At Torstraße.74 sits a surreal place for surreal times: Palazzo Anticrisi, a temporary installation at the former No.74 clothing store that offers a unique space for social interaction. Working with Berlin architects Something Fantastic and Sam Chermayeff, founder Fabian Johow has created a room that brings the outdoors in: bathed in ruby-red light, the hall-like space features an oversized street lamp in the middle looming over sparse bench-style seating. Austere yet sociable, it’s a fascinating place to spend time – yet there is more to do, for from now until December the space is also home to a kiosk offering a good selection of natural wines to enjoy there or to go (Thu-Sat). On Fridays and Saturdays, meanwhile, the palace opens its doors to a spicy popup by Victoria Tacos. Fresh from an Art Week stand at the Wilhelm Hallen, the Mexican food pros are now based at the Palazzo, serving deliciously non-traditional tacos in vegan (king oyster mushroom), vegetarian (melt-in-the-mouth jackfruit) and meaty (slow-cooked pork) varieties. Get your order with a bottle to go or pick out a comfy throne and enjoy a session of food, drinks and thoughtful contemplation – just like an Italian aristocrat. (Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Bui Luu Quynh Nguyen & Conrad Bauer)
Locally-sourced experimental cuisine served on dishes that are themselves pieces of art – that’s what awaits you at Limbo, the pop-up dinner developed by artist and Agora Collective co-founder Caique Tizzi. Held at the Eoin Moylan Studio on an industrial site in Tempelhof, this series is a chance to eat dinner in an artists’ space where food and creativity exist side by side. Amidst high ceilings and charming furniture, you are served an opulent five-course menu accompanied by excellent wines like the delicious Rossanel natural rosé from Italy. Every time Caique serves one of his contemporary-yet-classic dishes, he shares the story behind it. Like the farofa served with pork, black beans, chipotle salsa and orange, which – we learn – comes from Brazil and incorporates cassava flour. Other bold food moves include watermelon with kimchi and cucumber served, like most of the dishes, on ceramics by Berlin artist Jonas Wendelin. It’s this blending of cutting-edge flavor, art and design that makes Limbo really something special. (Text: Ramona Razaghmanesh / Photos: Gabrielė Mišeikytė)
Video game festivals are for people tethered to their joysticks and gamepads, right? Not at A Maze./ Berlin, the online festival for games and playful media that celebrates the full diversity of interactive content, from VR art to the Chain Zine– a magazine that is made collaboratively by forwarding it to different creators across the world. The three-day program includes a talk on diversity and ethics in the gaming world, live cooking shows and the delightfully titled “How to feel slightly less awkward in virtual and non-virtual spaces“, a guided brainstorming session to help overcome awkwardness. In its ninth edition (but online for the first time) the festival will once again award the best video game from 26 nominees, including the meditative platform game Ynglet and real-life headphone party app Secret Shuffle. The coolest part: the whole festival takes place within the A Maze. Space, a 3D world where you participate in the program as a flamingo. Gamer stereotypes: be gone! (Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: A Maze./Berlin)
A Maze./ Berlin runs 22–25.07.2020. You can register for a three-day digital ticket free of charge online. Some of the sessions require an additional paid ticket – see the program for details.
ZORA’S DAUGHTER X AUGUSTE VINTAGE POP-UP EDITION 2 — BACK WITH MORE FASHION AND DESIGN PIECES
Back for another edition of their Zora’s Daughter x Auguste Vintage Pop-up, Marie Wez (of Auguste Vintage) and Nella Beljan (of Zora’s Daughter) have brought together the best of ceramics, clothing, homewares and jewellery for three days of pop-up design and fashion. True to form, the selection features creations from near and far: from Berlin there’s potter Jérémy Bellina’s homewares, Kiki Dieterle’s rings and bracelets, ceramics by Good Clay Sunshine and unisex fashion from Studio Abeles. From further afield come resin jewellery and homewares from Australia-based Dinosaur Designs, pullovers from Galician designers Rus, sculpted pots from Greek artist Terps plus elegant fine-rib bodysuits hailing from Barcelona. If you are an appreciator of thoughtful design and small-scale manufacturing and looking to kit out your kitchen, living room or wardrobe, this weekend’s pop-up is not to be missed. (Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Studio Abeles, Marie Wez & Marina Denisova für Rus, Yasmina Bawa)
As far as immersive musical experiences go, 1:1 Concerts is something special. This concert series enables you to spend ten minutes enjoying a one-on-one performance sitting right in front of the person playing. Inspired by Marina Abramović’s performance The Artist Is Present, the project was launched in 2019 by Stephanie Winker, Franziska Ritter and Christian Siegmund for the chamber music festival in Volkenroda, Thuringia, and has since developed into a nationwide series. You experience the concert alone and in silence in an unfamiliar environment: perhaps in nature, at an art gallery or – coming this weekend – an empty warehouse at Berlin Decks, a former industrial site and future workplace in Moabit. On Friday (12.06.2020) you can discover this space and get a treat for your ears as you come face to face with a maestro. The musician and piece played remain a surprise, but what’s certain is it will be an experience to remember. (Text: Ramona Razaghmanesh / Photos: Astis Krause, Lotte Dibbern & Maks Richter)
1:1 Concerts – Berlin performance: 12.06.2020, 18h30
Berlin Decks, Friedrich-Krause-Ufer 16–21, 13353 Berlin–Moabit; map
Check out other dates and cities on the website. Concerts are free of charge. Donations can be made to Nothilfefonds, which is supporting musicians during Corona.