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PRUSSIAN COLONIALISM, POST-WAR REVOLUTIONS AND A GIANT DISCO BALL — BERLIN GLOBAL EXHIBITION AT THE HUMBOLDT FORUM

PRUSSIAN COLONIALISM, POST-WAR REVOLUTIONS AND A GIANT DISCO BALL — BERLIN GLOBAL EXHIBITION AT THE HUMBOLDT FORUM

By far the largest object you’ll encounter at the Berlin Global exhibition is a rusting, graffitied steel door. It is the preserved entryway of the 1990s Tresor nightclub, where young people from the East and West came together to party after the Wall came down. Both door and club were located in the vault of the abandoned Jewish-owned Wertheim department store – a place that was raided by the Nazis in 1938. This steel artifact serves as a perfect symbol for the whole exhibition. Opened to great fanfare in summer 2021 alongside the Humboldt Forum itself, this high-tech 4000-square-meter show takes you on a journey through Berlin at its best – and its worst. The subject matter becomes clear as soon as you enter the Forum: a giant floor-to-ceiling mural in the mezzanine shows in vivid color key images from Berlin’s history, from 18th-century colonial dominance to modern-day protestors seeking to end this enduring injustice.

The exhibition itself tells Berlin’s story through seven themes, each with its own room: Revolution, Free Space, Boundaries, Entertainment, War, Fashion and Interconnection. These are big, difficult subjects which could easily overwhelm, but here they’re made accessible and fun by the use of state-of-the-art multimedia. Interactive maps, playable DJ decks, video projections galore and even a giant disco ball make this less a history lesson and more a multi-sensory adventure. It’s a daring, forward-looking show that feels like an anomaly amid the stiff Prussian grandeur of the Humboldt Forum. But then where would Berlin be without its contrasts?

Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Anne Preussel & Oana Popa-Costea / Credit: Kulturprojekte Berlin und Stadtmuseum Berlin

Humboldt Forum, Schloßplatz, 10178 Berlin–Mitte; map
Wed–Mon 10–20h, Tue closed
Tickets for Berlin Global (€7 or free for concessions) can be booked online.

@humboldtforum

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A JOURNEY THROUGH AMERICAN PHOTOGRAPHY AND A LECTURE WITH PHOTO LEGEND JOEL MEYEROWITZ: FREE ENTRY AT C/O BERLIN OPEN HOUSE — HOSTED BY AIRBNB

A JOURNEY THROUGH AMERICAN PHOTOGRAPHY AND A LECTURE WITH PHOTO LEGEND JOEL MEYEROWITZ: FREE ENTRY AT C/O BERLIN OPEN HOUSE — HOSTED BY AIRBNB

Black-and-white images of 1960s Americana, ghostly double exposure portraits, and photos made without even using a camera. The photography at C/O Berlin takes you on a journey, and that’s truer than ever at the venue’s current show: a retrospective of the 50-year career of U.S. photographer Lee Friedlander. With 350 photographs and countless books, it’s a showcase of some of the most recognizable images of post-war American society. There’s a trip of a very different kind at the neighboring Dear Photography exhibition, a surprise-filled dive into the experimental compositions of Peter Miller, whose images are concerned not with places or times, but with the method of photography itself. The date you want to put in your diary is 02.12.2021, where Amerika Haus is opening its doors for C/O Berlin Open House – hosted by Airbnb, a rare opportunity to explore all the venue has to offer – for free. Organized in partnership with the home-sharing platform, the day’s highlight is at 19h, when you are invited to join another master: color photography pioneer Joel Meyerowitz, whose so-called “Lightning Talk” will feature some of the most iconic images of the 83-year-old’s long career. The all-day event also gives you full access to the exhibitions, including guided tours of the works. To keep you refreshed, you can also claim a free drink at the C/O Berlin x Barkin’kitchen cafe. And if you do want to extend your trip with a final, closer look at the photos on show, then feel free: for one day only, the exhibition is open until 22h.

Text: Benji Haughton / Credit: David von Becker; Lee Friedlander, Courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco und Luhring Augustine, New York; Peter Miller, VG-Bildkunst, Bonn 2021

C/O Berlin, Hardenbergstr.22–24, 10623 Berlin–Charlottenburg; map

C/O Berlin Open House – hosted by Airbnb, 02.12.2021 11–22h. Admission free of charge for one day only, no ticket necessary. Check the website for updates on Covid-19.

@coberlin
@airbnb

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FLINK X YORCK X KNALLE POPCORN — LIMITED EDITION CINEMA GOODIES FOR TWO

FLINK X YORCK X KNALLE POPCORN — LIMITED EDITION CINEMA GOODIES FOR TWO

Christmas is still some way off, but if you want to get organized we already have a gift idea for all the cinema-lovers out there. Flink delivers groceries to your door within a few minutes, has teamed up with Berlin’s Yorck Cinema Group and Knalle Popcorn to offer you a very special entertainment package: in addition to vouchers for two Yorck screenings of your choice, the Kino-Box includes some crunchy goodness in the form of two packs of lovingly handmade popcorn from Knalle, including white chocolate with salted pretzel and peanut butter-salted caramel. You will also receive an A4 art print of a vintage cinema from a Berlin artist. You can find this limited edition box in the app (while stocks last). If you’d rather stay home and relax, no problem: with the platform’s large selection of nibbles and other treats, you’ll be perfectly prepared for the next movie night or series marathon on the sofa. Time to get Flinkin’!

Text & Photos: Sophie Doering

Flink delivers across Berlin
Mon–Thu 7h30–23h, Fri–Sat 7h30–0h

Use the code CEECEEBLN to get €10 off your first order. Valid for new customers only, minimum order value €25. Offer runs until 20.11.2021.

@flinkgermany

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POWER POP AND CAR TECH — DRIVE LIVE EVENT WITH MOGLI AT THE VOLKSWAGEN NETWORKING LOUNGE

POWER POP AND CAR TECH — DRIVE LIVE EVENT WITH MOGLI AT THE VOLKSWAGEN NETWORKING LOUNGE

Mogli is not one to shy away from a challenge. Ever since she released her 2015 debut album, the singer-songwriter has shunned the record industry mainstream to make music on her own terms. Now, the 27-year-old artist is back with her latest indie album, Ravage, whose theme is one we can all identify with: finding courage and confidence in the face of an uncertain future. Accompanied by a groundbreaking 60-minute film, the album will be released in 2022 but you can get a special – live – preview of the new music at tonight’s edition of the Drive Live networking series (18.11.2021 from 18h30). Mogli will perform an intimate set to a small audience, giving you a sneak peek at her electro-influenced sound. The venue for the show is the Volkswagen Networking Lounge, where you can also enjoy after-work drinks, network with like-minded guests and explore the “Drive Progress” exhibition featuring the latest Audi car tech. Tickets for tonight’s event are strictly limited, so secure yours online now.

Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Kateryna Firsova & Giulia Daley

Drive Volkswagen Group Forum, Friedrichstr.84, 10117 Berlin–Mitte; map
Drive Live with Mogli 18.11.2021 from 18h30. Register for the event online.

@drive.berlin

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CELEBRATING FIVE YEARS OF PRO-PEACE COFFEE, TEA AND MORE — CONFLICTFOOD

CELEBRATING FIVE YEARS OF PRO-PEACE COFFEE, TEA AND MORE — CONFLICTFOOD

If you want to change the world for the better, you can do worse than starting with breakfast. Besides offering a caffeine kick, your morning coffee can also alleviate poverty and make the world a more peaceful place. At least that’s the promise of Conflictfood, the Berlin startup selling food and drink that makes a difference. Sourced from conflict-hit countries, its delicacies provide fair incomes to producers whose lives are affected by war. The Jadae coffee, for instance, is farmed by members of the Akha ethnic minority community in the highlands of Myanmar. Buying these farmers’ beans gives them an independent existence and gives you a great brew, with rich hazelnut and caramel aromas thanks to the hand-picked harvesting and gentle processing of the coffee.

But Conflictfood is about more than just coffee beans. The social enterprise was founded in 2016 by Salem El-Mogaddedi and Gernot Würtenberger, who began working with farmers in western Afghanistan to bring top-quality saffron to Europe. Where opium fields once stood, crocus plant meadows began to flourish. Since then, the duo have expanded the range with the likes of organic tea and aromatic dried ginger powder from Myanmar. A highlight is definitely the organic freekeh, an ancient grain that is produced in the Palastinian West Bank. Chewy and nutty, freekeh is full of fiber and is a great addition to Middle-Eastern inspired salad and meat dishes. Good dinners that do good: what’s not to like?

Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Conflictfood & Savannah van der Niet

The Conflictfood range can be ordered online.

@conflictfood

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