Berlin has long had the reputation for being uber cool; think The Metropol, the huge cathedral-like cinema which Dario Argento used to film his nightmarish horror films. Now, courtesy of The Michelberger Hotel, there’s an uber cool place to hang out when in the city. More of a collective experience than an hotel, the Michelberger is also a graphic design studio where their ‘crew of space cadets’ make many of the objects featured in the building. Check out its amazing website graphics.
The famed Tacheles art squat, a decrepit, decaying structure when it was first take over, nearly twenty years ago, has been closed and its occupants evicted by police this week. The closure signals not just the end of a vibrant, subversive era in Berlin’s famed art scene, but also a chilling precursor of further evictions across Europeas politicians, inner-city property developers and police collude to support the interests of finance and consumerism.
Wedding coming up? Want to class up your passive aggressive notes in the office kitchen? Or just have an appreciation for the beauty of the written word? Giuseppe Salerno is an Italian, Berlin-based calligrapher whose versatility and passion for the written word has kept him in constant demand. Salerno runs occasion workshops in Berlin, in English, for under $50, including all the tools to get you started. Don’t pass up the chance to learn directly from a true virtuoso of the form.
An homage to Berlin, that’s what you’d call this photo series by Michael Belhadi. The Berlin-based photographer captures the most beautiful and laconic places in Germany’s capital by using the look-and-feel of the 70′s crisp but soft pastel-colored aspects.
Olympics? What’s that? Hipsters are just going to do their own thing. Which means organising their very own version of the games: the Hipster Olympics. Held in Berlin, the best of hipster subculture gets celebrated with excellent contests incolving horn-rimmed glasses throws, skinny jeans tug-o-war, vinyl record spinning and racing in cloth tote sacks. Bring it on, we say.
Wu Yimeng is a graphic designer from Berlin who works on book layouts and print for cultural events. Having been in Paris and Berlin after growing up in Shanghai, her rich cultural background blends elegant Chinese tradition with real and digital paint. Her work feels well-balanced, light and playful. Her series of posters for the Berlin Confucius Insitute – the Chinese Cultural center – is remarkable for its theme and approach: objects of daily life bring a visual warmth while standing there without people around.
This is a TV station set up in Berlin with content by Anton Newcombe from the Brian Jonestown Massacre. Watch as he makes food and plays videos from the Dead Skeletons, to name but one. Is there anything this guy cannot do?
Berlin-based artist EVOL takes tattered cardboard canvasses off garbage-ridden streets, then draws and spray-paint stencils them to look like intricate urban cityscapes that look good enough to live in.
Berlin-based tattooist Peter Aurisch creates these fantastic works of art directly onto the skin of his clients. Surreal worlds appear to be penciled on. A self-confessed tattoo-snob, I have to say that these images have changed my perspective on sketch work art, as well as effectivity in splendour and brilliance, of which is here evinced through the medium of skin.
Ricky Powell is commonly known as the Fourth Beastie Boy and Def Jam’s unofficial chronicler. A New York native photographer, it seems logical that he has teamed up with PONY for a limited edition range of dunks that dropped in Berlin last week. I’m no die hard sneaker freak, but these are extremely fresh.
Your girlfriend/boyfriend wants to go camping but open air experiences give you the creeps? Well, in this Hotel, spiders, snakes or flies won’t be a problem. Hutten Palast is located in Berlin, so hipsters will enjoy their stay in the capital of street art while enjoying an (almost) authentic camping atmosphere.
This is an incredibly beautiful improvisation by Ólafur Arnalds and Nils Frahm during one of Ólafur’s concerts. Mind-blowing.
The Berlin Monsterkabinett fuses machine art and performance. A tour of the amazing work of the Dead Chickens Artist Group, the permanent evolving exhibition is housed in underground galleries at Haus Schwarzenberg: one of the few un-renovated courtyards surviving in the Hackescher Markt district. Allow a trusted guide to lead you into the bizarre and labyrinthine world of the Monsterkabinett, where monstrous yet loveble creatures — in turn terrifying, tragic and comical — dance and sing to a compelling rhythm.
Say you’re wandering the streets of Berlin and you happen upon a vintage milk and cheese truck that has a long line of people queued up outside it. What would you expect them to be waiting to buy: Frankfurters? Sauerkraut? A flotilla’s worth of German beer?
‘Acoustic techno’ sounds like an oxymoron. Yet this is exactly what German trio Brandt Brauer Frick produce. Those familiar with the pops and clicks of Berlin’s minimal sound will find their sound strangely familiar. For the rest, just sit back and enjoy the poker-faced musicality, it all its faux electro glory.