Literature and poetry make for a great evening in, but it can also get you off the couch. After 25 years since the first German-language Poetry Slam in Germany, more specifically, in Berlin, took place, Slam is back: from the 19-26.10.2019 the capital city will be celebrating the 23rd German Poetry Slam Championships, presented by the Irish Whiskey Tullamore D.E.W. Well-known poets in the scene will bring their literary talents to the big stage for Spoken Word and Poetry Slam. They’ll present texts written for the stage, performed with feeling or even fully staged. What are you waiting for? Best case scenario, you’ll get goosebumps hearing topics like politics and social justice confronted with a poetic flair –– in any case you’ll get entertaining, lively and inspiring content. And this year for the first time, Tullamore D.E.W. awards the Tully Award to the best female German-speaking poet of the year. You can follow the championships in a total of 18 events, beginning with the opening show on 19.10.19. The competition will continue with the preliminary rounds and semi-finals (21-24.10) up to the big group and individual finals, on the 25. and 26.10.19. The audience will decide the winner –– with thunderous applause, of course. (Text: Katie Burton / Photos: Fabian Stuertz, Marvin Ruppert)
What is design? It’s a fundamental question, but for the Antwerp-based design label Valerie_Objects, the answer is simply “all things good and beautiful”. The brand was founded by Serax owner Axel Van Den Bossche and Valerie Traan Gallery owner Veerle Wenes as a way to give a platform for individual artists and creatives to design and sell their work. Fitting then that as part of Berlin Design Week, Valerie_Objects has teamed up with Danish kitchen experts Reform for a week-long collaboration. Reform, winners of the Danish Design Award, draws on contemporary design, interiors and architecture to challenge the idea of what kitchens should be. The colab pop-up at their Berlin-Mitte space will feature rare and sought-after design pieces curated from the Valerie_Objects collection, including examples of artist-designed cutlery, furniture, and home furnishings. So if you’re looking for good and beautiful things to upgrade your kitchen and beyond, this is the place to go. (Text: Emily Miotke / Photos: Reform, Andreas Omvik)
What does infinity feel like? At the Berliner Festspiele‘s temporary installation on Mariannenplatz, it’s actually rather comfortable. As part of the second edition of their “Immersion” programme of art, talks and performances, the Festspiele have created “The New Infinity”, a futuristic laboratory that looks like a UFO from the outside and a planetarium inside. It provides an intimate and cosy setting for performances like visual essay “The Happiest Thought” by National Gallery Prize 2017 winner Agnieszka Polska. In it she describes a natural disaster that occurred 240 million years ago which led to the biggest extinction of species in history. Meanwhile the Metahaven collective, known for design at the intersection of politics and internet culture, draws on the domed architecture in their “Elektra” visual piece, a parable for our networked, interconnected present. And in “Non-Face”, sound artist Robert Lippok and digital artist Lucas Gutierrez bring the impossible to the screen as they explore the geometries of shapes that can only be represented digitally. In addition to “Non-Face”, Lippok & Gutierrez will also be presenting “Applied Autonomy”, a live audio-visual performance where graphic and rhythmic abstractions meet in real time. Tickets for this performance will be raffled online.(Text: Laura Storfner / Photos: Mathias Völzke, Agnieszka Polska)
Do you want to experience a moment of Infinity? We are giving away tickets to an exclusive screening of “Elektra” (Metahaven) this Friday night at 20h50 (13.09.2019). Email us at email@example.com for your chance to win two.
Artist Talk with Metahaven & Luiza Prado de O. Martins, 12.09.2019, 20–21h30, Kunstquartier Bethanien, Studio 1
Artist Talk with Robert Lippok, Lucas Gutierrez & Natalie Koerner, 17.09.2019, 20–21h30, Kunstquartier Bethanien, Studio 1
Robert Lippok & Lucas Gutierrez, “Applied Autonomy”, 22.09.2019. 20–21 & 21h30–22h30 (Berliner Festspiele are giving away tickets for this event)
With their distinctive blue front wheels, you have probably seen the bikes from Dutch startup Swapfietszipping along Berlin’s cycle lanes. The Cee Cee team have been making the leap from U-bahn to bike and are finding Swapfiets perfect for our everyday commute. The concept couldn’t be simpler: a monthly subscription that gives you a sleek seven-speed bicycle of your own with service and maintenance all included. The bikes themselves are quintessentially Dutch, with an understated, classic design available in a range of colors. When you order you can enter your height, so you’re guaranteed the perfect fit. And if you run into problems – be it a broken light or a wonky wheel — just message the team and they’ll come and get you back on two wheels in no time. Planning on moving away? Simply take your Swapfiets with you: the month-long contract is valid in a whole range of cities in Germany and beyond. Our ride into work has never been so free and easy. (Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Johanna Rademacher-Flesland)
Buy your subscription online or instore:
Swapfiets Berlin Hackescher Markt, Große Präsidentenstr.10, 10178 Berlin–Mitte; map
Mon & Fri 10–20h, Tue–Thu 11–20h, Sat 12–18h
Swapfiets Berlin Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf, Uhlandstr.45, 10719 Berlin–Wilmersdorf; map
Mon & Fri 10–20h, Tue–Thu 11–20h, Sat 12–18h
In our opinion you can never have enough plants. Good job that online plant shop Bergamotte is back with another pop-up edition from 04.–07.9.2019, this time with an XXL sale at Glashaus Berlin. No matter which type of plant you’re looking for – whether hanging, exotic, prickly, colorful or evergreen – they have it all. And there’s more: in addition to the over 4,000 plants, there will also be refreshments from Monkey 47 gin and Selo, culinary delights, and botanical workshops. You can look forward to macramé lessons, do-it-yourself herbal tinctures, pottery courses and, for those starting out on their botanical journey, a “how to make a plant love you” workshop. This event is not just for plant connoisseurs and professionals whose homes are already like a greenhouse, but for beginners too.Come by, get some plant advice, let off steam in one of the workshops and find a new plant for your home. Trust us, there’s always room for it. (Text: Katie Burton / Photos: Bergamotte)
Bergamotte XXL Pop-up in the Glashaus (Arena), Eichenstr.4, 12435 Berlin–Alt-Treptow; map
You can book the workshops here.
Most plants will be in the price range between €4–35
Card payment only. For the love of the environment no plastic bags are used. Please bring your own bags and pouches.