It’s been over a year now that the amazing and huge pastings of French streetartist JR started to pop-up all over the city of Berlin. The oversized photos covering the walls of several buildings in Mitte, Wedding, Friedrichshain, Kreuzberg and Prenzlauer Berg were part of his series Wrinkles of the City that he had already done in other cities such as LA, Shanghai and Havana. On April 17, 2013 his Berlin works were also celebrated with an exhibition at Galerie Henrik Springmann. The idea behind the project is a very charming and simple one: He took portraits of elderly citizens and pasted these onto the walls of their cities melting their own personal history reflected in their wrinkles with that of the city they grew up in.
It’s a beautiful series and I loved discovering all the different artworks all over the city and capturing them on my Instagram channel. Some of them were very present and you walked by them many times, others were more hidden. The last one I only found recently about a year after the exhibition. What I noticed lately was that more and more of the pastings have been disappearing, faded by the weather, ripped off, covered up, or their walls have been torn down. It’s sad to see them go, but that’s also part of their life as art in public. Every exhibition ends some time. Today less than half of the 13 pieces are still there. As I really enjoyed them I thought it would be nice to compile all my Instagrams and photos together in one post as a little memento to the wrinkles of Berlin so at least here on the blog they can exist forever. Enjoy!
After the great success of the Berlin Wonderland exhibition last weekend the Urban Spree Gallery in Friedrichshain is already opening its next group exhibition tonight. Spaces is a group show of the local collective of photographers called Berlin Fotografen. The exhibited work is dedicated to the exploration of the presentation of photography in a room with all its dimensions. It takes a look at the photo book as a presentational room as itself versus the open exhibition space of the gallery. After the jump you can get a preview of some of the photographs, more to see tonight at the opening. The exhibition runs until June 21, 2014.
This heat is getting on everybody’s nerves who has to sit in front of a computer and can’t escape the city and venture to cooling lakes. To support the poor ones in the offices we picked some very special eye candy that will make you feel hot and cold at the same time. In the photo series Ecce Homo Berlin-based photographer Evelyn Bencicova shot naked bodies in a quite artistic way. The depicted faceless nudity doesn’t feel to me in any way pornographic, but shows the sublime beauty of the human body in all its forms. Enjoy the photos after the jump.
If you want to get a little bit nostalgic and remember the good old times of this beloved city than there’s nothing better than visiting a photography exhibition featuring the analog highlights of the past. Around the fall of the wall Berlin was really a mysterious wonderland for both sides of the German population. A place where you could jump naked in a pool at night, meet crocodile-transvestites on the street and bungee jump at Brandenburger Tor. Everything seemed possible with the lowest of efforts. The empty houses and bumby streets were not perceived as a depressing background but more as a diorama of multiple possibilities. Collected from several photographers the curator Anke Fesel and Chris Keller choose over 200 pictures all around the first years of the 90s. The result is not only a coffe table book full of good old memories but also a great exhibition which opens its doors this Thursday June 5 at Urban Spree and runs until the June 8, 2014. Don’t miss it! More photos from the book Berlin Wonderland by Gestalten after the jump.
If there is one thing going on in Berlin right now that I recommend to absolutely everyone doing it’s this year’s edition of the Olympus Photography Playground that’s currently taking place at the Opernwerkstätten. What it is is a big exhibition with nine amazing artworks by international artists AlexandLiane, 3Destruct [ANTIVJ], Clemens Behr, Dean Chamberlain, Leandro Erlich, Philip Beesley, Anna Bruns & Thomas Brown, Transforma and Maser that are actually more than artworks, they are entire sets. And the fun part about it, is that you can walk into these sets and do something that so many exhibition in museums and galleries strictly forbid: taking photos. And boy is this fun. You can either focus on the artwork and explore it from every angle with your camera, or you can jump into the picture and become a part of the artwork yourself. Let’s call this #artselfie.
To give you the best possible experience at the Olympus Photography Playground you can borrow one of the new Olympus OM-D E-M10 cameras for the exhibition and keep the SD card afterwards. Last week I took a bunch of friends to the opening and we all tried out one of these babies. While the design is reminescent of old analog cameras, the technology is slick and new. This system camera has way to many great features for me to name here, but the one that I enjoyed the most was the wireless transfer of the photos directly onto my smartphone so I could post them on Instagram. What a blessing!
After the jump you can enjoy some of our photos that we took with these super cool cameras. If you wanna play around yourself you still have time until May 25 daily from 11-19h (also on the Easter holidays). In addition to the exhibition there is also a program of panel talks, workshops and live sessions for you to enjoy.
Some people search for paradise in Berlin, some prefer to travel the world to find it. Like the artist couple Kate Bellm and Edgar Lopez. For two years they were “kidnapping moments” of beauty, passion, life and excitement around the world. Kate by taking photographs and Edgar by collecting objects and creating drawings. Now they came back to their home base and are ready to share with us their inspiring findings. Far from being traditional travel photos or documentation, they present a series of colorful fantastical, surreal and with highly tension charged imagery at the gallery space Pavlovs Dog. More impressions, the address and time after the jump.
After the CLASHWALL, the big new street art mural at Torstraße, now comes the PHOTOCLASH, another one of the creative Sneaker Clash events by Converse. What is the PHOTOCLASH? It’s your photo turned into a piece of unique art by local illustrators and urban artists, such as Mike Friedrich, Bene Rohlmann, DXTR, Dome, Johannes Mundinger, Blo, Saddo and The London Police. How do you participate? You just have to submityour photo via Twitter with the Hashtag #clashmyphoto and with a tag of @Converse or you go to the PHOTOCLASH Studio at Mein Haus am See at Brunnenstr. 197/198 today or tomorrow night between 18 and 2h to have your picture taken there. How does that look like? Jump over the jump to see it and have fun getting your photo clashed!
When I look around me in the streams of social media channels of Facebook, Instagram and co. it’s pretty obvious: We are living in the “Generation Selfie”. At first I was a little critical about the aspects of vanity and redundancy that came along with this new trend. But by know I have come to understand this as yet another form of communication of youth culture and our contemporary society…
In the times of Instragram everybody seems to call himself a photographer. Luckily, there are enough talented people out there proving that photography is more than taking a selfie with a vintage filter. One of these exceptional talents is the Turkish born and now Berlin-based Eylül Aslan. Her sensual, strangely provocative and unusual photos make you immerge into a twisted fairytale world. Rarely you will see the face of the photographed subject and more often your imagination is left with nothing more than a shadow or a silhouette as a fertile ground for your fantasy to run off. For a full immersion into her enigmatic world we are giving away one copy of her recently published book “Trauerweide”. How to win and more photosfrom Eylül’s book after the jump.
Since my earliest childhood days I was in love with books. The combination of paper, ink and colour was for me the diving board into my own fantasy world. Until the day I learned reading myself, I was forcing all kinds of people to read stories for me. My father worked for the university and we always had young students at home for dinner or even for parties all night long. I remember wandering around the crowded rooms as a little boy and picking up the prettiest girls to read a story for me. The most talented storytellers of the night would then get the honour to read from my dearest pop-up book. Like a small Houdini I was eager to impress the student crowd with the secret magic tricks and illusions my books were capable off.
Growing up I kept them and additionally started collecting more and more pop-up books. Nowadays, I have them on display behind glass in my living room. Some of these books are beautifully illustrated, some have funny gimmicks or even glow in the dark. Not all of them have an artistic or a monetary value. But all of them are impregnated with all kinds of memories from my childhood, when my imagination used to be way more vivid and was able to take me away from real life. Therefore, it let me venture deep into a fierce dark jungle with little monkeys to play, snakes to enchant and wild tigers to tame.