On the evening of Wednesday, November 22, 1961, a US Army "Duty Train" left Berlin for West Germany, traveling through Soviet-occupied East Germany, when a young East German, in a bid to escape, jumped aboard the train
when it slowed for a curve, and was let aboard. The incident was eventually dramatized as a film called Stop Train 349
, or Incident at Marienborn
Musician Charles Cohen
) hosts a workshop at Berlin's Schneidersladen
the use of the rare and recently re-released Buchla Music Easel
Jonathon Keats is asking people to hide cameras around Berlin.
Each of his specially designed "photographic time capsules" will slowly record an image over the next hundred years. If all goes according to plan, "future viewers of the images will be able to see urban development and decay over the span of a century captured in single frames." The exhibition is scheduled for May 16th, 2114.
’ (NSFW lyrics) is the brand new single
from Berlin based Denitza Torodrove AKA DENA
, released worldwide on 23rd November
. The tongue and cheek lyrics offer a poignant juxtaposition to the political message of the single
which addresses immigration control issues in her native Bulgaria. The video, also shot in her homeland...provides a suitable backdrop to DENA’s unique brand of pop, 90’s inspired hip-hop and Balkan beats
. ‘Guestlist’ follows singles ‘Thin Rope
’ and ‘Cash, Diamond Rings, Swimming Pools
" which came out on French label Kitsune earlier this year
, rapidly reaching more than 800,000 views on Youtube
. [more inside]
, a collection of photographs of every U-Bahn
station in Berlin, organised by line and showing the variety of architectural styles
in the system. There is an interview with the photographer, Kate Seabrook, here
Demolition is beginning
(de) on part of Berlin's East Side Gallery
(img, img, panorama)
"...the 1.3km-long outdoor gallery, which is covered in paintings by artists from around the world, is now threatened by the city's strident advance of gentrification, with a significant section of it due to be dismantled soon to make way for a luxury block of flats
." (en) [more inside]
"There are reasons why this film is obscure. It is, in the most charitable possible evaluation, a mess: Bowie has described it as "my 32 Elvis films rolled into one." And yet life on that ever-dwindling island of not-on-region-one DVD films is a harsh fate for any film and particularly for this one, which is at least as interesting as its cast suggests and a good deal more. You don't need to dig out the VHS player to watch Mick Jagger run an agency of gigolos in The Man From Elysian Fields—you shouldn't have to do so to watch Bowie play one. " David Bowie's Lost 70s-era Weimar Berlin Movie: Just a Gigalo.
Who will win the vinyl spinning marathon? Who's favourite in the cotton tote sack race? Yes, it's wall-to-wall irony
at Berlin's second Hipster Olympics
. You've probably never heard of them.
In 1990, right after the Berlin Wall fell, Stephen Koppelkamm ventured into East Berlin and photographed what he found. Ten years on, he revisited the same locations
Seven intense minutes of Fela Kuti and The Africa '70 performing
in a night club in Calabar, a small Nigerian port city, in 1971, filmed by Ginger Baker. Seven years later, in one of their last performances before The Africa '70 disbanded, they performed at the Berlin Jazz Festival: V.I.P. (Vagabonds In Power)
, Power Show
, Pansa Pansa
), Cross Examination of the African Colonial Soldier
During the month of December, 1. FC Union Berlin raised money to finance a new stand in its stadium by selling shares in the stadium to fans
, under the slogan We're selling our soul. But not to just anyone!
(YT--German). This is the second phase of renovation at the Stadion An der Alten Försterei, to bring it up to 2. Bundesliga standards. Much of the work on the first phase was done by the fans themselves
(DW video--English). [more inside]
On the subway in Berlin, one woman started chuckling at something on her cellphone and it snowballed.
[slyt] [more inside]
WDET- Detroit Public Radio: "Detroit and Berlin are iconic cities; symbols of cultural and economic domination, as well as of collapse, and (potential) rebirth. Detroit and Berlin have ideological similarities that go far beyond industrial power. As beacons of culture, Detroit and Berlin have both been on the cutting edge of arts activities. Berlin is a crossroads of European film, art, music and food; Detroit is a center of African-American culture, with global credibility in jazz, techno, and emerging cultural expressions." Audio Preview. [more inside]
Color footage of 1936 Berlin
, in what appears to be a promotional film for the city before the 1936 Olympics. (SLYT)
Since the fur-coated Boot Girls’ particular services were suggested by the iridescent colors of their calf-length, patent-leather boots and shoelaces, suitors had to be intimately familiar with their semaphore-like advertising before accompanying them to nearby apartments. Naturally, only devoted aficionados could decipher such specific messages with confidence. Other potential clients had to buy special primers, where Berlin’s complex street semiotics were thoughtfully decoded for the uninitiated.
- Sex tourism in Berlin
during the Jazz Age, along with some illustrations
from the period.
(Racy rather than obscene, but somewhat NSFW)
Wijnanda Deroo: Inside New York Eateries
"Continuing her long-term exploration of the architectural interior as a genre of photographic investigation, artist Wijnanda Deroo has scoured New York's five boroughs documenting the full spectrum of the city's culinary institutions. From Café des Artistes to Papaya Dog, the Russian Tea Room to Yonah Schimmel's Knishes, Deroo's viewfinder alights on diverse sites (and sights) where we New Yorkers sit (or stand) to consume our daily bread." More interiors at the artist's website -- Indonesia
Do you like video games? Have you ever wanted to comprehensively
reenact the daily life of a double-decker bus driver in 1985 West Berlin? Your prayers have finally been answered.
Aerosoft's impressive Omnibus Driving Simulator
allows you to take command of the venerable 1980s-vintage MAN SD200 and SD202 double-decker buses (in 20 authentic 1980s advertising liveries) along West Berlin's Omnibus Route 92, complete with an accurate simulation of all four production-runs of the SD200's transmission, drivetrain, climate control, and passenger information systems. If the SD202 doesn't cut it for you, or you want to escape the clutches of West Berlin, there's a comprehensive map editor and scripting engine
at your disposal. (via) [more inside]
eMusic has a collection of more than 50 artists reflecting on love songs
, from Andreya Triana (Coldplay's "Yellow
" reminds of her first love and heartbreak), to Yuki Chikudate (from Asobi Seksu) (Debbie Gibson's "Lost in Your Eyes
" brings back the innocent early-elementary school crushes), and Dan Deacon (who heard Yo La Tengo's "Shadows
" after a sucky breakup). All songs mentioned are linked below the break. [more inside]
On August 30, 1978 a Polish airliner was hijacked
and redirected to Tempelhof airport in West Berlin. Torn between a policy of supporting defection and a recently-signed anti-hijacking treaty, the West German government ceded jurisdiction over the defendants to the United States government, which was still technically an occupying power and had an interest in the case because of the US Air Force Base at Tempelhof. The result was the one and only decision rendered by the United States Court for Berlin, United States v. Tiede
. [more inside]
Following the construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961, the rail networks of East and West Berlin were divided, necessitating the closure of a number of stations, creating ghost stations
, through which West Berlin trains slowed, but did not stop. They appeared on West Berlin U-/S-Bahn maps
as stations at which trains do not stop, in the case of stations lying in East Berlin through which trains passed or as out of service. The map also included some stations reachable only from East Berlin trains. The East Berlin map
omitted the West Berlin lines and stations entirely. [more inside]
The Taxi Gourmet
Every week, I get in a taxi, ask the driver to take me to his or her favorite restaurant. [more inside]
Postcards from Berlin
is a call from a Berlin (Germany) design studio for virtual postcards from all of the places in the US named Berlin.
A family traveled to France and Germany in 1938 and shot this footage
which features two appearances by Adolf Hitler. It's creepy seeing this Nazi spectacle shot by an amateur. It's a perspective I don't know if I've ever seen. The video opens in France and the Nazi footage starts around 1:45.
The collector writes: "The Basement Collection presents: An 8mm film bought at an estate sale back in the 90's. This reel is part of a series of a family vacation movies to Europe in 1938. On this reel the family visits France and then Germany. The footage of Hitler is from a celebration in the Berlin Stadium on what I think is a May Day celebration (May 2, 1938) then another celebration at Berlin's Lustgarten. (on May 1st). (I think the reel was edited together out of order)."
Nabokov in Berlin.
'Vladimir Nabokov was starting his career as a writer when he found himself in Berlin. "It is clear, for one thing, that while a man is writing, he is situated in some definite place; he is not simply a kind of spirit, hovering over the page...Something or other is going on around him." The short 1934 novel Despair from which this quote comes is already heavily self-ironising compared with the stories of the previous decade. But like them it is studded with incidental Berlin experiences, from the shape of the city's S-Bahn train line on the map to the comedy of a German misspeaking English. "I suppose only the pest. The chief thing by me is optimismus." If Nabokov's Berlin was in his head, it was nevertheless not invented.' [more inside]
Matthias Heiderich takes colorful pictures
of Berlin, among other things
. I think this one
is my favorite. [via] [more inside]
Architect Jakob Tigges
plans to erect a 1,000 meter tall artificial mountain
in the middle of Berlin. [more inside]
Twenty years ago in Berlin a wall came down. But at a free concert last night given by U2 in front of the Brandenburg Gate, MTV Europe decided to put a wall back up
the videos of datdatdat.org
, Andreas Fischer, artist, designer and director from Berlin:
The Omega Code
datdatdat is part of the We Are Chopchop
Moments in Time 1989/1990
- The Fall of the Wall and reunification. Films and photos from private collections. With woodpeckers
On Sunday, Karmanoia
, one of Berlin's most interesting underground clubs, closed its doors for the last time. Although not as storied or well-known as Tacheles
- also facing tough times
- and easy to pass without noticing, Karmanoia had a loyal crowd of oddballs frequenting it, and was notable not just for its pirate-ship-like interior, but also for the full Labyrinth built into its upper portions. The club's funeral took place directly after locking the doors at midnight on Sunday, with an orchestra dressed like skeletons leading a parade to a nearby canal to bury the key in a watery grave. [more inside]
We are in the midst of a Ferris wheel craze. In 2009.
"This year, Germany will unveil the Great Berlin Wheel
. Upon its completion, the wheel will be 606 feet high — as high as two football fields are long, as high as three Niagara Falls. It will be taller than what’s currently the tallest Ferris wheel in the world, the Singapore Flyer
, a soon-to-be-disappointing 541 feet high. This year, China also plans to unveil the Beijing Great Wheel
. At an awesome 682 feet high, it will be taller than both the Great Berlin Wheel and the Singapore Flyer (which only debuted as the world’s tallest Ferris wheel last year) ... China has, in fact, built wheels in six cities since the start of the new millennium."
Inspired by NYC's Poster Boy
and the hilarity of online celebrity photoshop disasters
, Berlin's culture jamming F
. crew recently organized a hit on Britney, Christina and Leona
in an underground U-Bahn station. Note from the group's flickr sets that they were also recently responsible for a project based on John Carpenter's They Live
For reasons unknown to mankind the people of Kreuzberg fight the people of Friedrichshain (two Berlin precincts) on the Brigde that connects them. Their ammunition is rotten vegetables, diapers, rotten fruit and everything else you'd find in your bio-trashcan. More (sorry only a Trailer)
and still more
(in german only).
The Historic American Sheet Music archive
at the Duke University Library has over 3000 pieces published in the United States available online
, from the 1850s
up to 1920
. Composers represented include well-known names such as Scott Joplin
, Irving Berlin
, and John Philip Sousa
. All the music is now in the public domain, and may be printed
and performed freely
. [Note: Language or stereotypes may occasionally be NSFW.]
Displaying Hitler alongside celebrities, pop stars, world statesmen and sporting heroes at the new Madame Tussauds in Berlin
was a bit controversial
to begin with. And it didn't last long before one of the first visitors literally tore off the Fuehrer's head
Twenty years ago this week, the biggest escape ever over the Berlin Wall took place
, but the event
went nearly unreported outside of the two Germanies. The 182 persons who jumped over the Wall in the early morning hours of 1 July 1988, instead of leaving East Germany, fled in the opposite direction
(scroll down to "Wolfgang Ritter"
) to escape the West Berlin police. East German border guards waited with trucks on the other side of the Wall in the middle of the death strip to pick up the wall-hopping protesters; they were driven to another location, served breakfast, and then taken to the Friedrichsstrasse crossing to West Berlin with the admonition to "use the usual border crossing next time." [more inside]
: In the 1920s and early 1930s, German Jewish architects created some of the greatest modern buildings in Germany, mainly in the capital Berlin. A law issued by the newly elected German National Socialist Government in 1933 banned all of them from practicing architecture in Germany. In the years after 1933, many of them managed to emigrate, while many others were deported or killed under Hitler’s regime. Pentagram Papers 37: Forgotten Architects
is a survey of 43 of these architects
and their groundbreaking work. [more inside]
Do you like Berlin? The hippest city on the planet has some interesting video blogs. My personal favorite is First We Take Berlin
which is pretty off-beat and covers a lot of not so hip areas of the city. In their current episode they go to the annual may riots in Kreuzberg (after a weird little mouse story). Then there is Mayda3000
which is the longest running video blog about Berlin. Watch Berlin
is a sort of compilation of many different video blogs most of which are in german but there are some are in english as well. And last but not least there's Verbundstoff
which is in german only and takes a look at the very underground Berlin electronic music scene.
With the grounds it was built on having hosted the first demonstration of airplane flight in 1909, Tempelhof International Airport
, the world's second-oldest working commercial airport, was officially opened in 1923. Also known as City Airport, it takes its official name from the Tempelhof neighborhood of Berlin, itself named for the Knights Templar
who owned its land in the Middle Ages. [more inside]