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TEMPELHOF METAMORPHOSIS: A PICTURE BOOK HOMAGE TO BERLIN’S FAVORITE FIELD

TEMPELHOF METAMORPHOSIS: A PICTURE BOOK HOMAGE TO BERLIN’S FAVORITE FIELD

It’s ten years since Tempelhofer Feld opened as a public park, and so an ideal time to reflect on how the 355 hectare site has become one of the city’s most treasured green spaces. Berlin photographer Anna Thiele has been taking her camera to the Field throughout that time, culminating in the 2020 book Tempelhof: metamorphosis. Thiele, who studied under Arno Fischer at the Ostkreuzschule für Fotografie, mixes landscapes and close ups, color with black and white, and the human with the inanimate, giving you an impression of a place that is, by turns, lively and vibrant and moody and desolate. We see unicyclists and kite-flying kids in the peak of summer, but also ghostly views of the old terminal enveloped in winter fog and rusting signage that hint at the Feld’s aviation past. This history is explored in an accompanying essay by historian Christine Bartlitz documenting Tempelhof’s transition from wartime base to commercial airport. Thiele’s visual homage to the Field reminds us just why it should be treasured. (Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Ramona Razaghmanesh)

Tempelhof: metamorphosis von Anna Thiele (2020, Distanz, 112 Seiten)
@annathiele_photography
@distanzverlag

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COMMUNITY COLA: A SOFT DRINK WITH SOCIAL IMPACT

COMMUNITY COLA: A SOFT DRINK WITH SOCIAL IMPACT

With endless matchas, kombuchas and CBD-teas all vying to quench your thirst this summer, now’s the time to revisit the undisputed king of soft drinks: cola. Giving you classic taste with a social twist is Community Cola, which has created a tasty caramel fizz that also helps worthwhile non-profit initiatives. Founded in 2016 by Hamburger Jan van Schwamen, the start up has since teamed up with Berlin charities Be An Angel, which helps refugees with integration, and Tadel verpflichtet, which campaigns for an open society free of racism. Every time you buy a bottle of mildly-caffeinated goodness – available in classic and light varieties – a small donation is made to these and other projects. Social engagement, one sip at a time (Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Savannah van der Niet)

Community Cola can be ordered from suppliers Flaschenteufel and Berliner Flaschengeister and can be found in selected bars and cafes across town.
@communitycola

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FLOWING LINES — STREAM CATALOG FROM BETTINA KRIEG

FLOWING LINES — STREAM CATALOG FROM BETTINA KRIEG

Artist Bettina Krieg’s latest catalog Stream is a monograph that does justice to her work – a beautiful collection that not only documents seven years of her drawings, but also gives an account of the artist herself in texts by Julia Voss and an interview with culture scholar Philipp Felsch. For Krieg, drawing has always been meditation: her monochrome flowing lines wind and interweave to form endless shapes that, by turns, resemble hair and wide hilly landscapes. Occasional gaps add another dimension to the patterns, and your gaze becomes calm as you scan these reproductions of her delicate, often room-high drawings – examples of which adorn the walls of our office at Cee Cee. From Würzburg but based in Berlin for the last 20 years, Krieg gives out the same harmonious quietness as her paintings. It’s a quality also shared by this catalog, which incidentally was co-produced by our sister agency Cee Cee Creative. It makes an ideal gift for all those who love drawings. (Text: Hanna Komornitzyk / Photos: Ramona Razaghmanesh & Esra Rotthoff)

Bettina Krieg: Stream – A Monograph
(2020, Distanz, German & English, 144 Pages)
The catalog be ordered online.

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A TIMELY LESSON: ALICE HASTERS ON WHAT WHITE PEOPLE DON’T WANT TO HEAR ABOUT RACISM

A TIMELY LESSON: ALICE HASTERS ON WHAT WHITE PEOPLE DON’T WANT TO HEAR ABOUT RACISM

Structural racism is not a distant problem: it is also deeply rooted in Germany. And while it does not affect the everyday lives of many living in white society, the current wave of protests by the Black Lives Matter movement should have made very clear just how crucial this topic is to everyone. This is where German journalist and author Alice Hasters comes in. Her 2019 book, “Was weiße Menschen nicht über Rassismus hören wollen” (“What white people don’t want to hear about racism”), deals with the problem of overlooked and (to some) invisible racism head on. Often based on personal experience, Hasters highlights five areas that racism touches: everyday life, school, bodies, love and family. Throughout the book, the author describes how she herself has experienced racism in Germany and how it has shaped her. The result is a highly authoritative work that holds a mirror up to every reader, and while some might find the material hard to confront, it is an urgent task, and requires reflection and self-criticism. Hasters offers Germany a much-needed wake-up call – a demand for a more enlightened and conscious approach to racism. If reading is not your thing, you can also listen to the audio version on Spotify. (Text & Photos: Sophie Döring)

Looking for books on racism in English? Check out this list to get you started.

“Was weiße Menschen nicht über Rassismus hören wollen” (“What white people don’t want to hear about racism”) by Alice Hasters (in German, Hanserblau, 2019, 222 pages)
@alice_haruko
@hanserblau

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CEE CEE IS HIRING — JOIN OUR TEAM AS A SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER

CEE CEE IS HIRING — JOIN OUR TEAM AS A SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER

We are a young, growing company and are looking to expand our interdisciplinary, international team with a German-speaking Social Media Manager. If you are an open-minded, articulate digital expert who thinks strategically and is passionate about social media of every sort, then get in touch. You will be based at our studio in Berlin Mitte. For more information visit our agency website and fill out our application form – we look forward to hearing from you. Not the job for you? Feel free to share this with your friends!

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