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There are few places where literature is as alive as at Remi, the new canteen at the head office of Suhrkamp publishers. Architect Ester Bruzkus has taken this unloved corner of Torstraße and created a spacious, stylish ground floor restaurant. The cuisine is by Stijn Remi of Lode & Stijn fame, though here things are more relaxed than at his Kreuzberg restaurant, forgoing the pristine linen napkins lest a young author start writing their new novel on them. Starter options include an almost meaty baked beetroot served with hazelnut, blackberries and frozen feta, and lightly marinated brill with grapes, cucumber and chili. Follow up with the perfectly cooked mussel tagliolini or the mackerel served with kohlrabi noodles in yoghurt. A main of gnocchi with mushrooms, spinach and whey sauce has a well-judged autumnal earthiness, while to finish is the choux à la crème with cardamom ice cream, marinated plums and cream sat between choux pastry. For liquid accompaniment, try the kombucha served fresh from the tap. In sum: Remi serves flavors you could write volumes about. (Text: Eva Biringer / Photos: Robert Rieger & Ramona Razaghmanesh)
As autumn closes in, some welcome relief is provided by the European Month of Photography (01.-31.10.2020), a month-long festival where 100 venues across Berlin and Potsdam will host artist talks, guided tours, screenings, workshops and of course lots of photography. “Europe — Identity, Crisis, Future” is the theme this year, reflected in the main exhibition “Continent – In Search of Europe” held at the Akademie der Künste, where 22 works from the Ostkreuz Agency reflect on the personal, social and political phenomena of European coexistence. Meanwhile, major events from 1989 to 2011 become tangible in “The Masses“, a collection of works by late photographer Krzysztof Miller at the Polish Institute which document emotional moments during that period of change. Berlin’s river is the focus of Götz Lvov’s “Spree Cuts“, which tracks the river’s path from Friedrichshain to Moabit and Spandau. With works from 500 artists plus a program of workshops and discussions, the decentralized concept at this year’s EMOP is not only apt for the times, but also reflects a continent that is more complex than ever. (Text: Hanna Komornitzyk / Photos: Dawin Meckel, Pindar Street, a.d.S., Die Wand, © Dawin Meckel, Ostkreuz – Courtesy: Akademie der Künste; Andreas Mühe, Biorobot II © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, Courtesy: St. Matthäus-Kirche; Birk Alisch, Gamechangers © Birk Alisch, Courtesy: Lette Verein Berlin)
European Month of Photography: 01.–31.10.2020 at venues throughout Berlin and Potsdam. The complete exhibition program is available online. Many tickets are free and can be booked via the website.
When I first came across Greenfinch it looked more like a construction site than a cafe. But soon owner Vincent transformed this Bötzowkiez space into a welcoming, cheerful vegan venue whose individual interior really stands out with its fresh, post-modern look. For brunch, pancakes, toasted banana bread with peanut butter & jam and fresh croissants are a top choice, with lunch dishes like the delicious stuffed sweet potato available from 12-15h. “We want to convey a conscious and sustainable lifestyle, without creating the feeling that you have to do without anything,” says Vincent. As part of this, the cafe also offers yoga classes and meditation in the Greenfinch Backyard plus co-working spaces to bring together like-minded people. Positive vibes all round. (Text: Lisa Kiesewetter / Photos: Bui Luu Quynh Nguyen)
Lisa Kiesewetter is a creative freelancer and yoga teacher focused on wellbeing and mindfulness.
MIRJA MAUNO TEXTILE DESIGN WORKSHOPS — CREATE YOUR OWN FABRIC PATTERN AND HAVE IT PRINTED
Do you spend your days looking for the perfect curtain fabric or dreaming of the sofa cushion that’s just your style? How about making them yourself at one of the Mirja Mauno textile workshops – expertly led by British-Finnish textile designer Hanna Mason. A vivid pattern pro, Hanna will guide you in creating your very own textile pattern, from the basic principles right through to the design itself. You and your (socially-distanced) co-designers will spend an afternoon learning and getting inspired from an array of colors, materials and literature before you choose a pattern from your various sketches and drafts. Your design will then be brought to life at a professional print shop where it will be printed onto fabric either by machine or digitally (the printing is included in the price). The afternoon goes by like a flash, and you leave with some handy new skills and full of excitement as you await your textile creation. (Text: Nina Trippel / Photos: Joe Wray)
Mirja Mauno workshops at Studio Hertzberg, Sonnenallee 174, 12059 Berlin–Neukölln; map
The next Corona-compliant workshops will be held on 11.10 & 25.10.2020. You can book your space online.
Founders of the Berlin-based collective Bi’bak Malve Lippmann and Can Sungu set out to create a new space for cultural exchange and discourse with film as the medium. The result is the cinema experiment Si̇nema Transtopia, which opened in September 2020 at the Haus der Statistik by Alexanderplatz. On show are regular film series, such as this week’s un.thai.titled which presents new perspectives on Thailand including the feature Manta Ray showing this Friday (02.10.2020) that depicts the Rohingya refugees in Thailand. The screening is followed by a discussion complete with delicious Southern Thai food. Also coming up is the film series How Can We See (each other)?(08.-23.10.2020), which takes you on a journey along the Silk Road, from Hong Kong to Cairo and Urumchi to Kobanê. The films are all shown in a living room-like space within the impressive GDR-era building, and manage to give a platform to perspectives which are otherwise unheard. And it’s not just films on show: the program also features performances and discussion formats all under the transnational theme. You can find the complete lineup and tickets online. (Text: Ramona Razaghmanesh / Photos: Marvin Girbig, Ramona Razaghmanesh & Bibak)