We’ve come across quite few web shows about Berlin in recent years, but for us GERMAN-NESS might be the best one so far. Former MTV host Claire Oelkers is the face of the show that uncovers not only the beauty and uniqueness of Berlin, but also other German cities. In several episodes she meets unique characters such as musicians, photographers, artists and entrepreneurs and spends a day with them discovering the city through their eyes. The makers of GERMAN-NESS describe their format as an alternative city guide which is what initially attracted us. And that description is pretty spot on, because in this show you will discover a lot of things about Berlin that are far off the beaten tracks and that even I haven’t heard of before. I like how host Claire remains charming with a hint of German reservedness that leaves the spotlight for the guest of the episode.
So far the series has explored the cities of Hamburg and Berlin with several episodes each. In Berlin they visited some familiar creative people such as photographer Oliver Rath, musician and former Berghain bouncer Rummelsnuff, the guys behind the street art collective Peach Beach, rapper Miss Platnum, DJ and producer K-Paul, and a few more. The places they visit in each episode range from underground artist communes, huge street art murals in abandoned factories, to secluded lakes outside of Berlin. Each week a new episode is released on their YouTube channel which you should definitely subscribe to! After the jump we are showing you our favorite episode. Enjoy!
photo: Ganesha Balunsat
This is probably the most pressing question for many after and afternoon party friends in Berlin on any given Sunday (clearly we don’t need to ask this question for Saturday because the answer will be 100% for sure YES). I always fantasized about a secret webcam that gives you direct view onto the length of the cue so you know if you gonna be waiting forever or will swiftly slide in. And all of a sudden there it is: The new iPhone App Is There A Line At Berghain? is giving you the info you are looking for. It’s updated with the help of user feedback so it’s probably gonna be quite accurate as soon as it becomes more popular. Maybe this will even out all the peaks during the day to have a more fluent entrance situation? Oh let us dream, ok?
You might have noticed that lately we found several talented Berlin illustrators who have shown us their perspective on the city. Today I am glad to present you one particular artist who I have been following for quite a while. Sholem Krishtalka, is a Canadian illustrator and author and in my opinion one of the most talented storytellers of this city. He moved to Berlin nearly one and a half years ago and already created 30 short comic strips telling about his life in Berlin and his travels to other places in Europe. The short comics are little emotional journeys of a gay expat man here in Berlin, but I think that nearly everybody, no matter if gay or straight can relate to the tales of strange encounters happening in there. Some of the stories deal with general troubles, like finding a flat, others are more specific to the gay community. But all in all you realize that the comics are as unique as Berlin and no other place could have provided a better background for them. On Saturday, March 21, there will be an exhibition of Sholems dairies at the at SCHMIDT & HANDRUP gallery. Read a statement of the artist and all the details of the exhibition after the jump.
Berlin-based communications designer Malte Jensen gave us the big LOL of the day with his new birdhouse title The Birdhain. It doesn’t require a lot of explanation – it’s a bird house modelled after the architecture of legendary nightclub Berghain. It even glows in the dark and apparently there are no bouncers, yeay! No bird will get rejected. We can’t say the same about Felix the house cat… Thanks to Kraftfuttermischwerk and Dressed Like Machines for digging this one up More photos after the jump.
Our article about the Men of Sugar at Berghain is one of the most successful art posts we’ve ever had on the blog so we thought we give you a little look behind the curtain of how this amazing sculpture by Australian artist Joseph Marr that is installed inside the bar of Berghain has been created. The sculpture (which the artists prefers to call an object because it wasn’t actually ‘sculpted’) shows a chain of men intertwined with each other in sexual embraces. But what is most interesting about it, is not the explicit sexuality of it or the place it was put on display, it’s the fact that it’s entirely made out of sugar. But before the sugar there was the flesh! The production of the piece of course required some real men to get down and dirty and of course which better place to look for them than the infamous Berghain itself. So these horny devils are not a product of the artist’s imagination, they actually exist and where scanned in 3D while doing what they are now doing for eternity inside their glass coffin under the bar counter. Check out a featurette about the artist’s process of creating his scultures after the jump. And stay tuned to iHeartBerlin for exciting news about Joseph Marr’s upcoming solo exhibition…
Christmas is only one week away and FUCK you didn’t get any presents yet for your loved ones We are here to help you and have collected some of the nicest gift ideas that we have come across in the last couple of months. The great thing in our list: A lot of things are less than 25 EUR so you will definately be able to afford a good chunk of it. And we have something for everyone: traditional gifts like socks (but unusual ones of course), typical friends gifts like picture frames, some jewellery for the girlfriend, t-shirts for the boyfriend, laptop bag for the brother, cookbook for the mother, leggings for the little sister and so much more. Enjoy our suggestions after the jump!
Back in September we posted about artist Dorit Bialer‘s series of Berliners in a Box for the first time here on iHeartBerlin and this article became one of the most successful ones of our history. But also for the artist a lot of things happened since than as she has been in countless newspapers, tv programs and magazines with her witty and charming playmobil versions of stereotypical Berlin habitants.
Today we would like to show you some brand new works that have been made by Dorit recently as well as a couple of her early works from the series that came out in a first edition back in 2011. This time we have some contemporary classic Berlin characters such as the Berghain party girl and the Start-Up guy. And from the first edition we have the former DDR Athlete, the Israeli Immigrant (in reference to the artist herself), the Berlin tourist guide, the Hartz IVler from Friedrichshain, the old spinster, the Neukölln Immigrant and the 2011 version of the hipster . Enjoy some more Berliners in a Box after the jump and if you are still looking for a Christmas present for your loved ones you should have Dorit create a custom version of You in a Box.
photos: Fabian Frost
Undoubtly one of the strongest qualities of Berlin is its pulsating nightlife with an endless amount of bars, clubs, DJs and musicians. Especially the local techno scene is one of the most progressive and impressive music scenes in the entire world.
The young jewellery label GONEBERLIN has dedicated their first collection to Berlin’s techno clubs creating solid silver necklaces and brass key rings that resemble abstract versions of some of the most famous techno clubs in Berlin. These unique, locally handcrafted pieces become the perfect memonto of all the amazing parties that you will otherwise only remember by a thumping headache on the next day. The label is not commenting on which clubs they have used as inspiration for the pendants, but if you know your favorite club you will surely recognize it. Among them are the Golden Gate, Chalet, Berghain and the Bunker which is home for the Boros art collection now, but used to be a famous techno club in the 80s and 90s.
The jewellery is available in a strongly limited edition on the GONEBERLIN website and if you want to check it out live you should visit the Berlin Design Market at Neue Heimat this coming Saturday on November 8th 2014 from 13-22h. Enjoy some photos of the collection after the jump.
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.