The Virtual Berghain Trainer

The Virtual Berghain Trainer

I wonder if there is any other club in the world that has people so invested into getting in or not like Berghain. The notorious door policy of the famous techno club, the long lines, the much feared getting-bounced-part. All of this kind of created a whole genre of internet entertainment all dedicated to (ironic or serious) tips on how to pass the strict door men, how to dress and how to behave inside. For us old Berliners this has taken almost comical proportions, but I can’t help it, I still enjoy all of these little projects and articles about it, even though I personally haven’t gone to the club in years.

So here is yet another one, but quite interesting, as it used new technologies that I haven’t seen yet in this form. It’s a virtual Berghain trainer that simulates the door situation (minus the long cues and the actual bouncers of the club) through an interactive video…

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Monypolo – In Love with Business at the Theater

Monypolo – In Love with Business at the Theater

photos: Olga Khristolyubova

Big business is a big game that nobody in Berlin really wants to play. The big players of German economy are only visiting town for a chitchat with their creative agency filled with hot interns all hoping for a spectacular career or at least a spectacular Instagram stream.  But true fact is, that the real money business is not happening in Berlin. Or maybe we just don’t see it very well.

Creating visibility and an understanding for the mechanics of  the dirty business world is not always easy. Therefore  I am looking very much forward to the theater game Monypolo in Summer 2016 from the makers of Game of Life. Until then we can prepare our self to play. In a short theater prequel series at Ballhaus Ost several topics around the strategies of business life will be presented during the year. Tonight is the premiere of the third episode. The topic evolves around consultancy companies. Find out the dates of the play here and check out the photos of this trash glam spectacle after the jump.

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A Street Art Scavenger Hunt

A Street Art Scavenger Hunt

Recently Berlin-based artist duo Various & Gould have revealed a street art scavenger hunt as part of the Backjumps exhibition opening at Kunstraum Bethanien. We absolutely love this idea, combining art with an interactive game and making it an experience that goes beyond the traditional gallery visit. What the artists have prepared for this hunt is an illustrated version of a short story by Polina Soloveichik that has been divided in 6 parts that are being spread out along a route in Kreuzberg. With each illustration you will also find a part of the story (in German, but with a QR code you will be able to get a translation in English on your smartphone). It’s about three construction workers named Maik, Paul and Jörg and the secret about some abandoned construction sites. The works will were revealed in conjunction with the opening of Backjumps. You can get more details on the Various & Gould website. With the hashtag #PublicTale photos and comments about the project can be tracked on Twitter and Instagram. After the jump you can see photos of the street art pieces.

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Bears chasing Honey – An interactive Video

Bears chasing Honey – An interactive Video

When it comes to hilarious commercials there is one thing that always works: Animals doing funny things. We just love those silly cat videos, don’t we? But what can we do if the animal doesn’t do what we want it to do in front of a camera? Or if it’s simply too dangerous to work with? Well, easy: We put an animal costume on an actor, same effect and naturally more goofy looking.

Thanks to Jim Beam we have exactly one of those funny animal videos to admire, and this time it’s even interactive. In support of the campaign of their new Jim Beam Honey they developed a little jump’n’run style interactive video where a pair of bears is chasing after someone who stole their honey. Of course it turns out to be quite the silly adventure with bears blow drying each other’s fur and playing bondage games in a fishnet. Wait, wait – bears, blow dry, bondage? Is there some kind of frisky gay subcontext in this? Well, maybe… or maybe it’s just me. Either way, you should check out the little video about the game as it was installed in a shop window where people on the streets could participate and later on be invited on a drink of sweet and smooth Jim Beam Honey. Or even better: Play the interactive game yourself on Youtube, right after the jump.

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