What we see, what we do and who we meet: it usually happens right in our neighborhood. These little randoms make up most of our lives here in Berlin. With every little piece of the puzzle we hope to get closer to portraying an authentic picture of the city.
A couple of months ago a Korean food restaurant opened up on Reichenberger Straße next to where I live. It looks like it’s been there since the 70’s or something, a shabby, worn-out, completely undecorated place that smells and looks grimey as fuck. I don’t know how it can be legal (or somehow even possible) to establish a restaurant like this.
My friend Ari is a great person. She always texts me to get a drink and I always fall asleep before I can get back to her. Ari is crazy in a good and academic way. Her art happens in her mind first, and when she feels she can share with you the processes and thoughts that spark her creativity,
Okay, I’ll admit it: I don’t really like shopping. No wait, let me correct myself: I don’t like shopping in the real, non-online world. As a true materialist, I of course like having stuff, but the downsides of physically buying it are just fear inducing. Spending hours running through the city or — God help me — a shopping center, masses of people moving
My favorite activity in the world, next to actually eating food, is ordering food. Especially in this muddy piss weather, there’s literally nothing better than ignoring the world outside and have someone take care of your dietary needs while you’re binge watching ALL the US TV shows that you missed when you were never home in the summer
Most people are surprised to hear that Neukölln has its very own museum. Even more if they realize that it is not the kind of cheesy “Heimatmuseum” they expect. Actually Museum Neukölln has a young team with an fresh approach. They curate very different works which circle around the many nuances of Berlins notorious neighborhood. This month Museum
Quite a while ago I shot a series trying to widen the range of my photographic techniques. As often, this idea came by accident when I realized that with an old fashioned Sony Walkman mobile phone it is hardly possible to produce what you would regularly call a “good photograph”. Using the technical weaknesses of this trashy gear led me to the
A new year, a new number, an old routine. 2015 just kicked off and we are already facing dozens of events that will accelerate the rhythm of the city back to its regular hectic pace. CTM x Transmediale seem to be the most interesting of these festivities yearning for attention. Since 1999, CTM and transmediale have been taking place in
Ah, the Gräfekiez. Our little Prenzlauer Berg enclave beyond the Landwehrkanal, right amidst the leftovers of the so-called “Berlin Ghetto” at the cross between Kreuzberg and Neukölln. Gräfekiez: the only area of Berlin NOT in the far away West that my visiting parents feel comfortable hanging around in. And on my spießig side, I also very
Sometime around 2012, we decided to do a “best of” of our favorite pictures and our lives of Berlin — every year. We keep on with the tradition, and one thing I’ve noticed is that most of us rarely use the big cameras anymore. We don’t care for high quality, even though the DSLR pictures still stand
For some reason, the first snow of a winter is a special time of the year, the confirmation that the cold season has finally begun – even though a rainy Christmas is already bygone. It’s this very particular day after horrible weeks of sleet and freezing winds when the season’s romance suddenly unfolds and covers the city with its heavy,
If you drove home for Christmas, if you left Berlin and took the train or the plane to get back to your family every year, you might think back about your Kiez, your friends and those who stayed, who always told you that Berlin would become a calm and sedate place during the season. Otherwise, you
It’s that time of the year when Berlin is supposedly super empty and eerie, and the streets are deserted and there is no noise but a silent, Christmassy spirit. I’ll never know because I always return to my parents’ for the holidays (boo-hoo, right). I challenge everyone to prove how empty Berlin can be! But anyway, HAPPY HOLIDAYS! (And
Ach, Sonnenallee. It is one of my favorite streets of Berlin. I call it my “Little Orient”. The sidewalks are plastered with display windows full of Arabic, African and Turkish junk, specialities and culinary delights. Berlin is known for its multicultural residential areas, of course. Kreuzberg has quite a reputation with its citizens of Turkish
There is at least one great thing about winter in Berlin: I stop being the only one without a taste in fashion. Since everybody is wrapped in layers and layers of functional clothing (which is incidentally only sold in bright neon colors) and hiking boots, I can finally pretend to have the same level of style awareness as