The swoosh or the stripes? Let’s face it: From sneakers to supermarkets, we’re all hype beasts in one way or another. The power brands wield over modern life will be the hot topic at cultural debate event Cliché Bashing #4, on tonight (17.5.2018) at Drive. Volkswagen Group Forum. Amongst the panel members this round will be David Roth and Carl Jakob Haupt of the fashion blog Dandy Diary and Britta Heidemann, Olympic champion in fencing. Moderated by Sissy Metzschke and Volker Wieprecht, industry insiders and experts will be split between “hype beasts” and “no logo” to tease out questions of brand power in conversation with the audience. Register here and prepare for an entertaining and thought-provoking evening spent deconstructing the clichés surrounding the logos competing for our attention, our wallets and our loyalty. (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker / Photos: Drive., Dandy Diary)
When we do yoga, we want to escape from the fast pace of everyday life and make more time for ourselves — at least for the length of a course. Yoga Now wants your time out to extend beyond Shavasana, and into your daily life under the slogan: ”What’s your yoga?” Jan Herzberg founded the studio in July 2017 to offer yoga for everyone, with styles ranging from Jivamukti and Ashtanga to Yin Yoga, and teachers taking a free approach to designing their classes. I attended a morning Ashtanga course and really enjoyed the light-flooded room and the unexpected tranquility before the Asanas commenced — after walking through two rear courtyards and up several flights of stairs, the hustle and bustle of Kreuzberg is quickly forgotten. Most courses at Yoga Now are designed for both beginners and advanced students, with the exercises are adapted to the level of individual participants. You will be challenged, but not overwhelmed, and you will definitely feel rested after. Plans to extend the attic into a kitchen and roof terrace made for meditation whilst overlooking the rooftops of Kreuzberg are currently in the works — in the meantime, you can find a view to your inner self during a free meditation session on Sundays. Namaste. (Text: Jennifer Prietzel / Photos: Yoga Now)
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How about an epic start to next week? A Monday night spent immersed in rousing philharmonic melodies — listening to one of the greatest symphonies of all time, to be precise — sets a profound tone for days to come. Life, death, and the existential anguish invoked by the gap between them — all this is expressed in Mahler’s 9th Symphony. On 7.5.2018, your chance to come under its spell presents itself at the Berlin Philharmonie, where the Berlin University of the Arts(UdK Berlin) Symphony Orchestra will perform the masterpiece under the direction of Steven Sloane, following Dieter Schnebel’s “Mahler Moment from Re-Visions II”. The German composer will be in conversation with musicologist Prof. Dr. Ariane Jeßulat prior to the concert in the Philharmonie’s Hermann Wolff Hall, sharing his take on this epic work that marked the dawn of a new era in orchestral music. Pick up tickets here for an extraordinary Monday night — which can be the first of many, by the way, given that the night is a prelude to “crescendo”, the UdK Berlin’s festival of music, coming up from 25.5.-9.6.2018. See how you can start future weeks off on the right note here. (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker / Photos; clockwise: UdK Berlin (Timo Brüsewitz), Marcus Witte)
7.5.2018, Introductory talk 19.15h, concert starts at 20h.
Sometimes the freshest way to update a spring wardrobe is to dip back into the past — filling in the gaps with heritage pieces that outlast the seasonal shift both in their style and quality. Until 28.4.2018, your chance to stock up on a few staples presents itself at the Sunspel Archive Sale in Mitte. The luxury English heritage brand is offering up to 70% off select pieces from its collections over the years, from handcrafted T-shirts made in the brand’s Nottingham factory to underwear and footwear. The quality of the fabric takes centre stage in Sunspel’s creations: With over 150 years’ experience of sourcing and developing materials from around the world, the brand continues to innovate with luxury fabrics, from fine cottons to jersey knits and piqué. Get in quick — although they’re created to last, these pieces won’t be staying on the store rack long. (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker / Photos: Sunspel)
Candy pink foam carpet lines the floors and walls of Haus am Lützowplatz, transforming the art space into one continuous field of vision. The scene is set by Heiner Franzen for “Großes Gesichtsfeld” [Great Field of Vision], the artist’s first institutional solo show in Berlin. This eye-popping exhibition build fits neatly into Franzen’s decades-long career. His work has no beginning or end: Drawings, videos and sculptures comprise his perpetual portfolio are reworked, stripped back and layered over time. For this show, Franzen dips into his archive to present works such as “Schaukel”, a hypnotic video loop of a man struggling against his tranquilizer chair — a continuation of the artist’s exploration of confinement and how we move within it. The performative act of speech is another topic which has kept Franzen busy over the years; here represented by a series of mouths animated in stop motion. The blurry bottom half of an “O” says “friend” over and over, and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s flipped, warped face creaks as it attempts to emulate a human smile. The works evoke the style of lo-fi gifs but have in fact been painstakingly cut, filmed and pasted together over and over again. They leave our eyes searching for respite, only to be confronted with the searing pink backdrop, which reminds us to take another look at the shadows flickering in our peripheral vision. (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker / Artworks: Heiner Franzen / Portrait: Andreas Bohlender)