Memories of parties are always a bit of a blur. But I do tend to get a bit cheesy remembering all those moments full of love. Like when you’re super exhausted after dancing and laughing all night, but you still don’t want to go home because THIS song, I love this song, and I need to stay. After a couple of years of
Gentrification is like climate change. Its so obvious that everybody talks about it all the time but nothing happens. That leads to people getting annoyed by the topic, so they eventually start to ignore it. Gentrification is in the media, in politics, in rap-songs and on house-walls but most of the time the debates exclude
In order to take a weekend off from bustling Berlin, we decided to allow ourselves a calm holiday at the Baltic Sea. We hoped to find some rest in a small hamlet on the island of Usedom, but little did I know that I would also find the staid and sedate model of a typical German village: our lovely retreat turned out to be the stage of a peculiar play.
As if the Kitchensurfing concept wasn’t exciting enough, the makers of the culinary networking website have thought about a new idea on how to connect foodies with their local creative chefs. The Kiez Eats is a weekly program hosted by different cooks that invites interested people into a night of superb food. With a bit of
Our man Jan Herdlicka continues his charming project “Sammelkarten”. I think you know the procedure by now: you can get a package of beautiful handmade mini-prints of Jans photographs. If you are lucky you even find a “print”-card in your package, that gets you a nice print! All you have to do is like his page and write him!
During the last weeks I spent long nights viewing and ordering my messed up photo archive to pick out proper shots for my new website. In that process I found quite a lot of old and interesting photos I almost forgot about. Like this series about graffiti messages I started to shoot in early 2007. Back then, my attention got from
This week is all in the motto of the ITB, the international travel trade show of Berlin. Ben, who helped me out with a study for university, has been much into the subject of travelling himself. He created the Big Blog Map that displays blogs from all over the world. He’s been living in Berlin quite
After 300 demonstrators gathered at Eastside Gallery earlier today to disturb the demolition of parts of the longest remaining stretch of the Berlin Wall, the building contractor and police decided to delay further construction. One piece of wall was removed, protestors are afraid that demolition will be continued later today or at night.
Like most European cities, Berlin has a historical center. And I don't mean that newish stuff around Unter den Linden, I'm talking about the medieval village of today's Nikolaiviertel. I am sure that any tourist can tell more about it than most Berliners, but how many people know about the quiet and shady atmosphere that sets after nightfall?
During the winter time of the year, Tiergarten resembles a mysterious, enchanted forest. It’s vast and so empty. With the occasional runner passing our way, we were basically alone when strolling through the snow-covered grounds. I remember how packed and crowded the park is in the summertime. I don’t like it then, people leave their shit
Haus der Kulturen der Welt. This name is not just weirdly uncomfortable to foreigners, but to German speakers too. Haus der Kulturen der Welt. You'd think that Germans, who like to put words together, would call it "Weltkulturenhaus". It's remote area is pretty exceptional, too. To me, it seems just SO out of the way of anything that you'd have to be really dedicated to go to an event or exhibition. I know I used to pass it on one of my many trips with the designated tourist bus line "100", and keep thinking: man, what the hell, why would they place such a gorgeous object right into the middle of nowhere (and yes, Tiergarten is right in the middle of nowhere to me, because IF IT'S NOT IN KREUZBERG THEN HOW CAN IT EXIST?!). All joking aside, this is an exceptionally important place in Berlin. The Haus der Kulturen der Welt (House of the Cultures of the World - seriously, can we just call it Bert or something from now on? It just feels so cold and impersonal) is an institution full of cultural insights, from concerts to exhibitions to readings to films to conferences and whatever else can be visually exhibited in the "world cultures" context. Remember how everybody went crazy about the Transmediale partys a couple of days ago? Well, if you were so inclined to actually participate rather than just get wasted, you'd have known that the Haus der Kulturen der Welt plays a central role in enabling the exchange of cultural practices, even in music and popculture. Besides, it's one of the last institutions that is still completely funded and commissioned by the state, a growing rarity in Berlin.