Mass-produced fashion not your style? Head to Bikini Berlin to design accessories that are unmistakably your very own. During Fashion Week (5.–7.7.2018), Berlin’s own fashion tech label ElektroCouture will be running a knitting workshop in the atrium of the concept mall. Not to worry — neither crafting abilities nor any specialized textile skills are needed. Anyone can take a seat at the workshop’s digital workstation to create their perfect scarf, dreaming up a totally original design or using a variety of preset options. The result will be knitted from the finest merino wool and delivered within a few weeks. Each promises to be a truly one-of-a-kind piece – envious glances from fast-fashion addicts guaranteed. Bring on the winter. (Text: Lisa Staub / Photos: Bikini Berlin)
How can we rethink the way we organize our urban spaces? From 16-30.6.2018, the second edition of MakeCity: Festival for Architecture and Urban Alternatives will tackle this question, all across the city. Hosting the festival’s main hub this year is the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, which is offering us a rare glimpse into its Rem Koolhaas-designed building, usually closed off to the public. Covered with an oversized grass carpet, the courtyard will transform into “PlayVoid”: an area for relaxation and exchange. For the duration of MakeCity, from 18h every evening, drinks and street food (by the likes of Tiny’s Pizza) will be served, accompanied by a program of events, many of which are open to all: From live music and free salsa workshops to nail art by Isla Nails, a collaboration with Dutch-Belgian film series ”Prachtige Films!”, book readings, and FIFA World Cup screenings. The festival wraps up with a farewell party on 30.6.2018, during which students from TU Berlin will present their “Plug-In” refugee housing project in the form of a community pavilion, accompanied by a Syrian band and an award-winning Dutch choir. That’s just a taster though — follow the Facebook page to keep tabs on the regularly-updated full program. (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker / Photos: Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Berlin, Isla Berlin, Tiny’s Pizza)
PlayVoid — MakeCity: Festival for Architecture and Urban Alternatives Hub
Florence, Italy, 1919. A request from a bar patron to stiffen up a classic Americano cocktail (Campari, vermouth, soda water) was met by replacing soda water with gin. The customer was Count Camillo Negroni, and the drink to which he lent his name remains an icon nearly a century later. Next week (4-10.6.2018), its legacy will be lent to myriad good causes worldwide under the banner of Negroni Week, a seven-day celebration of the bittersweet aperitivo classic, organized by Campari and Imbibe magazine to raise money for charity. Over 1,000 bars will take part across Germany, each creating their own unique twist to the cocktail — like the “Negroni Amicizia” by Curtain Club or the ”Negroni Palais de Tokyo” by Schumann’s Bar. That’s just a taster though. Each will donate a portion of their profits to a charity of their choice, such as Tafel Deutschland, which works to eliminate food waste. In case you need another reason to round up friends for an al fresco aperitivo next week, take a look at the full list of participating bars (released here on 4.6.2018) and cheers to raising your glass to more than just an enjoyable evening. (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker / Photos: Jessica Weber, Mario Voit)
Negroni Week 2018, 4–10.6.2018.
Various locations around Berlin: Full list released 4.6.2018.
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)
“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)