the young and charismatic Berghain goers who look surprisingly good after all these hours of dancing. Enjoy the series after the jump.
Nicola Napoli is a talented young visual designer from Italy currently based in Berlin who can count renowned clients such as Vice Magazine, musician DENA, adidas, Issyvoo, Noisy and Soundcloud to his list of references. His work includes album covers, prints for garments, magazine layouts, illustrations and other creative products and projects.
One of his recent works for Issyvoo made the rounds on social media websites and became quite the hit. It shows a playful interpretation of the line in front of the famous Berghain nightclub and what happens to the people who get rejected at the door. What’s interesting about it is how Nicola sees the different kinds of people you would imagine going to Berghain (the reality is actually not quite as flamboyant).
As it’s our Lucky Thursday you can now win one of the high quality limited edition art prints of this amazing illustration. Get a closer look and find our how to win after the jump.
Night life Berlin is the title of a great book of photos that tells the visual history of drinking, celebrating and dancing in Berlin from 1974 until today. Check out a preview after the jump.
photos: Bettina Stöß
For more than three years Staatsballet Berlin, one of the best classical dance companies in Europe, and Berghain, for many Berliners the best club in the whole universe, worked on their second artistic collaboration. Based on new electronic music tracks by Henrik Schwarz, Marcel Dettmann with Frank Wiedemann and DIN (Efdemin & Marcel Fengler) three different Staatsballett choreographers presented a contemporary dance piece. The topic and also the title of this three-part evening is: Masse (mass) as a social and physical phenomenon. Read more about my experience of seeing this unique production after the jump.
These photos are quite unusual in two ways. First of all, when do you ever see proper photos from the inside of legendary Berghain? Right, almost never, as it’s strictly forbidden to take pictures there. And secondly, what’s with the petting zoo? Is this what’s going on there in the days between Tuesday and Thursday when the club is not open?
What it actually is are some stills from the short film After Hours by Steffen Köhn and Phillip Kaminiak that you can currently see as part of the exhibition Kultur:Stadt hosted by the Akademie der Künste until the end of May. It was the first time that the owners of Berghain let someone film in their precious club, but I guess no-one would have said no to host a film shooting with cute animals. Enjoy some more photo stills and the details of the exhibition after the jump.
photos: Ulf Saupe
While the Panorama Bar always had a quite glorious club decoration in the form of a permanent exhibition by Wolfgang Tillmans, the Berghain area in the middle floor always had to live without any art. Just about two weeks ago this finally changed when the Berghain revealed a new permanent exhibition by Australian-Maori artist Joseph Marr in the bar area to the left side of the club. Under the glass of the bar counter you will now find a 9 meter long sculpture made of sugar. The glowing amber piece depicts a chain of bodies intertwinded with each other in sexual poses giving the title Together a lot of sense. Get a preview of the amazing artwork after the jump and check it out live on your next Berghain Sunday.
artwork: Jose Romussi
The temperatures are dropping, the snow is getting thicker and the events going on in Berlin are getting fewer. Still, there is quite a few nice things going on in the city. Kreuzberg Kalender is having 2 smaller events this week, the Salon Mindpirates is having his final week and then there is a series of Christmas-themed events toward the weekend. Enjoy the week in the snow! The events after the jump.