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DADDY MAGAZINE: BERLIN ZINE FOR UNTOLD STORIES AND CRITICAL PERSPECTIVES

DADDY MAGAZINE: BERLIN ZINE FOR UNTOLD STORIES AND CRITICAL PERSPECTIVES

How can writers use the isolation of lockdown to make something new? For Berlin-based online publication Daddy, the answer was to go all out with their first ever print magazine issue, Together. Behind the zine are co-founders Kemi Fatoba(also of Vogue Germany) and Joe von Hutch, who since 2016 have been elevating underrepresented voices both in Berlin and beyond with topical stories on culture, identity and race. Now you can read this journalism in print with 130 thoughtfully-designed matte pages of interviews, fictional works, photo spreads and poetry putting the perspectives of people of color and queer persons front and center. Story-wise, this zine has it all: a profile on fierce local ballroom collective House of Saint Laurent, a reflective article on being Black and British in Berlin, and an exposé on the racist nature of facial recognition technology to name just a few of the articles. Despite the breadth of topics covered, the magazine is still cohesive, with ideas of community, solidarity and intimacy coming up again and again. And while the tone is always critical, the stories leave you with a sense of optimism for the future – something we could all do with right now.

Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Savannah van der Niet, Matias Alfonzo at Mimosa Agency & We are Daddy Media

Daddy Magazine is available exclusively for order online along with a range of merchandise which helps support the project.

@daddy.berlin

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PODCAST TIPS: FIVE ART AND DESIGN RADIO SHOWS FOR YOUR LOCKDOWN CULTURE FIX

PODCAST TIPS: FIVE ART AND DESIGN RADIO SHOWS FOR YOUR LOCKDOWN CULTURE FIX

Whether it’s an U-Bahn ride or a session in the bathtub, a good podcast can enhance any part of your daily routine. In the first of a series of features, we have gathered five art and design podcasts that offer inspiration and entertainment in equal measure. First up is 99% invisible, a show that tells the stories behind everyday design and architecture hosted by American producer Roman Mars. The series takes familiar things – from cul-de-sacs to libraries – and reflects on their design histories and significance. Next up is Berlinische Galerie’s Kunst in Berlin hosted by gallery director Thomas Köhler, who hears from artists that have had their work shown at the Kreuzberg art venue. Highlights include a conversation with Olaf Stüber, co-founder of artists’ cinema project Videoart at Midnight, that takes a look at Berlin’s lively video art scene. Staying in Berlin, Was mit Kunst is the podcast from influential city gallerist Johann König that lifts the lid on the art world with interviews featuring artists, curators and critics. Worthwhile listens include visual artist Alicja Kwade and the ever-entertaining Lars Eidinger. For design lovers, The Crit from American magazine Disegno is a new podcast packed with thoughtful analysis and reporting. Hosted by Disegno’s journalists, it includes topical stories from the design world plus deeper dives into issues like alt-right architecture. Closer by, Charlottenburg’s Villa Grisebach auction house is home to Die Sucht zu Sehen (Addiction to Seeing), an interview podcast where artists, musicians and authors tell the stories behind their works. Hosted by journalist Rebecca Casati, the fortnightly show has already heard from the likes of photographer Juergen Teller and film director Edward Berger. These conversations and stories are just what you need to get your cultural fix as we eagerly await the return of the city’s arts scene. Happy listening!

Text: Benji Haughton / Gif: Chloë Galea

99% invisibleKunst in BerlinWas mit KunstThe CritDie Sucht zu Sehen

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OWNED BY OTHERS: ART INTERVENTIONS AND OUTDOOR PERFORMANCES ON MUSEUM ISLAND

OWNED BY OTHERS: ART INTERVENTIONS AND OUTDOOR PERFORMANCES ON MUSEUM ISLAND

Since the autumn, Berlin’s Museum Island has been hosting some unusual happenings, with visual interventions and performances from more than 20 artists as part of the Owned by Others project. The idea behind this very public show: addressing the big questions of our time on a small scale. Berlin’s cultural and tourist centre offers the perfect backdrop for this, with its blend of modern-day marketing, neo-historicism and colonial-tinged architecture. Not far from the Humboldt Forum, in a currently-closed travel agent called Tropicana Touristik, the creatives have set up the “Museum Tropicana” project space, which hosts a number of interventions including those of artist Aram Bartholl, who uses a series of postcards and an Instagram Filter to offer a commentary on the the Humboldt Forum’s controversial and problem-hit construction. Discontent is also the driver of Regina José Galindo’s poetic work “Aparición”, which will see performers appear around the Museum Island as ghostly figures every third evening, marking the fact that a woman is murdered by her partner or ex-partner every three days. (Text: Laura Storfner / Photos: Lutz Henke & Andreas Gerhke)

Owned by Others interventions around Museum Island, running until the end of 2021.

Museum Tropicana can be visited by appointment, Spreeufer 6, 10178 Berlin–Mitte; map

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MUSIC MEETS ART AT HAMBURGER BAHNHOF: ONLINE PROGRAM WITH DJS, CHOIR SINGERS AND PODCASTS

MUSIC MEETS ART AT HAMBURGER BAHNHOF: ONLINE PROGRAM WITH DJS, CHOIR SINGERS AND PODCASTS

Though the doors of Hamburger Bahnhof are closed, the lights are still very much on with the gallery’s special online program running throughout December. For those sceptical about online art: rather than just replicating the gallery experience, this series uses the web medium to create something new. And so starting tonight (03.12.2020 19h) is Twilight Hours, a video cooperation with United We Stream where DJs and musicians play amongst exhibitions in the Bahnhof. The audiovisual mixes are audacious: Katharina Grosse’s exhibition It Wasn’t Us is matched with music from Panorama Bar DJs Tama Sumo and Lakuti, transforming artworks into stage sets. Already online is a podcast interview from American sound artist Christine Sun Kim (also a Berghain alum) who explains in sign language her works in the exhibition Magical Soup. This art-music union is most striking in the advent concerts from Rundfunkchor Berlin, who also perform amongst Grosse’s colors and shapes. Ave maria is the first of four performances, and makes for beautiful – and extremely poignant – viewing. (Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Art4All, Jens Ziehe & Ina Niehoff)

You can view the Hamburger Bahnhof December program online.

@staatlichemuseenzuberlin

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DEAR READER: PODCAST FEATURING AUTHORS AND CRITICS AND THE BOOKS THAT INSPIRE THEM

DEAR READER: PODCAST FEATURING AUTHORS AND CRITICS AND THE BOOKS THAT INSPIRE THEM

Looking to get some book recommendations for the winter (and brush up on your German at the same time)? German podcast Dear Reader from journalist Mascha Jacobs is just the ticket. For each hour-long episode, Jacobs invites an author, artist, or critic to discuss their own work but also the literature that has inspired them: we learn how Eckhart Nickel – author of acclaimed novel Hysteria – traveled to Amsterdam in his mid-20s just to buy the American edition of Donna Tartt’s first book, The Secret History. We hear art critic Isabelle Graw describe herself as a “reading fanatic” who spends her nights buried in fiction, in contrast to fellow guest Leif Randt, an infrequent reader who prefers going to the cinema to see such films as Good Time by the Safdie Brothers and Jonah Hill’s directing debut Mid 90s. These guests make for congenial, intelligent, and calming discussions on contemporary literature – offering a welcome escape from the daily grind. (Text: Laura Storfner / Photos: Katja Strempel, Sophie Döring & Mark Rohan)

Dear Reader is produced by piqd.de and detektor.fm and can be found on all major podcast platforms.

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