This is the story of Ignatz Nacher. In 1905, Nacher invented the pasteurization of beer, which was followed by the opening up of his own brewery in Berlin. And not just any brewery; here, the first production of the now famous Pilsner beer was celebrated. But, being German and Jewish, the Nazis claimed it for the regime and Nacher eventually died poor in Switzerland, while the brewery helped fund the war. It’s not a real happy story.
We’ve just been sent the excellent new book, Style Diaries: World Fashion from Berlin to Tokyo, recently released by Prestel. Style Diaries is a photo book which profiles 44 young and hip fashionistas who keep online diaries of their outfit du jour.
Rigaer 105 is a non-commercial project room based in Berlin. It attempts to operate in a non-consumerist and non-capitalist way and it’s run on volunteer basis by young people from across Europe. The aim is promote cultural exchange and social understanding, making it an open and inclusive space for people wanting to exchange ideas, knowledge and abilities.
Matthias Heiderich is a Berlin-based photographer. This work is from his series entitled Color Berlin. Along with photography, Heiderich is also a musician and records electronica-IDM-experimental music under the name, Massju.
Sharing a space with Australian designer, Anneliese Hauptstein, This is Make Believe, and other designers, Guy Keulemans and Kyoko Hashimoto, the creative team behind We Are All Made of Stuff have recently opened a summer pop-up shop/studio/gallery/temporary event space rolled into one: ‘having lucked into finding the perfect location in the gritty and cool Reuterkiez district of Neukolln, the desire to make something interesting and fun was irresistible’.
Whether you think it’s a beautiful expression of civil disobedience/public art or a wanton act of vandalism, the cyclists who dumped thirteen gallons of paint at the busy Rosenthaler Platz in Berlin were ballsy, and they definitely made an impact with the passing traffic creating colorful lines all over the road.
Poland’s notorious volcanic ash dilemma halted planes around the world, but one thing it couldn’t overshadow was Smirnoff’s Berlin Experience over the weekend. Complete with their self-built centred table loaded with synths and computers, headlining act Simian Mobile Disco treated vodka-induced Germans — and anyone else who could make it — to an epic set […]
My fellow Germans — or anyone willing to fly to Berlin — should go check out the solo exhibition Supreme Beings by emerging Aussie artist Kill Pixie (aka Mark Whalen). His latest series of geometric paintings are on display at Berlin’s Merry Karnowsky Gallery until December 19. I’m particularly intrigued by Kill Pixie’s use of […]
The problem with building ice figures is that the damn things are always so determined to melt. These remarkable looking ice figures were created recently by the World Wildlife Fund to raise awareness about global warming. There were 1,000 figures all up, each of which melted throughout the day on the steps of the concert hall at Gendarmenmarkt in Berlin.
Street artist Blu is back with a series of new videos highlighting his recent large scale wall art animations, including this one above: painted by Blu in Berlin during November 2008.
One of the best record stores I have visited in recent times is the centrally located music store, Dense in Berlin. Their selection is impeccable, their staff are very friendly, and they know their music. I have visited many music stores around the world — including Ameoba in LA, Tower in Tokyo, Kims in New […]
I’d never before seen a museum where the building itself is the attraction more so than what is exhibited inside. Built by Daniel Libeskind in 1999, the Jewish Museum in Berlin is worth a visit even if you are not an architecture fan.