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CAR PARK PARTIES, HOLD MUSIC AND ALBUMS ON CASSETTE: BEATBUDE IN NEUKÖLLN — RECOMMENDED BY CAINELLIKLASKA

CAR PARK PARTIES, HOLD MUSIC AND ALBUMS ON CASSETTE: BEATBUDE IN NEUKÖLLN — RECOMMENDED BY CAINELLIKLASKA

“Hello and welcome to hold music vol. 2” says the female voice at the end of the telephone line. What follows is electronic music – more specifically the latest release from Beatbude: “Hold Music Vol. 2. – music on hold available on 12″ and tape”. If you want to hear it, dial 030 577 13 001 (listen to the whole thing and you can leave a message). This fun idea comes from the middle of Neukölln, where Beatbude is located on the first floor of a building on Weserstraße. Based out of their home there, Charlotte Kehl and Juri Bader spend their days putting out new releases, working on their own projects and running the labels Tax Free and AVA. Records. When the pair are not doing that they’re shipping vinyl, CDs, tapes, magazines and mousepads around the world. The boxes are stored in the basement, the singles under the bed, the trolleys to shift it all outside. Delivery drivers who expect loading ramps, forklifts and pallets to assist their large deliveries are in for a shock when they turn their articulated trucks into the duo’s bike-friendly street.

Beatbude is many things: label, distributor, shop, organizer, studio and rehearsal room. The 90 sqm space is home to a sewing machine in the studio and drums in the bedroom. Customers picking up their orders in person are treated to a coffee and the chance to buy products that are officially sold out. Some of the cassette releases are made in such small numbers that you have to pick them up from car boot sales or from the shop directly. It’s worth checking out Beatbude’s Bandcamp, their meticulously-kept archive (est 2007) and their Instagram, where you’ll find announcements for upcoming events, often at short notice.

Text: Cainelliklaska / Photos: Beatbude

Cainelliklaska is the moniker of architects Philipp Burst and Paul Schleith. The pair transform existing buildings, design furniture objects and produce artworks.

Beatbude – you can arrange a visit by appointment.

On Saturday, 25.06.22 there will be a car boot sale at Dieselstr.37 in Neukölln from 17h followed by a concert and music on Ziegrastr.11 from 20h. More info here. On 16.09.2022 Garagen Uwe’s debut album “Low Lights” will be released by Beatbude on vinyl and cassette.

@beatbude

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SUMMER STYLE AND SELF CARE ON LABELS — SHOP LOCAL BRANDS FOR FUN SUNGLASSES, SKINCARE, TEES AND MORE

SUMMER STYLE AND SELF CARE ON LABELS — SHOP LOCAL BRANDS FOR FUN SUNGLASSES, SKINCARE, TEES AND MORE

Summer often arrives with calls for a style and self-care revamp. But how can you update your look and give your body a boost without the guilt of waste and emissions? You’ll find the answer on your phone, thanks to Labels, the planet-friendly delivery service for fashion and beauty from local Berlin brands. Just in time for lake days, bike rides and sunny walks, the app’s latest additions include the trendy and customizable sunglasses from R.T.CO. The brand uses natural and renewable cellulose acetate and non-scratch materials to ensure the glasses will endure summer after summer. Designed in Berlin, they feature Italian craftsmanship and Carl Zeiss lenses. Our favorites: the statement Bottle green and Hudson blue shades. But what good is protecting your eyes just to allow your skin and hair to suffer from the rays? Enter I+M Naturkosmetik Berlin, whose plant powered, nanoparticle-free and climate neutral skincare collection makes constant reapplication of sticky sunscreen a thing of the past.

The range includes a waterproof SPF 50 sunscreen, an aftersun and a 2-in-1 gel that genuinely is good for both body and hair (and ideal for camping trips). The Labels app is also full of fresh fashion finds, including from On Vacation, the brand whose sustainable organic cotton and super soft tees come complete with gorgeous streetwear motifs and fun phrases to add a pop to each fit. Oh, and the best part about getting your summer essentials from Labels? Your order will be delivered by e-bike right to your door. Sunny season: we’re ready for you.
 
Text: Rosie Gilmour / Photos: Steffen Grap & Sophie Doering

Labels

@labelsapp

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PODCAST PUTTING PANDEMICS AND SOCIETY UNDER THE MICROSCOPE — RECOMMENDED BY LEONID KELLER

PODCAST PUTTING PANDEMICS AND SOCIETY UNDER THE MICROSCOPE — RECOMMENDED BY LEONID KELLER

Did you know that frogs were used as an early form of pregnancy test? Or that mosquitoes played a part in the unification of Scotland and England? Well, we wouldn’t have known either if we hadn’t listened to Pandemia: Die Welt. Die Viren. Und Wir (“Pandemia: The World. Viruses. And Us”). During each episode of this exciting, passionate and humorous podcast, journalists Kai Kupferschmidt and Laura Salm-Reifferscheidt share pandemic-related insights with host Nicolas Semak, co-founder of Kreuzberg podcast label Viertausendhertz. The podcast launched at the beginning of the Covid pandemic and offers deep dives into the context and global impact of disease outbreaks. Instead of dryly reciting facts, the duo tell gripping, personal stories from both patients and scientists. The presenters’ empathy, knowledge and enthusiasm for the microscopic world of viruses and pathogens – whether it’s polio, HIV, fungal pathogens, worm parasites or phage therapy – have made the show a must in our studio. 


Text: Leonid Keller / Photos: Viertausendhertz, Ekaterina Bolovtsova & Abillion

Leonid Keller is the artist moniker of Julia Ossko and Eugen Schulz, who create installations and works on paper in their Kreuzberg studio. Their work questions familiar narratives and brings new perspectives on time- and culture-related contexts, values and identities.

Pandemia: Die Welt. Die Viren. Und Wir(“Pandemia: The World. Viruses. And Us”) is released every three weeks. You can listen to it on Viertausendhertz or wherever you get your podcasts.

@pandemiapodcast

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THE ART OF SCREEN PRINTING — BROWSE AND BUY HANDMADE POSTERS, CARDS AND BAGS FROM ZWÖLFER

THE ART OF SCREEN PRINTING — BROWSE AND BUY HANDMADE POSTERS, CARDS AND BAGS FROM ZWÖLFER

Among the cafes, chirping birds and passers-by of Prenzlauer Berg sits the Zwölfer screen printing workshop with its attractive blue facade. There, owner Anna von Gwinner has been printing unique textiles and papers since 2010. During her art and architecture studies, Anna developed a fascination for screen printing and has been working with the medium ever since. She is particularly interested in how the method influences design: unlike digital, screen printing requires the designer to think additively. Each color has to be printed individually; each layer prepared separately. It’s through this layering that a pattern emerges. Anna’s space is mainly taken up by her studio, with just a small, kiosk-sized area for selling works.

The focus here is on making – Anna prints her own motifs on textile and paper and creates greeting cards and posters to order. A new addition to her range is the large “Baden Gehen” bag, perfect for summer trips to the lake or pool. Anna’s collection also includes linen and cotton towels which feature the “fish of the year” (Atlantic Herring) and are almost too beautiful to use. The works are filled with dedication and precision, with the analog process almost palpable. Next time you are on Oderberger Straße, pop in the blue shop and discover this art for yourself.

Text: Anabelle Grundmann / Photos: Arundhati Shenoy

Zwölfer, Oderberger Str.56, 10435 Berlin–Prenzlauer Berg; map
Tue–Fri 16–19h 

@zwoelfer.siebdruck

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“UNABHÄNGIG” — A BOOK ABOUT FREEDOM AND ALCOHOL BY EVA BIRINGER

“UNABHÄNGIG” — A BOOK ABOUT FREEDOM AND ALCOHOL BY EVA BIRINGER

A glass of red wine to accompany your radicchio risotto? Or perhaps a nice whisky or fancy cocktail after dinner? We tend to think alcohol consumption is okay if it’s controlled. But what if it’s not? This is the thesis Eva Biringer puts forward in her 2022 book Unabhängig – vom Trinken und Loslassen (“Unhooked: On Drinking and Letting Go”). Eva Biringer is a personal friend and has written for Cee Cee for many years. I greatly appreciate her clever observations about food, travel, culture and leisure in newspapers like the Standard, Welt am Sonntag and the Tagesspiegel. I am, therefore, proud of her and this book, which is a very personal plea to not drink.

It’s a story of experience peppered with facts and knowledge from many studies. But it’s also a pretty good description of how women deal with the pressure to perform and modern beauty ideals. Eva starts with art: she discusses Edvard Munch and his view of “the woman” and uses it to explore how she views herself. The author, who commutes between Vienna and Berlin, weaves together Joan Didion quotes and fruit tea associations within the space of a page – quite a feat. She talks about childhood trips to Spain, eating disorders, waking up after parties with panda eyes, pilates stress and 50-hour work weeks. There’s entertainment value too: I had to smile when reading her anecdotes about day drinking slogans shared on Instagram. I’ve yet to finish the book, but given how readable “Unabhängig” is, it won’t take long. The title is a reminder of the value of being independent – both in general and in the sense of being free from the influence and coercion of alcohol. Eva’s book is an important one we should all read.

Text: Nina Trippel / Photos: Florian Reimann & Monstera

Unabhängig – vom Trinken und Loslassen (“Unhooked: On Drinking and Letting Go”) by Eva Biringer (2022, Harper Collins, 350 pages, in German) 

On 12.05.2022 20h you can join Eva Biringer in conversation with Daniel Schreiber at the Pfefferberg Theater.

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