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Cardboard Protesters Take Berlin by the News Desk

Cardboard Protesters Take Berlin by the News Desk | Berlin Life Style | Scoop.it

"How’s this for innovative direct action? Last week, 25 life-size figures appeared in front of a Deutsche Bank branch in Berlin’s Alexanderplatz. At first glance they appeared to be protestors, but were in fact cardboard “clones” of Occupy activists from around the world. Because you can’t arrest a piece of cardboard.

In October, two Berlin designers visited Occupy Wall Street, Occupy DC and Occupy London to meet occupiers and take their photos. “The protests of the Occupy movement address global issues,” said Paul Stabe, one of the designers, who dubbed the project Wall Street To Your Street. “We wanted to give protesters the opportunity to make their voice heard in other countries.”
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Composer Max Richter shows us around his recording studio in Berlin | Lifestyle | Wallpaper* Magazine

Composer Max Richter shows us around his recording studio in Berlin | Lifestyle | Wallpaper* Magazine | Berlin Life Style | Scoop.it

"It takes a certain amount of chutzpah, or a solid reserve of confidence at least, to even think about tinkering with Vivaldi's The Four Seasons, a piece of classical music most people could whistle on demand.

Max Richter has thought about it. In fact he has been thinking about it for a long while. So when the classical record label Deutsche Grammophon approached him to reimagine the piece for its 'Recomposed' series, Richter didn't have to think twice.

'Yeah, it was actually something that I had been wanting to do for ages,' says Richter from his Berlin studio. 'When I told Deutsche Grammophon this was the piece I wanted to take on, they gave me this kind of puzzled look. But they said ok.'"

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LSD presents: Organic Music Release Party @Prince Charles (Berlin)

LSD presents: Organic Music Release Party @Prince Charles (Berlin) | Berlin Life Style | Scoop.it

"To celebrate their next vinyl release (Chasing Kurt – One Day / Gettin Ready EP – includes remixes by Jef K and Charly Delhom) our friends from Organic are partying tomorrow, saturday nov 24, at Prince Charles near Moritzplatz. Amazing line-up, cool venue and you get the chance to win 2×2 tix by posting a track/video of your favorite artist in the comments below!"

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Berlin Photographed in Real-Time

Berlin Photographed in Real-Time | Berlin Life Style | Scoop.it

"A few weeks ago I was approached by Sony UKto take part in an experiment.To promote the launch of their new NEX 5R - and specifically to show off its unique wireless capabilities - they wanted three photographers to spend a night shooting their respective cities (Berlin, Paris and London) and uploading the results live to a gallery in London.

The project sounded like too much fun to pass up, and last Thursday I found myself at Alexanderplatz, NEX 5R in hand, with a small team of film makers and helpers ready to photograph whatever we found over the next few hours."

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Exploring Berlin on the Smart Electric Bike

Exploring Berlin on the Smart Electric Bike | Berlin Life Style | Scoop.it

"Berlin is a fantastic city where good design is ubiquitous and bicycle infrastructure is both plentiful and of a standard that many cities would be envious of. I recently spent a couple of days in Germany’s capital touring local design projects on the smart ebike as research for my article on reimagining urban buildings which has just been published over at Bettery Magazine.

But who am I kidding. The real reason I went to Berlin was to play on this electric bike, designed by the guys at smart – a company more famous for their 2-seater car than their 2-wheeled bike. There are lots of rules about electric bikes in the EU (there are lots of rules about everything in the EU…), and, technically, this electric bike is actually a pedelec – a bicycle with an electric engine that only kicks in when a rider peddles. So anyone hoping for a bicycle which they just turn on and go would be disappointed. But readjust your expectations and you’d be pretty pleased."

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Potsdamer Platz | finding berlin

Potsdamer Platz | finding berlin | Berlin Life Style | Scoop.it

"I’ll be hon­est: there is lit­er­ally noth­ing attract­ive about Pots­damer Platz and I’ll rarely ever pass by. It’s bor­ing and dis­con­cert­ing, pretty much the typ­ical go-to tour­ist hot spot with a mix of fancy res­taur­ants and posh office build­ings. You can expect some stuff to see, but a col­or­less lack of human inter­ac­tion. The only time you’ll find me there is when I need to see a movie on a proper blown up screen in its ori­ginal lan­guage. Nev­er­mind pay­ing half my rent for a gal­lon of coke and a oil tanker sized bowl of pop­corn, the cinemas at Pots­damer Platz are simply the kind of met­ro­pol­itan enter­tain­ment sta­di­ons that make me leave my Kiez ritually.

Not­with­stand­ing the bore­dom, the square is impress­ive– at night any­way. The Sony Cen­ter is in its traffic-beating heart, dressed in a fas­cin­at­ing light show. I remem­ber someone telling me that the whole thing used to be Europes largest build­ing site. I guess the res­ults are, to some extent, deserving of that record. That was in 1991. What was the Pots­damer Platz before that? In a nut­shell: when the Ber­lin Wall was built, it basic­ally par­ted the busy traffic inter­sec­tion on Pots­damer Platz in two. You will still see the memori­als and remains of the Wall there. The Wall res­ul­ted in a death­like isol­a­tion of the square. When it finally fell, a new oppor­tun­ity opened up to investors who could now acquire luc­rat­ive land right in the middle of new Ber­lin. They prob­ably wanted to com­pensate for the slow city devel­op­ment due to the his­tory and fast for­war­ded to a ridicu­lously futur­istic concept."

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In The Studio: Kader Attia, sculptor

In The Studio: Kader Attia, sculptor | Berlin Life Style | Scoop.it

"Kader Attia lives and works in Berlin, though he still retains both Algerian and French nationalities. He was born in 1970 in France, and his childhood straddled the two countries. He later lived in Congo for four years, serving the Algerian contract for non-military service.

His modest studio is between Prenzlauer Berg and Friedrichshain, "in a non-smart part of town". Multicoloured plastic bags litter the desk; a shelf contains the books he uses for inspiration. "Before I was renting five square metres in the former jail of the Stasi. I could afford only this. I could not stay there; the atmosphere was very heavy. Full of ghosts."

Attia's work is archaeological and based on archival research. His recent monumental piece, The Repair from Occident to Extra-Occidental Cultures at dOCUMENTA 13, was based on the French-Algerian war. "I don't see myself as an artist but a researcher," he affirms. "I am fascinated by the research. I love to see how the notion of history is filled with misunderstanding, and my research takes shapes that some people call artwork."

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Class: “The Problem of Berlin”

Class: “The Problem of Berlin” | Berlin Life Style | Scoop.it

"This week the different effects of demography is the thread to follow. An interview with Neil Smith brings up the debate over ‘supply side’ and ‘demand side’ explanations for gentrification. Crudely put, the former privileges the strategies of large-scale players in the market, the latter an evolution of life-style/cultural preferences. But both views rely ultimately on the growth/decline of the population and its composition in terms of household size and income.Relevant data for Berlin is contained in the Kleine Berlin Statistik for 2011 (english). Of particular interest pages: 2-4, 9, 14-17 and 22-24."

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History in Pictures, All Over Berlin

History in Pictures, All Over Berlin | Berlin Life Style | Scoop.it

" In the basement of a gallery on the Pariser Platz — where Mickey Mouse and fake Soviet officers are often seen posing in front of the Brandenburg Gate — a photography exhibition is devoted to events in a different part of the world. “Cairo: Open City – New Testimonies from an Ongoing Revolution,” addresses how current history is being documented.

The exhibition is part of the 5th European Month of Photography (EMoP to the initiated) being held in Berlin through November (some exhibitions remain open later). With 10,000 pictures from 500 photographers at 100 spaces in and around Berlin, EMoP is Germany’s biggest and most diverse photo festival. Started in 2004, the event takes place in Berlin every two years. This year there are sister happenings in Bratislava, Budapest, Ljubljana, Luxembourg, Vienna and Paris.

Philip Rizk
“Sidelines from Tahrir, 2011,” by Philip Rizk.
From several exhibitions of photographs from the former East Germany (including one of Stasi surveillance photos of West Berlin) to long-exposure photography of the construction and destruction of Berlin to a show of images by Dennis Hopper — to name just a few of the many shows on view under the umbrella theme “The View of the Other” — the city is a veritable candy store of photography."

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LARS TUNBJÖRK: VINTER | Berlin Art Link

LARS TUNBJÖRK: VINTER | Berlin Art Link | Berlin Life Style | Scoop.it

"As part of the European Month of Photography, Swedish Photography is exhibiting the work of Stockholm based photographer and photojournalist, Lars Tunbjörk. Exhibited over two adjoining spaces, his bleak documentary series Vinterwas shot between 2004-07 and captures the bitter reality of the Northern European winter on it’s inhabitants. Underscoring the negative, these snapshots portray an unflattering portrait of Nordic people in their natural habitat, depicting the harshness and the alienation of the environment.Tunbjörk’s images, according to the media release, are motivated by his own melancholy in the Swedish Winter. Taking this position, his frames are filled with deserted streets, drab architecture, dirty snowman, abandoned cars, glum faces and drunken encounters. Vinter is a personal journey for Tunbjörk that works within his own cultural identity; he sympathises with the individuals in his photographs, saying that he is no different than the subjects portrayed. There are humorous moments throughout the exhibition of images of men that have overused the fake tan, an example of an industry profiting from the lack of sunshine. However, these are only small punctuation marks in a larger landscape of bleakness."

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Dong Xuan Center | finding berlin

Dong Xuan Center | finding berlin | Berlin Life Style | Scoop.it

"The most aston­ish­ing places are often the most hid­den ones. Isol­ated from their sur­round­ing, one has to know about these spots, oth­er­wise it’s highly unlikely to sud­denly stumble over them. That’s cer­tainly true for treas­ure chests, but also for Dong Xuan Cen­ter – a place, that I, who grew up only a short tram­ride away, always con­sidered as as exotic as Ber­lin can be.

Dong Xuan Cen­ter is undoubtedly an unusual treas­ure chest: It’s the one-of-a-kind Asian cent­ral mar­ket, that extends over seem­ingly end­less aisles and aisles, lined up with all sorts of stores crammed in cubicles, which in turn, are also crammed with all sorts of goods far bey­ond ima­gin­a­tion. It’s the cen­ter of the East-Berlin Asian com­munity, where mostly Viet­namese and a small frac­tion of Sri Lankans and Thais gather to both buy products for their stores and their private shop­ping pleas­ure, to meet col­leagues and friends, and whilst there, why not get a new hair­cut, shiny new nails and the honey-caramelised roast duck that tastes like grandma’s?"

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The March of the Moderns

The March of the Moderns | Berlin Life Style | Scoop.it

"In 2010, Heiner and Ulla Pietzsch promised to donate to Berlin their $190 million collection of about 150 Surrealist and Abstract Expressionist works on the condition that it be integrated into the city’s collection of 20th-century art. It has been widely reported that the Pietzsch donation was also made on the condition that the collection be put fully on display, a stipulation that Hermann Parzinger, president of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation, which oversees Berlin’s State Museums, denies. Mr. Pietzsch’s intention was to help “the state museums finally get a gallery for the 20th century,” Mr. Parzinger explained in an interview.

Even before any Pietzsch additions, Berlin’s 20th-century art collection had already outgrown Mies van der Rohe’s New National Gallery, built in 1968. The Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation thought it had a solution to that space crunch: relocating the Old Masters and the Gemäldegalerie to Museum Island, Berlin’s famed consortium of museums and a Unesco World Heritage Site, thus freeing up for modern art their former quarters in the area known as the Kulturforum. “It’s not ust for the Pietzsch collection. It’s for our whole collection,” Mr. Parzinger claimed.

But in the German press, the plan has been represented as a clash between the old and the new, pitting Rembrandt and Leonardo against Jackson Pollock and Joseph Beuys. According to an Aug. 29 interview with the German wire service DPA, Mr. Pietzsch is dismayed with the resulting controversy and has threatened to withdraw his gift if a viable plan is not proposed by early next year."

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THE WEEK, November 12 – 18, 2012 | Berlin Art Link

THE WEEK, November 12 – 18, 2012 | Berlin Art Link | Berlin Life Style | Scoop.it

"Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012

PONY ROYAL
“Strategies and propositions of space occupation from art collective perspectives” – Ruli Moretti
Talk/Event: Wednesday, Nov. 14; 6-10pm
Siegfriedstraße 12 (Click here for map)

HELDART
”We have ways to make you talk” – GROUP SHOW
Exhibition: Nov. 14 – Nov. 15, 2012
Opening Reception: Wednesday, Nov. 14; 7-10pm
Kurfürstenstraße 37, Berlin "


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Makeshift Furniture from a Berlin Designer

Makeshift Furniture from a Berlin Designer | Berlin Life Style | Scoop.it

"For one Berlin-based designer, exploring the relationship between human and object has spawned an imaginative collection of makeshift pieces that are as expressive as they are practical.

Johanna Dehio is interested in actively engaging people in design. Thus, as the name suggests, her "Working Title" collection is a playful line of modular furniture that can be reconfigured into various formations. Never fixed, Dehio's improvisational pieces are designed to encourage a dynamic exchange between the furniture and the user. For pricing and availability, contact Johanna Dehio."

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On the Run with Vermibus – Adbustings in Berlin « Just Taking Pictures

On the Run with Vermibus – Adbustings in Berlin « Just Taking Pictures | Berlin Life Style | Scoop.it

"I had the chance to join the Artist VERMIBUS working on his Paintings/Adbustings the last couple of Days here in Berlin.

Also this is the Premiere of a new Slideshow i´ll gonna use from now on. I hope you like it.

21 Photos: http://fotos.1just.de/vermibus/index.html"

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Rihanna spend times with Chris Brown in Berlin

Rihanna spend times with Chris Brown in Berlin | Berlin Life Style | Scoop.it

"After her last 777 Tour concert in New York City, RiRi flew to Berlin and was seen spending some time with Chris Brown. After watching his concerts, she was spotted partying with him on Thursday and Friday.

Listen to their latest collaboration: “Nobody’s Business“.

Click the thumbnails below to see paparazzi photos and take a look at a few fan pictures after the jump."

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Vandalog – A Street Art Blog » Portraiture in Berlin: New from Cake and Various and Gould

Vandalog – A Street Art Blog » Portraiture in Berlin: New from Cake and Various and Gould | Berlin Life Style | Scoop.it

"During a visit to Berlin, New York-based street artist Cake has teamed up with locals Various and Gould to plaster the city with an impressive array of images. Two of the prints that Various and Gould posted are part of their Modern Saints series, which brings to light current social concerns through the use of religious iconography. These religious influences are echoed throughout the pair’s work, from the symbology of the objects the figures are holding to the scroll-like patterns repeating in the background.

In a complimenting color palette, the Cake continued creating portraits of those close to her, accompanied by the signature sunset hues and facial expressions for which she is known. The surfaces on which Cake chose to wheatpaste her work add to the aesthetic intrigue. Part of a new series titled The Girls of Fortuna, the melancholic expressions on each figure looks off into the distance is further heightened by the layers of peeling art and tags that dot the walls. Each one seems to be trapped in the visual chaos that surrounds them, looking for a way out."

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>get >put at Little Berlin conceptualizes the Internet | Knight Arts

>get >put at Little Berlin conceptualizes the Internet | Knight Arts | Berlin Life Style | Scoop.it

"If you are reading this, there is no doubt that your daily activities typically include the casual uploading and downloading of content on the Internet. At Knight Arts Grantee exhibition space Little Berlin in North Philly, the show “>get >put” explores the sometimes maddeningly complex relationships between input and output, the physical and the digital, individuals, networks and aesthetics. Curated by Kelani Nichole, the show includes work by six artists who attempt harness the book “The Sound of Downloading Makes me want to Upload” as a source of inspiration.

Derek Frech confronts the divide between the online and “real” world in a not-so-subtle way. In his piece “modem/router rock, camo version,” he wires up a mundane chunk of rock into a would-be digital modem. This crossover of high-tech and no-tech does well to placate both technophiles and Luddites alike. It is, as of now, non-functional, but the artist hopes to continue the project until the rock really does send a wireless signal from its antennas. It is hard wired into the wall with a coaxial cable amidst a backdrop of trees and ferns, thus the camouflage."

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Berlin What?

Berlin What? | Berlin Life Style | Scoop.it

"Berlin, Berlin, Berlin, Berlin. Berlinart, art, art, art, art, art, artartists, asrtist, asrtists, artists, artists.

That pretty much summarizes what the ‘interactive’ book Berlin What? is, or at least will be about. Yes, because in order to enable the project the founders of Neonchocolate Gallery in Berlin, Oliver and Uwe are looking to raise 35,000 $. The way they’ve chosen to do it is so very contemporary! Many will be familiar with the creative crowd-sourcing site, par excellence, Kick-starter? Look at this presentation in which Oliver will give you a better insight on what the concept is all about. And, who knows, if he convinces you maybe a little contribution in the name of art and creativity is not such a bad idea. Limited edition prints are on sale, as well, throughout the entire time of the campaign."

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Forget street art, it's the old fashioned graffiti that's really interesting

Forget street art, it's the old fashioned graffiti that's really interesting | Berlin Life Style | Scoop.it

"The man from Cologne has a word to describe Berliners: "Selbstbesoffen," he sniffs, which roughly translates as "drunk on yourself". We are currently tipsy on the more traditional intoxicants provided by Radialsystem V in Berlin's Mitte district, but his point still stands. "They think it's like New York in the 80s."

You can tell a city is having a moment, albeit a decade-long moment , when it's lauded as a capital of street art. Critic-curator Emilie Trice calls Berlin "the graffiti Mecca of the urban art world," and sure enough, it's everywhere; on the remnants of the Berlin Wall, of course, but also expensively recreated in the lift of my hotel. You can also tell this moment is soon to pass when the graffiti moves off the city's streets and into the major galleries. The famous Kunsthaus Tacheles squat in Mitte closed for good last month.

Did we ever really debate whether graffiti was art or vandalism? Since Shepard Fairey's image of the US President was on the cover of Time, it all seems but a fevered dream. Like skateboarding, DJ-ing house and collecting imported trainers, street art belongs to that class of activities that mysteriously retains its youth culture association, despite being mainly practised by 40-something dads."

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kagablog » the corpse-grinders of berlin – epidosde 15

kagablog » the corpse-grinders of berlin – epidosde 15 | Berlin Life Style | Scoop.it

"he arrived at the main bus terminal several minutes before the bus took off. the ride was nothing special. immediately when they arrived at the polish border things already went wrong, a clear sign that they had reached the eastern block. the bus had to wait for four hours for no apparent reason, and when the guards finally boarded the bus, they were simply told that they didn’t want to control them and that they had to go to another border crossing an hour away. so the trip had barely begun and already it was six hours late. this was one of those things that would never happen in the west. in the west everything is rational and functional. in the east it’s unpredictable and incoherent. but it is in this way that time gets immediately transformed. one might conclude that in the west, since things run smoothly, that there would be more time which was free and that life would expand. in fact it’s quite the opposite. in the west time moves quicker and therefore life gets shorter also as a result. it’s in the east where time goes more slowly that time expands with moments of stillness. in the west people were over concerned with prolonging and extending life, but in here was a secret of how to extend life internally rather than externally."

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WORLDTRONICS 2012 IN BERLIN

WORLDTRONICS 2012 IN BERLIN | Berlin Life Style | Scoop.it

"On 28th of November, the 2012 edition of Worldtronics Festival will kick off in Berlin. This year´s edition promises to be super exciting for all things tropical. The four day festival will be opened by a Tecno Brega night on Wednesday 28th of November curated by me, featuring the European debut performances by Brega heavyweights such as Banda Uó, Felipe Cordeiro and DJ Waldo Squash plus our beloved João Brasil. Thursday 29th of November will have a focus on current developments in the Chinese electronic music scene, aptly named “Sinotronics”. Friday 30th of November Daniel Best of Bestworks presents a South African house night with Liquideep (ZA), 2Lani (ZA), Jullian Gomes (ZA) and DJ André Lodemann (D) feat. The Lazarusman (ZA). The closing night is curated by Nadastrom, who will host the first ever Moombathon Massive night in Berlin featuring The Very Best, Schlachthofbronx, DJ Sabo, Boyfriend, Disgraceland plus MCs Zuzuka Poderosa and Jen Lasher."

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A Boar Of A Story

A Boar Of A Story | Berlin Life Style | Scoop.it

"PIGS" are a hot topic in Germany's capital.

Attend any press briefing about how German Chancellor Angela Merkel is going to solve the European debt crisis and you're likely to hear that acronym, which stands for "Portugal, Ireland (or Italy), Greece and Spain."

But recently, pigs of an altogether different variety made headlines in Berlin.

Four people were injured including a policeman when a 265-pound wild boar attacked them in the Berlin neighborhood of Charlottenburg in late October. The police officer shot and killed the animal, which had been injured while crossing a busy highway.

Shocked residents said that they'd seen boars in the nearby park, but didn't know they were dangerous. Some residents squealed on neighbors, accusing them of throwing food from their balconies to the pigs. Feeding wild boars in Berlin is illegal and offenders face fines of up to $6,500.

Officials say attacks like this are rare, but as it turns out, wild boar roaming Berlin neighborhoods are not.

Thousands of wild boar have migrated to the city, where food is plentiful and hunters scarce."

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What's up with Watteau?

What's up with Watteau? | Berlin Life Style | Scoop.it

"THE most famous painting in Berlin’s Charlottenburg Palace, Jean-Antoine Watteau's second version of “The Embarkation for Cythera” (1718), is at the centre of a new controversy. Did the Hohenzollern family (which once ruled Germany) manage to sell it to the Land of Berlin twice?

Guido Hinterkeuser, a historian, has set the cat among the pigeons by claiming as much in a recent book about Berlin Schloss, another royal palace which once housed the painting. The current head of the Hohenzollern family, Georg Friedrich Ferdinand, Prince of Prussia, viewed the claim as a slight on the family name and has taken Mr Hinterkeuser’s publisher to court.

At a hearing on November 13th at the Berlin Landgericht, a stone’s throw from Charlottenburg Palace, no light was shed on the historical question, but the leading judge said he did not see why the prince should take the claim personally. The prince’s lawyer was flabbergasted, since the book states that the Hohenzollerns may have “inadvertently” double-dipped."

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Barihunks: Dominik Köninger and Günter Papendell star in Berlin's Monteverdi Trilogy

Barihunks: Dominik Köninger and Günter Papendell star in Berlin's Monteverdi Trilogy | Berlin Life Style | Scoop.it

"We've been singing Dominik Köninger's praises ever since he wowed the judges at the 2011 Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation International Song Competition. He's now been engaged to sing the lead of Orpheus in Komische Oper's controversial Monterverdi Trilogy.

The new musical interpretation by the Uzbek composer Elena Kats-Chernin is being performed in a single day, running from 11a.m. until 11p.m, as well individual performances of the three operas: Orpheus, Odysseus and Poppea. The work feautures around 200 artists on stage and (how can we say this delicately) is not for purists. Kat-Chermin has integrated jazz, klezmer, tango, and ragtime into the score."

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Moments to form a Saturday (Berlin Reified)

Moments to form a Saturday (Berlin Reified) | Berlin Life Style | Scoop.it

"Let's begin this Saturday with another Saturday:

1 Courtyards disclosing their secrets as traffic rushes by.

2 A gallery of art from Africa nestled a gem of a Berlin Hinterhof: bronze warrior, reddened ivy; motorcycle diva, tinkling fountain.

3 Eyeing the window seat and its open invitation to read for hours.

4 A sound installation in an Altbau flat speaking the language of old-fashioned menace; in the distance, a Spätkauf.

1 Street View here. (Zoom out to savor the Reading Room's previous incarnation as Moti Mahal.)

2 Galerie Peter Herrmann, Potsdamer Straße 98A, Berlin-Tiergarten (map)

3 do you read me?! Reading Room, Potsdamer Straße 98A, Berlin-Tiergarten (map)

4 Galerie Mario Mazzoli, Potsdamer Straße 132 (ring for admission), Berlin-Schöneberg (map)"

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