Archive for April, 2008

On lockdown


Just in time for May 1st 2008 the streets outside in Friedrichshain (between Simon-Dach-Strasse and Ostkreuz) are so busy with people you wouldn’t know where they suddenly all come from. Especially the area around Boxi is surrounded by police and pretty heavy gear. Roadblocks in the making and helicopters patrolling impatiently above. Parts of Boxi are enlightended as if it was daytime and most, if not all the shops in the area are already closed down.

I just made my way up to the Kaisers at Warschauer Strasse and the people go shopping crazy as if it was Christmas time or new year, or some sort of natural disaster cutting them off for multiple days from the outside. My bank at the corner closed this afternoon and put extra thick plexiglass in all windows which are usually see-through, if you know what I mean. Check out the picture above, you can usually see through the door and for the next 24 hours you can’t.

I am pretty surprised that some lone shops are still open, they probably don’t know it better yet.

here it comes again

gallery weekend berlin
three days, thirty-four galleries, thousands of art mavens. attend at your own risk….



So I checked out Cookies last weekend. It’s one of those hipster restaurants in Mitte. It’s a pretty interesting place, not just because we had to search for the entrance (it is hidden behind bottles of beer and dumpsters in the back of Behrenstrasse 55), but also because of the interior (open kitchen, seating, …) and all the food is vegetarian – but maybe that’s just Mitte-chique. :-)

I wrote more about it on Qype (in English). All in all, we had a good time and if you need to go somewhere to impress your guests or date without ending up at the Riz, Cookies is probably it.

SGS rooftop


This picture is from the backside of Friedrichstraße, I took this series of pictures last year on a early Sunday morning (it was summer :-)) after shopping at supermarket at Friedrichstraße. And since I just figured out the other week how to do nifty photomerges, here is the result.

I haven’t checked recently on the progress of the construction site, but the rooftop et all should be gone by now.

Since I’ve been addicted to merging many pictures, allow me to plug my other stitches.

i won’t be there

because i will be flying back from Nuremburg just in time to run down to my German conversation course at the Goethe Institut but:

Art critic Heinz-Peter Schwerfel will be premiering his film Berlin – arm aber sexy at the Martin Gropius Bau on the 7th of May at 19:00. The film, with music from Johannes Brahms, Lychee Lassi, MIA, Lou Reed, Sonic Youth, Stereo Total and others, examines Berlin’s happening art scene and the locust like behaviour of the artists, critics, collectors and charlatans that have descended on the city in the past few years. Schwerfel himself will be in attendance along with Sabrina van der Ley, artistic director of ART FORUM Berlin, and a bunch of other art mavens. Since entrance is FREE…yes…FREE, you can expect a crowd of penniless types like yourself so get there early. But If you – like me – end up missing the premiere, you can also catch it showing on arte on the 5th of June.

Niederkirchnerstr. 7, 10963 Berlin
07 May 2008, 19:00

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Two New to See

Two new exhibitions are opening at Architekturforum Aedes this evening:


Dutch photographer Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk, a resident of Berlin the past twenty years, presents his exhibition UNITED CITY: Urban Portraits From Caracas to Shanghai. A photographic meditation on urbanity at the beginning of the 21st Century.

meanwhile, architects Nieto Sobejano introduce themselves to Berlin. Fuensanta Nieto and Enrique Sobejano, architects of the Congress Center of Expo 2008 in Zaragoza, are the darlings of today’s Spanish architectural scene. The exhibition Arquitectura Concreta provides an overview of their current projects, “characterized by fascinating spatial configurations and incisive formal idioms”.

April 25 – May 30, 2008
Opening: Friday, April 25, 2008
Aedes Am Pfefferberg, Christinenstraße 18-19, 10119 Berlin
Opening hours: Di-Fr 11 bis 18.30 Uhr, Sa-So 13 bis 17 Uhr

Araki in Berlin

Book signing mit Nobuyoshi Araki

am Freitag, 2. Mai 2008, von 14 bis 15 Uhr.

Bücherbogen am Savignyplatz
Stadtbahnbogen 593
10623 Berlin
Tel. 030-31869511
S-Bahn Savignyplatz

Eröffnung der Ausstellung KINBAKU von Nobuyoshi Araki am 2. Mai um 19 Uhr (Jablonka Galerie, Kochstr. 60, 10969 Berlin).


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