Since March 2018, we’ve had a mouthwatering new reason to spend more time at Neukölln’s Weichselplatz: W Pizza. Opened by design dealer Darius Suski and chef Łukasz Sołowiej (formerly of Zola), this hip Neapolitan pizza joint doubles as a bakery — with a Kees van der Westen “Spirit” espresso machine, for the record. The two Ws in its logo stand for wheat and weed — yes, you heard that right. The pizza dough here is expertly made with equal parts wheat and hemp flour before being wood-fired in a traditional Stefano Ferrara pizza oven, imported direct from Naples. The menu is short and sweet: Starters a tasting plate featuring fluffy focaccia and deliciously lemony olives to tide you over until your sumptuous pizza is served. It’s a tough choice between the classics, like the Bufala, and the more inventive options such as the “Eggplant”: eggplant cream, salsiccia, provola and basil, or the “Radicchio” pizza bianca: radicchio, gorgonzola, walnut and honey. Don’t hold back. P.S. From mid-spring, breakfast will be served on weekends, too. Word on the street is that Darius is developing a croissant with a pistachio filling. If the quality of the pizza is anything to go by, we can’t wait for our first bite. (Text: Lisa Strube / Photos: Anna Dorothea Ker)
With their iridescent light and saturated colors, these long-awaited spring days are fast luring us out of hibernation. Berlin artist Camilla Richter captures the seductive atmosphere in her new installation, “Light Catching Shadows”. Through 28.4.2018, viewers can marvel at the work via the panoramic window at concept shopping mall Bikini Berlin. Camilla originally studied product design, and her preference for clear structures and functionality shines through her practice. Light is what enthrals her most, especially in its interplay with through glass — which here takes on a pragmatic yet poetic quality. The carefully-positioned elements of the installation were specifically designed for Bikini Berlin, and includes dichroic glass which interacts with rays of light: depending on the angle, new shadows take shape, making colors appear almost tangible. The work playfully interacts with the considered architecture of the building, which incorporates natural light seeping in through its impressive window facade, flooding the space with the effervescence of the season. (Text: Jennifer Prietzel / Photos: Pamina Aichhorn)
Camilla Richter “Light Catching Shadows“, through 28.4.2018.
As if time has stood resolutely still, Libken’s “Plattenbau” (a prefabricated apartment block, typical of East Germany) emerges as a modern monument to thought and creation against the bucolic landscape of the Uckermark. In 2014, Larissa Rosa Lackner, Theresa Pommerenke and Christoph Bartsch initiated their first artist residency here. This year (2018) sees the second round of a special scholarship for culinary arts, which, from July through September, gives recipients the chance to conduct research on the art of cooking while experimenting with regional products. Together with local producers, the artists-in-residence prepare delicacies for a series of al fresco dinners entitled “Lange Tafel”. These events are open to the public, and my experience of participating still evokes vivid memories: An abundance of vegetables had been preserved and prepared with love, sophistication and appreciation. The sweet smell of bread and sizzling meat filled the air; life suddenly seemed simple again. Smiling faces surrounded me, while the fields stretched to the horizon, and a deer frolicked in the still of the evening. (Text: Katrin Pauline Müller / Photos: Larissa Rosa Lackner, Libken e.V.)
Katrin Pauline Müller is an author and an artist. Communication, body language, senses and emotions make up her field of exploration. She has lived in Berlin since 2000 and currently calls Mitte home.
In case you haven’t heard: banana skins are edible. But I have to admit, that’s just a teaser to pique your interest in the recent cookbook by Tainá Guedes. At the moment it’s available only in German, under the long title “Die Küche der Achtsamkeit. Mottainai: Nichts verschwenden, kreativ kochen, gesund essen” (2017, Kunstmann Verlag). “Mottainai“, as you may know, is a term borrowed from Buddhism and loosely translates as ”don’t waste anything that has value”. That’s to say: this book is all about delicious food, but most of all about handling ingredients with love and care and using leftovers for new dishes. It’s not a dry lecture in food ethics, however — instead, it’s a practical, inspiring recipe book for everyday meals, as is encapsulated in the cover, which features a smiling Tainá Guedes. The author was born to a Japanese mother in Brazil and, luckily for us, she moved to Berlin to inspire this city with her cosmopolitan spirit and knowledge — founding the Entretempo Kitchen Gallery, amongst other projects. It’s precisely Tainá’s unique blend of Japanese-Brazilian-European influences that make her recipes special. Like that banana peel — it’s fried, by the way. And it’s only one of many delicacies shared in the book, next to “São Paulo-style couscous”, Japanese noodle dishes, napkin dumplings and much more. (Text: Nina Trippel / Photos: Pamina Aichhorn)
Tainá Guedes: “Die Küche der Achtsamkeit. Mottainai: Nichts verschwenden, kreativ kochen, gesund essen” (2017, Kunstmann Verlag)
You’re up with the play on Polanski. How about Holland or Szumowska? Brush up on the greats of Polish cinema during the upcoming 13th edition of FilmPolska from 25.4-2.5.2018. The most significant film festival of its kind outside Poland offers a rich and varied program catering to cinephiles of all tastes – from art house productions, cult classics and documentaries to animation and video art. There’s a special focus on emerging talent this year: Young Polish filmmakers will have the chance to present their work to Berlin’s film critics and crowds. Screenings will take place in various cinemas across the city, including Babylon, Arsenal and Wolf Kino. The festival opens with Elwira Niewiera’s and Piotr Rosołowski’s award-winning documentary “The Prince and the Dybbuk”, a film that sheds new light on the life and work of Polish-Jewish filmmaker Michał Waszyński — one of the most eccentric personalities of European cinema during the early 20th century. See which other films pique your interest – the program this year offers myriad thought provokers and tearjerkers. Whatever you pick, prepare to gain a whole new perspective on our next-door neighbour to the east. (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker / Photos: FilmPolska)