There’s a striking moment when you step into Rekorder Galerie und Café. With clean lines, an original tiled floor and stuccoed ceilings, this compact space near Bergmannkiez is certainly perfect for a morning coffee or after-work wine. But there’s something else that catches your eye: a 2.5m–wide wall-mounted frame home to a single large-scale artwork. This combining of cafe and gallery came naturally to founders Werner Klemm and Amadea Badran, the former a film producer and the latter a Parisian passionate about sourcing French delicacies. For Klemm, exhibiting a single photo or video for a several-month period supports the individual artist, while allowing the different works to be understood as a single, extended exhibition. Badran’s food is focused too: think crunchy baguettes with ham and Brie de Meaux AOP, and fresh pastries from Albatross. Pausing to look at the work as you sample the Roquefort and a glass of Sancerre away from the bustle of Art Week, you cannot help but savour the moment. (Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Johanna Rademacher-Flesland)
What does infinity feel like? At the Berliner Festspiele‘s temporary installation on Mariannenplatz, it’s actually rather comfortable. As part of the second edition of their “Immersion” programme of art, talks and performances, the Festspiele have created “The New Infinity”, a futuristic laboratory that looks like a UFO from the outside and a planetarium inside. It provides an intimate and cosy setting for performances like visual essay “The Happiest Thought” by National Gallery Prize 2017 winner Agnieszka Polska. In it she describes a natural disaster that occurred 240 million years ago which led to the biggest extinction of species in history. Meanwhile the Metahaven collective, known for design at the intersection of politics and internet culture, draws on the domed architecture in their “Elektra” visual piece, a parable for our networked, interconnected present. And in “Non-Face”, sound artist Robert Lippok and digital artist Lucas Gutierrez bring the impossible to the screen as they explore the geometries of shapes that can only be represented digitally. In addition to “Non-Face”, Lippok & Gutierrez will also be presenting “Applied Autonomy”, a live audio-visual performance where graphic and rhythmic abstractions meet in real time. Tickets for this performance will be raffled online.(Text: Laura Storfner / Photos: Mathias Völzke, Agnieszka Polska)
Do you want to experience a moment of Infinity? We are giving away tickets to an exclusive screening of “Elektra” (Metahaven) this Friday night at 20h50 (13.09.2019). Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for your chance to win two.
Artist Talk with Metahaven & Luiza Prado de O. Martins, 12.09.2019, 20–21h30, Kunstquartier Bethanien, Studio 1
Artist Talk with Robert Lippok, Lucas Gutierrez & Natalie Koerner, 17.09.2019, 20–21h30, Kunstquartier Bethanien, Studio 1
Robert Lippok & Lucas Gutierrez, “Applied Autonomy”, 22.09.2019. 20–21 & 21h30–22h30 (Berliner Festspiele are giving away tickets for this event)
“Hast du Heimweh?” might be a familiar phrase for many foreigners in Berlin. Nestled opposite Gorlitzer Bahnhof, the word takes on a deeper meaning in the form of a family-owned Turkish restaurant. Heimweh, which literally means homesick, has been serving traditional Turkish kumpir, manti dumplings and tiramisu since 2016. The restaurant puts you in control of your kumpir and for this reason, it’s comfort food at its finest. Your potato can be dressed up as a hearty carnivore’s dream or dressed down with lighter varieties. From fiery jalapeños to fresh guacamole, you’re encouraged to build until bursting point. Come after 14h to avoid the lunch rush and enjoy a cup of complimentary Turkish tea, sit by the large, golden samovar and watch the world go by. Glowing with authenticity, love and care, Heimweh was the first place I came to eat when I moved to Kreuzberg. Now, since leaving Berlin, I have “heimweh” for Heimweh. (Text: Leah Dolan / Photos: Johanna Rademacher-Flesland)
Leah Dolan is a freelance writer and copywriter. Formerly based in Berlin, she has returned to London to study for her Masters in Arts Journalism.
Heimweh, Skalitzer Str.100, 10997 Berlin–Kreuzberg; map
Have you ever dyed fabrics or made your own drinks using plants? Well, I tried out the former at one of the workshops from Primitivkollektiv run by artist, botanist and co-founder of Avant Garden Life, Tash, and designer and permaculture expert Siobhán. Together they have developed a series of workshops on the topics of sustainability, circularity and herbalism, in which you can discover traditional botany within a small group. I took part in the Healing Cloth workshop and learned about the numerous medicinal properties of plants and how they can also be used to dye fabrics, which we tried out for ourselves on cushion covers. Next week (17.09.2019, 19–21h) the series continues with Medicinal Microbrew, where you will produce your own micro-batch Mead (an ancient alcoholic honey drink) and Shrubs (sour, alcohol-free fruit syrup) yourself. The fun continues in October with the Compost Colours workshop (22.10.2019, 19–21h), where you will learn how to extract colour from plant waste and use it on different materials. After my session I spent the most relaxing night in a long time on my soothing self-dyed pillowcase. (Text: Katie Burton / Photos: Barbara Cilliers-Pistorius)
Small town flair, idyllic gardens and bright colors: it is not without reason that Gartenstadt Falkenberg in Bohnsdorf is also known as the “Tuschkastensiedlung” (paint-box estate). As one of six similar Berlin housing estates, it was conceived at the beginning of the 20th century by architect Bruno Taut to provide people with affordable living space in green surroundings. The houses are compactly built on an area of 60 square metres, including garden. Despite this color-by-numbers policy, no two houses are the same, because the streets bloom with numerous different plants and flowers, while the color palette of the houses themselves ranges from sunny yellow and pastel pink to azure blue. During the hour-long architectural tour with Ticket B, I discovered not only Berlin’s city history, but how historical planning concepts can be instructive today. That’s precisely the idea behind Ticket B, and they offer many more tours too: whether modern designs, classic guided tours through the government district, or Bauhaus trips away. It’s a chance to learn not just about bricks and mortar, but how cities function and change. (Text: Hanna Komornitzyk / Photos: Hanna Komornitzyk, Strelka Insitut of Media and Design, Ticket B)