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It’s time for a gastronomic get-together of a different kind: On 28.5.2018, Brlo Brwhouse will unite brewing and cuisine under the label “Fünf – Vol. II“. This dinner event takes the form of five courses, prepared by five Berlin chefs, and paired with its own craft beer. Taking part this round are the Berlin establishments Kin Dee, Golvet, Frühsammers Restaurant and Brlo as well as The Nuc Duc Ngo, whose newest café, Toki The White Rabbit, recently caught our attention. Taking care of the drink pairing is beer sommelière, Sophia Wenzel, who has sourced her selection not only from the event host, but also from the breweries Heidenpeters, Schoppe Bräu, Bierfabrik and Fuerst Wiacek. The seasonal menu, with its refreshing pairings, promises to make for an inspiring evening — and a delicious start to the summer. (Text: Jennifer Prietzel / Photos: Brlo Brwhouse)
Art schools and universities are hubs for creative freedom — spaces in which diverse visions can be shared, tested and formed for the future. From tomorrow, Berlin University of the Arts’ (UdK) festival of music “Crescendo“ will share their aural perspectives with the public over 15 days of performances, masterclasses and artistic experiments. The program, designed by internationally renowned musicians and UdK Berlin Professors, Konstantin Heidrich and Markus Groh, is this year guided by the leitmotif of “imperfection” — creative processes still in development, fragmented programs, potential yet to be fulfilled. This manifests in performances like the “immersive.architecture.generator” (31.5 & 1.6.2018), in which a piano trio meets artificial intelligence and augmented reality, challenging the audience’s sensory perception of classical music. Or Bach’s incomplete work “The Art of Fugue” performed live whilst being reinterpreted on canvas by fine arts students (6.6.2018). But that’s just teaser: Delve into the entire program and mark your diaries for a more melodious next fortnight. (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker / Photos: Marcus Witte, Matthias Heyde)
As indicated by its name, don’t expect to find vodka or other Polish clichés at No Wódka, a concept store in Prenzlauer Berg. Instead, be prepared for a slightly different image of Poland, corresponding to the aesthetic preferences of Aleksandra Kozlowska, who opened the shop in 2014. From furniture, home accessories, through clothes to jewellery – all sorts of high quality products that reflect current trends in Polish design are selected by the owner. The whole assortment is made in Poland: pieces by smaller and bigger brands, but no mass-produced articles. For the store’s look and feel, Kozlowska teamed up with Studio Kontent in Warsaw. Handpicked items are showcased within the minimalist store interior, dominated by white and neutral shades, mixed with scaffolding beams. The space can be easily transformed and rearranged for various purposes such as occasional art exhibitions, workshops and other events. This very consistent strive to charm away stereotypes about Poland makes No Wódka something more than just a shop. It’s somewhat a cultural institution and therefore my personal favorite when it comes to Polish spots in Berlin. (Text: Justyna Burzynski / Photos: Baba Wie, No Wódka)
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Justyna Burzynski runs Berlinsko, a blog dedicated to Berlin’s Polish community, spends most of her free time at bouldering gyms, likes exploring Berlin and writing about it. She’s lived in Neukölln since 2012.
“Nothing will have taken place but the place.” It is with these words of French symbolist poet and critic, Stéphane Mallarmé, that Philippe Parreno’s untitled exhibition is preceded. Opening tomorrow (25.5.2018) at Gropius Bau, the show forms part of Berliner Festspiele’s “Immersion” program — series of exhibitions occupying the space between display and performance, requiring active viewer engagement, founded by Thomas Oberender in 2016. Paris-based Parreno, who is critically acclaimed for his film, installation and performance art, has been deliberately enigmatic as to what to expect from his latest show. His ongoing examination of the nature of time will be continued, with the reinterpretation of elements found in his former works — like a re-cut of the film “Anywhen” (2016), which was created for the Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall Commission, or the floral wallpaper found in “Marilyn” (2012). Does it sound a little elusive? A film program, including a Videoart at Midnightscreening on 8.6.2018, talks and lectures and a guided tourwith Tino Sehgal on 30.6.2018 are on offer to shed light on it all. (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker / Works: Philippe Parreno / Photos: Berliner Festspiele)
Tucked away in an unassuming side street off Unter den Linden is one of the most distinctive examples of Berlin’s DDR architecture — an impressive octagonal building constructed in 1969 by Richard Paulick, the lead architect of Karl Marx Allee. It houses Schinkel Pavillon, a contemporary art institution with a curatorial program that’s been going from strength to strength under the creative direction of Nina Pohl. Currently on show is the late work of revered French-American artist Louise Bourgeois (1911-2010), known for her large-scale installations and sculptures exploring sexuality, family, decay and death. The main octagonal room hosts one of her cells, “Peaux des Lapins, Chiffons Ferrailles à Vendre” (2006) — an iron cage structure dedicated to the intersection of memory, pain and desire. Inside, an array of her sack forms in chiffon — resembling organs and genitals, are suspended next to chains, interacting with a column of marble pieces which alludes to a human spine: Lack and decay are omnipresent. Downstairs, four vitrines (2005-2010) and a series of red gouaches (2007-08) continue the artist’s exploration of interdependence and separation. Laden with emotion and subversion, the ensemble of pieces lingers on the mind long after a visit. (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker / Works c/o The Easton Foundation/VG Bild-Kunst / Photos: Andrea Rossetti)