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HANNAH ROSE STEWART AT NUMBER 1 MAIN ROAD — RECOMMENDED BY FETTE SANS

HANNAH ROSE STEWART AT NUMBER 1 MAIN ROAD — RECOMMENDED BY FETTE SANS

Would you describe your Zoom fatigue as a numbness of the eyelids, a way to say I have seen too much? Or does it rather feel like being confined to a room the size of your own self? Perhaps more than a feeling, I think of it as a non-place—like a patch of grass at the end of a parking lot—a vacant, meager yet inauspicious corner lurking. The Conceptual artist and 3D designer Hannah Rose Stewart produces intricate digital and physical environments where familiar ghosts masquerading as morose (unarmed?) first-person shooters seem caught in a perpetual state of lingering. The way our hands have learned to scroll unknown territories with such ease and disregard for the world. Opening tomorrow (03.02.2023) at Number 1 Main Road, the newly founded space run by Tom Esam and Paul Ferens, is a site-specific installation by the artist entitled The Waiting Room. I imagine a palimpsest made of our collective time spent online roaming mundane and hazy spaces and all of the rooms in between we cruise for easter eggs carved with our own initials. From our bedrooms turned offices, aren’t we always simply waiting to be let in by The Host?

Text: Fette Sans / Photos: Hannah Rose Stewart

Fette Sans art meanders between concept and poetry, words and people, body politics and dystopian fantasy, the very digital and the very nostalgic. Her latest book, based on a collaborative performance with Marie von Heyl, is available here

Hannah Rose Stewart — The Waiting Room at Number 1 Main Road, Ossastr.21a, 12045 Berlin–Neukölln; map

Opening Fri 03.02.2023 18h, Sa & Sun 14–18h and by appointment.

@fettesans
@6footstranger
@number1mainroad

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EXPERIMENTAL CLASSICAL AT THE “INS OFFENE” MUSIC FESTIVAL — RECOMMENDED BY CHRISTINE SCHEUCHER

EXPERIMENTAL CLASSICAL AT THE “INS OFFENE” MUSIC FESTIVAL — RECOMMENDED BY CHRISTINE SCHEUCHER

Classical music festivals are always trying to attract younger audiences – often with mixed results. This Berlin project could have better chances: Ins Offene..! Musik Festival 2.0., a program hoping to get youngsters excited about classical music. Putting “2.0” in the title may sound hackneyed, but it’s not just an empty phrase. The program is very much switched-on, offering the likes of seminars on social media marketing. This year’s line-up also includes a master class and a symposium. The evening concerts, meanwhile, let audiences discover new musical territories: classical genre boundaries will be crossed with artists, dancers and DJs performing together. The theme is “Dreams”, and there’s a willingness to experiment and show how diverse classical music can be.

Festival director Nikolaus Rexroth has included young talents as well as a Ukrainian legend: Valentin Silvestrov, the 85-year-old artist who made a name for himself as a master of silence. Silvestrov has lived in Berlin since the outbreak of the war. A performance by Greek dancer Emmanouela Dolianiti is particularly worth seeing, as are concerts featuring Casals, Ysaye, Ginastera and Cruixent. The music continues until this Sunday (29.01.2023).

Text: Christine Scheucher / Photos: Caerus Chamber Ensemble & Claire Wells / Credit: Flavio de Marco

Christine Scheucher is a cultural journalist and podcast producer at Austrian public broadcaster ORF. She hosts numerous cultural programs and is always traveling around Europe’s cultural hotspots, including her favorites on the Côte d’Azur and in Berlin.

Kühlhaus Berlin, Luckenwalder Str.3, 10963 Berlin-Kreuzberg; map

Ins Offene..! – Musik Festival 2.0. Tickets for the festival and individual performances are available online or at the box office.

@kuehlhausberlinofficial
@ins_offene

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YES STUDIO BERLIN: THE LOCAL CONCEPT STORE IN KREUZKÖLLN — RECOMMENDED BY KERSTIN FINGER

YES STUDIO BERLIN: THE LOCAL CONCEPT STORE IN KREUZKÖLLN — RECOMMENDED BY KERSTIN FINGER

If you find yourself in Kreuzkölln, walking to the market on Maybachufer or along the Landwehrkanal, be sure to stop by Nadia’s Yes Studio. In this concept store you’ll find a carefully curated assortment of jewelry, textiles, books, fragrances, stationery and beautiful things for the home. Among them are brands like New Tendency (one of my all-time faves), Atelier Haussmann, and Christian Metzner, as well as design pieces by llot llov. Nadia, who used to work as an online sales manager and has now fulfilled her dream of opening a brick-and-mortar store, attaches great importance to providing a platform for designers, artists and manufacturers from German-speaking countries.

On my first visit, the gorgeous paper flowers by Nana Neukölln immediately caught my eye. If it were not for the fact that she works with artificial colors, I could have sworn the flowers were real. I was also an instant fan of the colorful acrylic bangles by Berlin’s Zhuo Zhao, which catch the light brilliantly. So if you’re ever looking for a gift for yourself or a friend, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for in this fairyland of design. 

Graphic designer Kerstin Finger came to Berlin in 2007 and has been running the Italian shop Amore Store in Neukölln since 2015.

Text: Kerstin Finger / Photos: Yes Studio

Yes Studio Berlin, Bürknerstr 26, 12047 Berlin–Neukölln; map
Mon–Sat 12–18h

@yes_studio_berlin

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LITERARY REVIEWS & CLAIRVOYANCE  WITH WOW: THE NEW YEAR’S CASINO — RECOMMENDED BY GLORIA REMÉNYI

LITERARY REVIEWS & CLAIRVOYANCE  WITH WOW: THE NEW YEAR’S CASINO — RECOMMENDED BY GLORIA REMÉNYI

A new calendar year also marks a new year in literature. For many culture enthusiasts, this is a time for looking back and looking forward: What were the literary highlights of 2022? What highlights await us in 2023? If you’re still floating between the two years, you shouldn’t miss “The New Year’s Casino with Inokai & Sielmann” at the Literarisches Colloquium Berlin. Next Tuesday (Jan. 17, 2023), author Yael Inokai and cultural journalist Lara Sielmann invite you to a unique evening in which they will dive once again into the flood of titles from the past year and speculate on what the new literary year will bring. The curators have combed through the publishers’ previews and are ready to put their clairvoyant literary intuition to the test. They also promise nothing less than to revive the spirits of late LCB authors.

The eclectic event takes place within the framework of the “Stoffe” series of events. Inokai and Sielmann have recruited numerous protagonists from the literary scene who will transform the Gründerzeit Villa on Wannsee into a veritable kaleidoscope of voices, themes, and perspectives. Slata Roschal will immerse the audience once again in her debut novel “153 Forms of Non-Being,” nominated for the German Book Prize in 2022. Author Raphaëlle Red, literary critic Miriam Zeh, and poet Felix Schiller debate what constitutes “good literature”. The anthology “Gedichte aus Guantánamo” (Poems from Guantánamo) is the focus of a discussion between editor Sebastian Köthe and translator Sandra Hetzl, while authors Biba Nass and Caca Savic devote themselves entirely to prophecies: What will the new literary year come to bring?

Gloria Reményi is a freelance journalist who covers cultural and social topics for German and Italian media. She loves languages, small cinemas, and “commuting” between her adopted home of Berlin and her place of origin in northern Italy.

Text: Gloria Reményi / Photos: Annika Fußwinkel, Raphaëlle Red & Ladina Bischof

Literarisches Colloquium Berlin, Am Sandwerder 5, 14109 Berlin–Wansee; map
WOW: Das Neujahrs-Casino mit Inokai & Sielmann 17.01.2023 19h. You can get tickets online and at the box office.

@lcb.berlin

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FURNITURE MEETS ART AT FOUL PLAY — RECOMMENDED BY YOSA PEIT

FURNITURE MEETS ART AT FOUL PLAY — RECOMMENDED BY YOSA PEIT

In recent years, Berlin has become a hotspot for young furniture designers, with small companies and solo designers all setting up shop. Furniture galleries, meanwhile, are harder to come by. Starting tomorrow (02.12.2022), this is changing – at least temporarily – with the opening of the first Foul Play. Half exhibition, half concept store, this event from photographer Frank Wang, FluxGeist and Plusminus Studio is set to take place every six months. Each temporary show brings together five different objects that blur the lines between sculpture, performance and design. They question material and form in new ways, shunning categories and terms like “classic”. Just in time for the indoor season, the sale includes new objects that you can view and bring home – or at least dream of doing so. The transparent “Megapašcale” shelving unit, for instance, was created by the duo Cainelliklaska in collaboration with graphic designer and artist Mark Bohle and combines lightness and mass in an unusual (and excellent) way. Or there’s the futuristic, iridescent “topo-4” lounge chairs by Studio Kern, inspired by aerospace technology and computer design. Other designers/artists on show include Aleksandr DelevFrederik Fialin and Nazara Lázaro. Glamorous and unusual, the objects are not just intended to be seen but to be lived with, touched and discussed – providing aesthetic, sensual enjoyment and prompting new ways of living.

Text: Yosa Peit / Photos: Studio Kern, Fausto Paz & Fanette Guilloud

Yosa Peit is a music producer, singer and founder of Error Music – don’t delete, a series of experimental sound workshops for girls and non-binary children in Berlin. Her debut album “Phyton” has just been released on Fire Records.

Foul Play, FW22 at FunkRaum, Pflügerstr.70/71, 12047 Berlin–Neukölln, map

2–11.12.2022, Mon–Sat, 13–18h. Opening: 02.12.2022, 19–22h.

@foulplay.eu

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