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Think you know video art? Do you know Wolf Vostell?

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The father of video art and Fluxus co-founder, Wolf Vostell disrupts typical art historical assumptions of the founding of video art. Creating Sun in your head in 1963, Vostell is the creator of video art even though he did not see himself exclusively as a video artist. Finishing a two part retrospective of Vostell’s video art, Rooster Gallery inserts Vostell back into the New York scene with the show Wolf Vostell: A Possible Survey on Video (1983-1993). On view from January 22 until February 22, the show is dedicated to the last decade of video works before his death in Berlin on April 3, 1998. Continue reading

KAI D: WORK HARD AND STAY HUMBLE

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Kai D.Kai D. Fan, a seasoned designer with many years of experience working in the fashion industry for such well-known brands as Lacoste, Converse by John Varvatos and Sean John, launched his own menswear collection in 2009.

Fan’s meticulously designed store Kai D. Utility, located in the heart of Williamsburg, feels more like a Wunderkammer or Cabinet of Curiosities of Fashion and Design than an exclusive boutique. Take a close look around and between the well-crafted menswear pieces and archival images of explorers, you will discover various witty and provocative aphorisms posted on the walls that reflect Kai’s unique personality and philosophy. And don’t be surprised if the salesperson you are having a very engaging conversation with turns out to be Kai D. himself. 

S2S: Kai, why did you decide to opt out of the corporate fashion world you have been part of for so many years and start your own collection?

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If you build it

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10428054_10154351227200393_7964381875293913658_nSweet Sugar Hill, is the epicenter of the Harlem Renaissance and was immortalized in songs by greats such as Duke Ellington and later by The Sugar Hill Gang. This cultural hotbed has not stopped inspiring artists since the 1920s, but how many times have you gone to visit? No Longer Empty’s 12th take over of an iconic space shows specially commissioned work by 25 artists responding to Sugar Hill’s past, present, and future. Located within the soon-to-be-opened Sugar Hill apartment complex, designed by David Adjaye, “If You Build It” brings in the energy of the community to a building in progress.

Culling from the historical past of the neighborhood, works shown focus on themes of ancestry, home, placement, and identity. The instrumental impact of the neighborhood is visually expressed by Radcliffe Bailey’s Windward Coast (2007-2014) consisting of a plaster bust bobbing in a torrent of piano keys, referencing the impact of Jazz and the oppressive middle passage of millions across the Atlantic Ocean.

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Button Up: Amy Li’s Alternative Art Space

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P1180459He Zhen Snap Button Company began as a tiny store across from the Christopher Henry Gallery in 1986, the same year Amy Li was born. That was when Chinatown/LES was very quiet and comprised of primarily Chinese immigrants and Italians. Today, Amy Li has appropriated her parent’s storefront to show art. Stephanie Schroeder delves into the history of 166 Mott Street and talked to Li about her recent exhibition series.

Amy Li spent time at the button store when she wasn’t in school, taking music, art, or writing lessons. She majored in art history and studio art at Hunter College. Amy Li returned to graduate school in 2012 because she knew she wanted a career in art but felt unprepared.
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Jenny Brockmann at The German Consulate NYC

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Jenny BrockmannOn May 8th, Berlin based artist Jenny Brockmann’s exhibition Air opened at the German Consulate in New York. The site-responsive projects deals with daily phenomena and cycles that are invisible yet in flux. Many of the works, even though created and installed in New York, allude to Berlin. Guest writer Eric Booker met up with Jenny who is also currently an Artist-in-Residence at ISCP in New York.

Eric Booker: So, I know that we already talked a bit about the project in person, but maybe (for Station to Station’s sake) you could start by telling me how the exhibition at the German Consulate came to be? Was it a site that you already knew you wanted to work with? I find the liminality of such a place to be fascinating…

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Passing Stranger

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PSlogoPassing Stranger is an audio poetry tour through the East Village that guides you to various locations that were frequented by seminal American writers from the Beat Generation and their disciples. The Tour is narrated by Jim Jarmusch, with a soundtrack from John Zorn, and is easily downloaded to a smart phone. A lot of care and attention to detail were edited into the audio tour that allows participants to time travel back to the days when Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, Frank O’Hara and others were just ordinary fixtures on the streets of the East Village. The tour is produced by Pejk Malinoski and The Poetry Foundation and lasts about 90 minutes, but it will stay with you forever. We talked with Pejk about the tour, Jim Jarmusch and poetry at large. 

S2S: Pejk, you have always had a passion for poetry. Today, there is spoken word but poetry is often thought of as rather antiquated. What was it about poetry that made you want to become a poet? What were some of the poems that influenced you?

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More New York Style Stories

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NYStyleStories-1New York Style Stories is a series of short documentary portraits by Maaike Holvast. The different episodes portray various New Yorkers with distinctly outspoken styles and document not only their vivid visual expressions, but also the personalities that motivate such display. We showed you one of those exciting short films last year, now we finally found the time to catch up with Maaike and discuss everything style and her latest project +1 Significant Others.

S2S: Before becoming a documentary filmmaker you studied Fashion, worked as a stylist, brand consultant and fashion editor. What is it about fashion that fascinates you and why did you choose documentary film-making to explore the subject more in depth?

Maaike Holvast: I was always more interested with the WHY, then the HOW of fashion and style. People spend so much time, effort and money on appearances, yet many of us never really think about what motivates us to choose our clothing, hairstyles etc. At the same time we all categorize and judge others by it. During my education this was already obvious. I was most interested in the classes that dealt with the psychology of style and the influences of societal trends on fashion. After graduating and working in the industry for a while I realized, not many people in the fashion world share my fascination.

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Jonny Star & Superuschi in NYC

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Jonny StarA couple of weeks ago, on a freezing evening the debut opening of du weißt, ich liebe das Leben (You Know, I Love Life) by Superuschi  from Berlin took place in NYC. Even though people were turning to ice in the unheated space, nobody wanted to leave. It must have been because of the the warmth that Jonny Star, artist and curator who organized the event exudes. Jonny, who lives and works in Berlin, comes from the urban subculture of the 80s in Berlin (West) via a study of psychology at TU Berlin, extended stays abroad, operating a cult bar, fashion and farming to finally arrive in the Fine Arts. S2S immediately felt that we had met a kindred spirit.  We asked Jonny about her past and plans for the future.

S2S: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and Jonny Star?

Jonny Star: I made art under my given name Gabriele-Maria Schedafor for 20 years. For 4 years now, I’ve been working under my artist name, Jonny Star. Four years ago the timing worked out well – I was participating with my art project “sweet home – private art space” at the art fair SCOPE Miami. I added “Star” as an amused finger pointing at the art market, as they often seek stars and “enfant terrible” instead of good art or interesting concepts. And of course the name is a critique of the patriarchal structures of the art market and the discrimination of female artists that results from it.

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Berlin Galleries at The Independent

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We at S2S don’t care so much about some of the hyper commercial art fairs in town this weekend, but we couldn’t ignore the strong presence of Berlin galleries at The Independent this year. In it’s fifth year, The Independent 2014, drew a total of nine galleries from Berlin, some like Société attending the fair for the first time, while others like Galerie Neu have already been a part of it for several years in a row. Participation in the fair is by invitation only. Located in the light filled former exhibition space of the Dia Art Foundation, this year’s fair was conceived by founders Elizabeth Dee and Darren Flook, developed in conjunction with creative advisor Matthew Higgs of White Columns and Director Laura Mitterrand.

S2S had the chance to talk to Alexander Schroeder of Galerie Neu, Monty from Société, and Nikolaus Oberhuber, co-owner of KOW.

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Samantha Box: Dedication to the Subject

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--Since 2005, Samantha Box has dedicated herself to documenting New York City’s community of homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) youth. Her on-going project, INVISIBLE, has been recognized by the Anthropographia Award for Photography and Human Rights, EN FOCO, and the New York Foundation for the Arts. Her photos have been widely exhibited and Box has received numerous awards and honors. Born in Kingston, Jamaica, she was raised in Edison, New Jersey and is now based in Brooklyn, New York. S2S talked to Samantha Box about her long term photography projects and her teachings.

S2S: Was there a particular event in your life that made you want to become a documentary photographer?

Samantha Box: There was no particular event that made me want to become a documentary photographer, as far as I know – it seems that wanting to do this kind of work is something that has always been with me. Realizing that being a documentary photographer was something that I could do, and then a point of claiming the title as my own, those were my foundation moments.

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Nicolaus Schmidt: Astor Hair, New York & Vokuhila, Berlin

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Astor Hair, New York & Vokuhila, Berlin: 

Hairstyling & Social Marketplace

The exhibition which is presently on display at New York University’s Deutsches Haus, aptly explores two salons as transnational: spaces that cut through the hard-edged barriers of dissimilarity—spaces that allow for a convergence of social, cultural, economic, gender and other forms of difference.

My fascination with barbershops and salons began at a very young age. My earliest visits to the barbershop were frightening. I can recall being placed in the barber’s chair and covered with a satin-like apron which was meant to keep my coarse, dark-brown hair from decorating my neck and clothes. While I was afraid that a stylist might make a mistake while cutting my hair (and one barber did when he mistook my instructions to slightly shorten the length of my hair to mean disappearing it altogether), I was equally fearful of being exposed as different within a space wherein myriad individualities traversed.

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Andrea Pichl at ISCP

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APConcurrent with her latest exhibitions in Berlin and Antwerp, Belgium, the Berlin based artist Andrea Pichl spent the last few months in residency at ISCP, in Brooklyn, NYC. S2S spoke to Andrea Pichl about her recent work and her time in delirious New York.

S2S: The title of your exhibition in Berlin is ‘delirious Dinge’ – a reference to Rem Koolhaas’ Delirious New York?

Andrea Pichl: It’s just a question of semantics. Granted the title was inspired by Rem Koolhaas. But in the case of my exhibition it means something completely different and has no relation to Koolhaas’ excellent book. To be ’delirious’ – “auser sich sein“ in German isn’t really a good equivalent.

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Frieda Bellmann: Luxus in the House

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Frieda BellmanThe word luxury comes from the Latin word lux, meaning “light” or “brightness” – in other words BLING, right?! Not so fast. Sure most of us think right away of expensive cars and jewelry, but the term ‘luxury’ is actually not easy to define. One man’s trash is another’s treasure. What does luxury really mean in today’s global society? An upcoming exhibition of Berlin artists at the German Consulate General in New York City is exactly exploring this question. Station to Station discussed the subject with our very own, Frieda Bellmann, the curator of Luxus: A Study of Luxury from Berlin Artists

S2S: Frieda, we are living in a time where the gap between rich and poor grows more and more extreme. For some, it is a luxury to do anything that goes beyond survival, while others purchase diamond-studded skulls for more than 80 Million dollars. What interests you as a curator in the subject “luxury”?

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Dharma Punx NYC: Josh Korda

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You’re looking for some fundamental answers in your life but are not the granola type who sits around in woolen socks cherishing a cup of chamomile tea? In fact you are sporting a bunch of tattoos, curse like a sailor, and in general have a rebellious streak in you? Well, welcome to Dharma Punx – not your mother’s meditation class.  We talked to Josh Korda, who has been teaching meditation with Dharma Punx in New York City for the past eight years.

S2S: Can you give us a little bit background information on Dharma Punx NYC. How and when did you meet Noah Levine, the founder of Dharma Punx? And when and why did you get involved?

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bart plantenga: Beauty Is As Beauty Does

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bart plantengaWinter brings frigid nights but this steamy short story from The Man Who Thought He Was The Man Who Loved Women by bart plantenga will heat up your groins!

An ex-girl-friend-stripper-artist once told me that being beautiful – as painful as she found it to admit – was just as bad as being ugly, an Achilles heel, a burden that people hate you for. She may have called it “beauty persecution” or something like that.

Well, Emke saw it differently. Emke considered her considerable beauty to be like a lead guitar, the bumper on a ’62 Cadillac, a backlit Ingres in the Louvres, a spring-loaded firearm… Her beauty, simply put, made others nauseous. It had a destabilizing effect in crowds. Imagine Marilyn Monroe stepping off the Whirl-i-gig into Madison Square Garden during a cock fight. Everyone suddenly gets up off their haunches, standing erect as if saluting the flag, silent and humble for a few endless seconds as their cocks scurry about. Some people will never understand this almost vengefully ecstatic, life-fucking aspect of beauty.

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Eva Schweitzer: Berlinica

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Eva C. Schweitzer1Eva  Schweitzer, is a seasoned journalist, author and founder of the Berlin based publishing company Berlinica Publishingwhich introduces English-language books about Berlin to Americans. Bi-continental and always on the move, we had to belt along to catch up with Eva in NYC before she boards her next flight back to Berlin.

S2S: Your career as a journalist started in Berlin, writing for the taz and the Tagesspiegel before you moved to New York nearly 15 years ago. What made you decide to live in the Big Mango?

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Kim Yaged’s Passion for Art & Activism

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KimYagedArtist and activist Kim Yaged is a writer with a unique vision, and a passion for art and social justice. She has a creative flair, a positive outlook, and a passionate bent.

An award-winning writer and photographer, Kim Yaged is passionate about…well a lot things. But, where art and activism meet is of particular interest to her and she takes dedicated action in that regard. One could classify Kim Yaged as an artivist, but that might annoy her. But, certainly she sees — and creates — art through a lens that encompasses a social justice perspective and social justice programs that incorporate art. Her work is quirky and edgy, and her artistic range is impressive.

Stephanie Schroeder asked Kim Yaged for some insight into  her art and activism as well as her relationships with both New York City and Berlin.

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Berliner Schule is dead – long live Berliner Schule

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Berliner Schule 1From November 20 to December 6, MoMA will host The Berlin School: Films from the Berliner Schule. These films were created in the aftermath of the collapse of the Berlin Wall, during the unification process of East and West Germany. Beyond presenting a rare opportunity to catch a glimpse of independent filmmaking by Berlin based auteur filmmakers, the films of the  Berliner Schule give an insight into contemporary German cultural identity.

The Berliner Schule or Berlin School is probably easier to define by what the filmmakers and their films do not have in common versus what they do. None of the directors of the Berliner Schule are from Berlin but hail from much smaller West German towns.

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Ran Dosis: Healing Soul

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RanDosisRan Dosis is a German/American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and musician. Born  and raised in a multi-cultural and artistic family in Heidelberg/Germany, Ran Dosis discovered his passion for music at an early age. Taking piano, singing and percussion lessons in his childhood, he also over the years taught himself the guitar, bass, various synthesizers, talk box and music production. After years of creating demos, rehearsing and performing in Germany, Ran Dosis decided to move to New York City. He is currently working on his new album called Age Of Flamboyance

S2S: Born and raised in Heidelberg a rather small and conservative city in Germany you decided to move to New York, a pulsating metropolis in the United States. Why New York City? Were there other cities you were attracted to?

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Berliner Schaubühne at BAM

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urlLast week, acclaimed director Thomas Ostermeier and the Berliner Schaubühne returned to BAM | Brooklyn Academy of Music  with a contemporary adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s 1882 play An Enemy of the People. S2S went to see what contemporary German theater is all about these days.

I highly anticipated Thomas Ostermeier‘s Berliner Schaubühne adaptation of Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People, since my first love of all the arts was the theater. Sitting in the dark, all by myself in immediate vicinity to the stage, without the protective arms of my parents, I got hooked at an early age when the company my father worked for would send kids to see The Wizard of Oz and other age appropriate plays during the Christmas holidays.
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Making Art and Breaking Bread

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Microsoft Word - ShattererPosterOnline.docxThe evocative and provocative artistry of The Bread and Puppet Theater is more than radical political statement or partisan dogma. Rather Bread and Puppet is and always has been a collaborative commentary involving local volunteers, a core theater company along with the active participation of the audience. The viewers’ gaze animates every performance and infuses it with meaning.

A highly imaginative and preternaturally creative spirit is present in the troupe’s every breath and every movement. From the second the large, old space at the West Park Presbyterian Church goes dark and Bread and Puppet’s chilling performance begins, the audience is transported, all to their own cold, dark places. Whatever agonies each person has experienced–or fears–is projected onto the performance piece as well as reflected back onto each individual.

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My Berlin for your Brooklyn

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Alexander Hacke, aka Dr. Hacke, Einstürzende Neubauten

An experienced home exchanger with six apartment swaps under my belt, I was in no position, in the winter of 2009-2010, to travel abroad. So, when someone from Berlin inquired about an apartment swap, I sent back a modest proposal.

I offered my apartment as the New York City-based accommodation for the inquiring Berliner and her partner while the designated traveler would be my friend Marion, a writer, web designer, and translator.

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Back to the Future

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TWA Terminal  at JFK

“The best things in life are free” goes the old adage and for the rest there’s MasterCard. That’s how last Sunday went down when we were escorted to the old TWA Terminal at JFK in an old friend’s 1964 Ford Falcon station wagon.  For the price of a couple gallons of gasoline and short term parking, we were able to experience an architectural landmark in all its 1960s sublime glory. Untouched, except for a few minor 80s alterations, the entire structure was open to the public last weekend during Open House New York. A once in a lifetime visit that effectively allowed the spectator to time travel back to a period of aesthetics, that ultimately, we can no longer arrive at.

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Eva Koethen: New Spaces of Perception

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Last week Eva Koethen‘s show The Creation of New Spaces of Perception opened at the German Consulate General in New York. The photographs in this new exhibition, installed on the floor of the lobby, are not only to be viewed but also to be walked on – in a corporal as well as metaphorical sense. S2S talked to Eva Koethen about the concept behind her current work, her home town Berlin, her frequent visits to New York and the changes she has witnessed throughout the years in both cities.

S2S: You are known for your Tritt-Bilder (Step-on pictures). You have stated that in your work “the field of potentiality at the feet of the beholder is no longer limited to visual observation but the images have to be walked on and across.“
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Berlin Bear nibbles on Big Apple

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Islands50! – Happy Birthday Literary Colloquium Berlin


The Literary Colloquium Berlin celebrated its 50th anniversary in New York on September 28 and 29, 2013. The panel event Shining Island, hosted by the Goethe Institut New York, brought esteemed German authors such as Marcel Beyer, Durs Grünbein, Felicitas Hoppe, and Uljana Wolf to New York. “How American is It?” asked the first panel but translator Susan Bernofksy, Beyer, and Grünbein shifted the topic towards the question how American literature and culture influenced German authors in general (a great deal) and which German authors are more celebrated abroad than at home (W.G. Sebald, Rainer Maria Rilke). While the event was off to a good start, the panel did not specifically discuss Berlin as one might expect in a panel on the “Past, Present, and Future Berlin.”

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Dumbo Arts Festival: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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dumbo-arts-fest-2009-40-313x470This past weekend was the third installment of the Dumbo Arts Festival, showcasing over 400 artists, 50 plus galleries and at least 100 studios. The Festival might have been bigger than ever but unfortunately not better. Well, what do we expect from a spectacle that draws masses of people who ultimately are there for consumption and entertainment. Nevertheless, Station to Station‘s Jamie Kulhanek and Susanne Boswell ventured out to discover a full range of artistic productions, from the trivial and rather mundane to the unexpected and even sublime. Here are our choices for the three categories.

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PowerSuit to the People

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“We make garments that inspire and activate the wearer to go beyond the daily grind.”

Fashion week is still upon us in NYC, but the hyper-commercialized branding fest nowadays referred to as “Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week” at Lincoln Center is none of our concern. Instead S2S ventured out to see artist’s Aliya Bonar‘s art performance and pop-up store PowerSuits Boutique. We’re not talking about those tacky 1980s shoulder pads here but hand-made garments and  even objects.

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Dexter Wimberly lives in Brooklyn Baby!

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 “I am a huge champion of Brooklyn. It’s my hometown. Though I have been fortunate enough to travel the world, I have always had one foot firmly planted in Kings County.   I am Brooklyn through and through…. strange, but true.”

Contemporary art curator and entrepreneur, Dexter Wimberly, was born and raised in Brooklyn. Curatorially, Wimberly focuses on contemporary urban history: “I love art that reflects our times, and I am excited to be in the position to work with artists who are shaping contemporary culture and bringing the beauty of under-exposed aspects of modern life to a greater public. I feel that this is my calling within the arts.” A passionate collector and supporter of the arts, Wimberly has personally exhibited the work of nearly 100 individual artists. S2S talked to Wimberly about the hood that defines him, his recent exhibitions and what tips he has for emerging artists and curators.

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S2S NYC Launch Party

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LaunchHard to believe, our launch parties in NYC and Berlin are already more than a week ago!

We are still recovering from all the hustle and bustle. Our team here in NYC and  in Berlin did an incredible job. I want to especially thank Stefanie Tendler, S2S’s Editor-in-Chief in Berlin for bringing it all together across the Atlantic. You can read about the Berlin launch party in the column next to this one.

Despite the gloomy weather last Thursday in NYC, which was very reminiscent of Berlin, and the challenging location of the Knockdown Center, many of you came out to celebrate with us. Thank you – we had a blast! How much we enjoyed your company, you can see in the video below.

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Truly Transatlantic

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“‘Just do it’ and be prepared to do anything and everything and dive into the city.”

Cassis Birgit Staudt, is a German singer, songwriter and composer. She studied music in Germany and at Juilliard University in New York City. Working for director Jim Jarmusch brought her to New York City. She won a Golden Palm at the Cannes International Film Festival for being one of the producers of the Iggy Pop and Tom Waits segment ‘Coffee and Cigarettes.’ For several years she has called Berlin and New York her home. S2S talked with Cassis about the many hats she wears and the two cities that have captured her heart.

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KDC

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You have probably never heard of Maspeth, Queens. It’s an industrial area that borders on Bushwick, not too far from the Jefferson L Stop. And we really shouldn’t tell you about this, but we can’t help wanting to turn people on to this amazing place called the Knockdown Center. If you have been to Berlin in the past, you are familiar with old, decrepit buildings that have been turned into art centers (think Tacheles) or clubs (the original Tresor), but the situation here in NYC is way different. Real estate in this town has always been traded like gold. Having a vast space like the 50,000 square feet former glass and door factory at your disposal to indulge your creative spirits is a curator’s surreal wet dream coming true.  A while back, S2S interviewed the curatorial team, Michael Merck, Kate Watson and Tyler Myers about the beginning and future of the KDC. The most recent events that took place at the Knockdown Center were Memory Place, a sound art show curated by Kate Watson, Red Bull Music Academy’s Drone Activity in Progress and Tiki Disco.

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Street Savvy

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“Fashion is an expression of a life-style – your clothes and what you wear should reflect your everyday activities and interests – for us it’s painting – that’s what we love to do – if you are a chef maybe you should have food stains…”

If you have been to an art opening in Soho lately, chances are you have encountered Marcus and Sidi, the creative forces behind the new fashion label CLR THERAPY. Very charismatic guys who not only get a lot of attention for their good looks but the fact that their clothes are covered head to toe in paint like walking canvases. The two ‘Blipsters’ have an aura that evokes an era before the  ‘SoHo Effect’ took place, where South of Houston was still a gritty playground for young artists who could actually afford  to live in huge lofts with natural light, thanks to low rents. Those times are long gone, but Marcus and Sidi, strike one more as contemporaries of Basquiat than Jay-Z.! Somehow they appear to have  time traveled unscathed to the galaxy of gentrified now. S2S talked to Marcus and Sidi about the history and future of CLR THERAPY.

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Who is the BOS?

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An exercise in faith!

Jon Bonito Saturday at BOS

In typical fashion, my invasion of BOS – Bushwick’s Open Studios Event was an exercise in faith; a man with a plan without an agenda. I stumbled into this one studio on Wyckoff Ave and entered into this building full of graffiti, tags, and random phrases.  Following the sign to the fourth floor we were greeted by a young man who simply introduced himself as Strauss and were directed to follow him through a maze of a studio into a back room where an area was sectioned off in a black tarp.  Inviting us to step in, an assault of dub-step began playing and a wide-screen illuminated.

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Haargenaue Short Cuts

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 “Whole New York cramped in one basement.”

Nicolaus Schmidt is a German artist, photographer and historian.  He studied at the Hamburg Art Academy (HfBK) in the 1970s. In 1975, he founded ROSA, one of Germany’s first gay-themed magazines. During the 1980s, he was a volunteer with the German branch of the children’s rights organization Terre des Hommes, serving for a time as its chairman. Since 1991, he has been living and making art in the Berlin neighborhood of Prenzlauer Berg. Station to Station talked to Schmidt about his latest project Astor Place | Broadway | New York – a photographic portrait of New York City’s most iconic hair salon.

S2S:  Nicolaus, you are a photographer who lives mostly in Berlin but frequently visits New York City. When was your first visit to NYC and what made you want to come back here on a regular basis? How much time do you spend here every year?

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Engineer’s Office: Clandestine Operation

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29860_102122356503550_4430925_nEngineer’s Office Gallery is probably the most clandestine art space in all of New York City: 24 inches wide, 72 inches high and 24.5 inches deep. Truly underground, the gallery is hidden in the basement beneath Rockefeller Plaza – not easy to locate but certainly worth a visit. Eric Booker spoke with Zefrey Throwell, one of the co-directors of the covert space.

S2S: Can you begin by talking a little bit about yourself and your co-curators? How did you come up with the idea of creating a space like Engineer’s Office?

Zefrey Throwell/Engineer’s Office: Engineer’s Office was the collaborative creation of three artists who were working at Haunch of Venison Gallery while it was located in Rockefeller Center in 2009. In order to have artwork photographed it was necessary to walk it down a long hallway in the basement of 20 Rock, beneath Christie’s Auction house. There is a small 6 foot high and 2 foot wide niche in the concrete and after passing this alcove day in and day out, we struck upon claiming it for the powers of good. The underground hallway / segue which connected Christie’s and Haunch of Venison was also additionally interesting in that it seemed to be a sort of gray area or neutral territory which was not specific to either entity and was also accessible to the public via the 47-50th street subway station. It just seemed to be begging for an intervention or re-purposing of sorts.

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A Nigerian American New Yorker in Berlin

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The King of Now!

Last year’s Brooklyn Open Studios organized by the Brooklyn Museum  got some criticism from the New York Times for the crowdsourced exhibition that followed.

We agree that the competitive nature of the event was frivolous.  However, GO Brooklyn made it possible to meet some incredible artists in their studios. One of them is Eto Otitigbe, a polymedia artist who combines sculpture, video, installation, and performance to create illusions, sensitive spaces, and dynamic actions. We talked to Eto about the time he spent in Berlin last summer.

S2S: Eto, you just returned from Berlin where you finished your MFA from the Transart Institute. Can you explain what this program is and talk about your experience in the program in general and in Berlin specifically (i.e. who was your advisor, what was it like to live in Berlin as a New Yorker, etc.)?

Eto Otitigbe:  Transart is an international low residency MFA program.  The faculty and students come from all around the world with a majority from North America and Europe. TI is unique because it brings together a diverse group of art practitioners to one space that doesn’t have a rigid departmental structure.

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Avant-Guard!

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“Just please look past the uniform!”

Mostly silent and stone-faced, blending into their environment security guards are often disregarded by visitors. Yet, historically they are in good company: Jackson Pollock, Sol LeWitt, Robert Mangold, and Mel Bochner, to name just a few, were security guards in museums before their names were added to the canon of art history. Be aware, the person in uniform advising you not to get too close to the art work might someday be an art star. Not surprisingly, Linda Smith—an artist who is a security guard herself—curated “Guardists,” an exhibition of works by her co-workers at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Since security guards generally only speak when spoken to, S2S interviewed Senior B. and Camisha B. to hear first hand about the trials and tribulations of a SG or “rent-a-cop.”

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Viva la Bodega

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Loosey vs. Slurpee

If you have been to downtown Manhattan recently you have probably seen NYC’s latest tenant: 7-Eleven. They’re popping up all over, and Slurpee lovers everywhere are getting excited. At a time where Bloomberg is banning large size sugar drinks, legislation that 7/11 is excluded from, it’s pretty peculiar to see the S’leven’s eyecatching logo populate the city streets. At least 134 stores are planned for Manhattan by 2017 – like an oncoming swarm of locusts, and an imminent sign of things to come.  In other words, does this mean the end of the neighborhood bodega?

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Stand & Deliver

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“Always remember, discretion is key.”

It’s no surprise to anyone who lives in NYC that you can have pretty much anything and everything delivered.  From pizza to groceries and other daily necessities, you can cut your shopping time out and just make a simple call to get what you want.  They even have entire websites and apps that deal specifically with having goods delivered to your doorstep.  Why not?  Who has time to actually go out to the store and get things.  Now, what some of you may not know is that there is a booming industry in NYC that deals specifically with delivering cannabis to your doorstep.  No shady meet-ups on the corner, or trolling your neighborhood for someone who is selling this controversial plant, but a simple number to call and a couple of hours later you have 2 grams of cannabis in your hands and ready to smoke.  Obviously, these groups operate outside of the law and the legality of the whole operation isn’t really in question.  The curious thing is that these groups are highly organized and refer to their game as business, all with stories to tell. Jon Benito got the ins-and-outs of this specialized career.

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New York Style Stories

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NYStyleStories (1)New York Style Stories is a series of short documentary portraits by Maaike Holvast. The different episodes portray New Yorkers with outspoken style and document not only their vivid visual expressions, but also the personalities that motivate such display.  These short pieces – which focus on people who are trying to define and express their individuality in the anonymity of New York City – constitutes the first chapter in the filmmakers’ ongoing fascination for visual identity and its underlying psychological mechanisms.  

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Apocalyptic Apparel

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(Gas_mask_training,_Naval_Training_Center,_San_Diego,_California.)_-_NARA_-_295589In case you missed it –

the world is coming to an end…      

That’s right! The future is here and yesterday is over. Think about it. The middle class is dying, nobody is working, and if they are, they’re making a fraction of what they did make. The rich are getting richer and living in even more luxury than ever before. Small business is on its way out, and corporate is stronger than ever. Politicians are lying and they’re not even apologizing or trying to hide it anymore. Wars are being waged on several fronts, and somehow they just seem less legitimate than Vietnam, but even more surprising – nobody cares! So you heard it here first. The apocalypse is now! Just look around you and you will see it. It lives in today, and it started yesterday.  Now live it. Live for today because who knows how bad it will get tomorrow.  Y.O.L.O.? Put it down, and bring it back to Carpe Diem.

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City Reliquary

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It all started in 2002 as an apartment window display on Havemeyer Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Since then, Dave Herman has turned a few local objects into a non-profit museum dedicated to relics of the five boroughs. Focusing on displaying local history through a multitudinous collection, the City Reliquary is best described as a mix of your grandparents’ basement and a natural history museum. Brimming with paraphernalia, dioramas, and geological specimens, City Reliquary is a peculiar stop for submerging oneself in New York’s eclectic history.

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Put the Laughter back in Slaughter

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Cluck-Cluck…Brawkk-AWK!

One would think that living next door to a chicken slaughterhouse in Brooklyn means you’re practically on skid row – light years from the next gentrified, bourgie-hipster camp. Wrong! In the heart of trendy Greenpoint, a condominium building turned rental went up right next to a long-standing temple of poultriatic doom. Tenants shell out $2500 a month to get an earful of constant squawking combined with the persistent stench of death of the expiring yellow-bellies. The residents morbidly refer to the situation as ‘fowl play.’ But their protest against the 1928 killing factory has finally been successful, offering a new space for comedic relief.
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Berlin Street Music

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Berlin Street MusicStreet music is continuously facing regulations all around the world and unfortunately Berlin is no exception. Often due to poor transparency and enforcement of unclear busking regulations, there is a need to make a change in order to preserve an active cultural scene that takes its vibrancy from the streets!

Berlin Street Music is an advocacy group set up supporting Street Art – in particular Street Music in Berlin. Their attempt is to unite musicians, the public, policy makers, advocates, businesses, lobby groups, and anyone else involved in creating a thriving, culturally rich, and economically sustainable street art scene.

S2S met up with Geordie Little, Bennet Cerven and Stefanie Tendler who are the founders of the initiative Berlin Street Music to speak about what it takes to keep busking alive in Berlin.

S2S: How did the idea for Berlin Street Music come to life?
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A Royal Wedding with Herz & Leber

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Herz&Leber_Licht_BlinderChance and coincidence brought the collective “Herz & Leber” – which translates to – Heart and Liver together. It was during one of the legendary “Wild Wedding” parties at Brunnen70, where they spontaneously created a dance party –  striking their audience in awe. Based on this unique experience the two founders decided to create a series of parties  that would hold a surprise for their audience with each event they put together. They are known for engaging every single crew member and to amaze with their performances. S2S met up with Benny aka Bensøn Tack to portray the development of his crew.

 S2S: Herz & Leber- Heart & Liver? Who came up with the name for your crew and what does it mean to you?

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Anything & Everything about Mike Richards

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Profile picMusician Mike Richards, a true Welsh original, set up home in Berlin after 20 years of touring the UK and Holland. Forming his band after 3 months of arriving with Rowan Smy – guitarist and producer of Tricone Studios, Mirko Schmitt – drummer, drum teacher and session drummer from Berlin and Aries Guinto, bass guitarist and sound engineer from the Philippines. The band recorded and released their debut CD Anything & Everything in 2012, a compilation of songs written by Mike over a number of years, then produced and arranged with the help of the rest of the band.  S2S met up with Mike to find out what led him to settle in Berlin.

S2S: The Black Flag in London referred to your music as “laid back Blues Rock.” How would you personally describe your music and what development has it passed through?

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Berlin Music Video Awards

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MusicVideoAwardThe 2nd Berlin Music Video Awards were held on May 28th – May 31st at Platoon Kunsthalle in Berlin Mitte. S2S talked to Aviel Silook and Konstantin Dellos, founder and PR manager of the annual festival that puts filmmakers and the art of music videos in the spotlight. 

S2S: What made you believe that Berlin needed a platform and annual event evolving around music videos? How did you develop your idea?

Aviel: I love music videos and it was a pity for me that this art form lost it’s glory…I didn’t know if Berlin needs it or not, I just did what I wanted to do, regardless of the market’s needs.

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MEYSTERSINGER: Searching for Truth

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4lndb_meystersingerThe Berlin Group Meystersinger (which translates as Master Singers) recently released their new album Haifischweide. Fans of Meystersinger’s Roman Shamov and Luci van Org can look forward to a good dose of comforting techno and heartfelt lyrics, presented live at WABE – the cultural institution in Pankow. Station to Station met up with the two Meystersinger to talk not only about their inspirations and style but also about their archeological process in creating songs that contain meaningful messages.

S2S: How did Meystersinger come about?

Luci: The first time we met was because of an ensuing wedding between two of our common female friends. For this occasion we formed a wedding choir. So, Roman showed up right in the center of my living room. It was almost like “love at first sight. ” We didn’t hesitate very long,  as we immediately started singing and liking each other right away.

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Vagabond Maxim Vaga

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Maxim Vaga, a true Berlin original, creates a modern take on blues which allows your mind to dip deep into the history of ghostly shanties of barge haulers of the Volga river. This Friday June 20th 2014, Maxim Vaga will perform at the St. Georg in Kreuzberg. S2S met up with the musician who is inspired by great lyrical word jugglers like Poe, Kafka, Orson Welles and Knut Hamsun.

S2S: Why did you choose ‘vaga’ as your artist name?

Maxim Vaga: Well, there are several reasons.  The most obvious reason of course is the connection to ‘vagabond’, but also the word ‘vague’ – which for me has a positive as well as a negative connotation, in the sense that indecisiveness can sometimes create a balance.  After I wrote the song, ‘Hunger’, I read a book by John Fante, in which the main character was reading a novel called Hunger. I read this novel after. It fit surprisingly well to the song I had just written. I did some research about the author, Knut Hamsun, and found out that he was from a Norwegian area called Vaga. It was a chain of coincidences that made me keep the name.

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Bisque Rage: Video going berserk

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Bisque Rage Vol.6 Berlin is an all-day Berserk video challenge on June 14th that plans to gather 150 berserk filmmakers from all around Europe to shoot and make some original, creative and experimental moving content in just 9 hours. 

After a big success in Sweden, Korea, Switzerland, France and Denmark it was about time to take the sixth challenge to Berlin. Leo Marthaler is one of the organizers. Stephanie Tendler got the load-down.

S2S: If you could participate this Saturday what would the theme of your film be? 

Leo Marthaler: BB (The Barefoot Basterds) – It would definitely involve explosions, Currywurst and machetes, and it would be a love story, I like that … A man meets a girl and explosions. Kind of like Lola Rennt.

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Wash United: May 28th is Menstrual Hygiene Day

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MHDay_BOXOn May 28th, the first global Menstrual Hygiene Day will ‘break the bloody taboo’ and open up the conversation about menstruation. With more than 130 international and local organizations on board, people are coming together to raise awareness about the fundamental role that menstrual hygiene management plays in enabling women and girls to reach their full potential.

S2S spoke to Danielle Keiser from WASH United, the Berlin-based initiator and award-winning international social impact organization that uses the power of sports superstars, interactive games and positive communications to change attitudes and behaviors around sanitation and hygiene at scale. 

S2S: How did the idea to have a Menstrual Hygiene Day come to life? How did your organization become aware of the problems related to menstrual hygiene?
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Ken Parsons: Singer, Poet, Cabaret Artist

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Ken Parsons (1)Time Out refers to him as ‘The Maestro of the Underground.’ For over 30 years, the multi-talented Ken Parsons has been active in Berlin’s, as well as, Europe’s underground scene. 

S2S met the singer, poet, cabaret artist and Celtic harp playing musician who was a member of the cult group Who’s Rachel? which was based at Tacheles in Berlin from 1987-95. Recently, Ken recorded a new cd with the producer Sarah Brightman.  

S2S: You have encountered Berlin before and after the wall came down. Are there unique experiences that stand out in your memory?

Ken Parsons: Massive question. In short: before the wall came down and in the early 90’s it was more edgy, punky and had a huge squat scene in Mitte and P-Berg. It was like San Franciso in 67. Endless festival. Magic. These days it has got the ‘place to be’ label stuck to it. True but ‘trendification’ can be as bad as gentrification.

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Bartenders Berlin

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1922957_708470835839976_968107174_n-2-600x600Bartenders Berlin is a collective of bartenders and baristas with double lives as artists who exhibit their art related projects outside of their normal working environment.

S2S spoke to Clara Fohrbeck one of the founders of the project who developed the idea, due to the fact that she herself used to work behind the Bar of betahaus Berlin.

S2S: How did you come up with the idea for bartenders? Was there any special experience you had working behind the bar of betahaus?

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Esther Perbandt: Berliner Schnauze with Style

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With her unique look and “Berliner Schnauze,” fashion designer Esther Perbandt is anything but ordinary. Her androgynous silhouettes are blurred with deconstructed details, referencing  classical menswear.  S2S met up with the Berlin designer who was born and raised in Berlin and stays true to her individual style, no matter what the rest of the fashion world might say. 

S2S: You state that you were already fascinated by fashion at an early age. When did you get to the point of actually transforming that passion into your personal career,  your vision?

Esther Perbandt: I made up my mind at the age of 12. I grew up without TV. Instead there was a huge treasure chest with dress up clothes. So, already as a kid I was mesmerized by adopting different identities. Some even would say that it was boring to play Barbie with me, as I was more interested in undressing and redressing them, rather than constructing a proper plot.

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Stefano Bosis’ Captured Nature

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Fellini Flyer“There are things known and there are things unknown and in between those are the doors of perception,” Aldous Huxley famously stated.

On April 24th Fellini Gallery is opening the exhibition “Captured Nature.” The theme of the show focuses on each individual’s critical perspective arising from and reflecting on the experience of natural surroundings. William Blake observed: “If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.” The works selected for this exhibition demonstrate the artist as active perceiver, entwined in a role played by the body as catalyst for perception. The reflections of self entail a totality not merely about that which is inside the skin, but an integrated total environment. “If we don’t experience ourselves in this way, we mistreat our environment. We treat it as an enemy. We try to beat it into submission, and if we do that comes disaster,” already warned Alan Watts. The visitors of the exhibition are invited to decide these questions for themselves.

S2S met up with Stefano Bosis who is one of the seven contemporary artists exhibiting his work within the exhibition “Captured Nature.”

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Strangers by Day

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On April 24th Notes from Underground will once again let the cellar walls of St.Georg shake. The setting with the old murals in the heart of Kreuzberg is an insider tip apart from the brilliant luster and hipsterchic. Follow the sounds rising from the underground that will lead you down into the former wine cellar.

Martin Goett one of Heidelberg’s most talented singer song writers will open the night, touching the hearts of his audience with his gravelly voice. Followed by the international brass-toting, Berlin based band Strangers by Day. Drawing on influences from 50’s and 60’s rock ‘n’ roll with raw vocals and incorporating smooth harmonies from the doo-wop and soul groups of the same era, Strangers by Day deliver original tunes with a gritty vintage vibe. Join them for a night that will end with the finest vinyl tunes from the newborn label finowzoo.

S2S was in Interview with Angela Cory and Uri Mohilever from the band Strangers by Day.

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Same Same but different

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Same Same but differentThe SilverWings at the airport terminal Tempelhof is one of the oldest clubs in Berlin and has an unparalleled history. After World War II, the American Air Force used the airport as a military base (Berliner Luftbrücke). During the Cold War, Soul- and Country Musicians such as Johnny Cash played in the rooms of the “Club Silver Wings”, as it was then called, then serving cheeseburgers with French Fries. This way the American G.I.s brought their homely lifestyle to Berlin and had an impact on the scene and culture of the capital. This unique atmosphere today is host to numerous parties and events.

Different!!! Is the theme of this Easter Sunday at the former US Army Officer’s Club.

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Fashion Circus BERLIN

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Fashion CircusThis weekend, from March 21st-22nd the former department store “Kaufhaus Jandorf” will open its doors to Fashion Circus BERLIN – a fashion and design festival with runway shows, exhibitions, a large designer market, as well as delicious food provided by Bite Club. In its third installment, Live Networking Fashion & Art (LNFA) and Montagsmarkt, a platform for young designers, creatives and collectors, collaborate on Fashion Circus BERLINS2S spoke to Valeria Klapproth of Montagsmarkt, one of the initiators of this year’s event to get some insights on Fashion Circus.

S2S: How did the idea for Fashion Circus Berlin come to life and how does this event compare to the atmosphere at a circus?

Valeria Klapproth: Katja Weber of “Montagsmarkt” (with Vania Kukleta) and I met some time ago in Berlin. Together, we made the decision to transfer the market concept which originated in Switzerland where I am from, to Berlin. Some weeks ago LNFA approached us, asking if we were interested in organizing a designer market with them.

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WOMAN.MADE

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Close-Up2Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication, which is inherently found in the elegant minimalist style of WOMAN.MADE – a collection of hand-made jewelry created from raw materials. S2S talked to Stephanie Johne, the creator of WOMAN.MADE who calls the world of fashion, music, art and interior design her experimental playground.  

S2S: Three years ago, in 2011, WOMAN.MADE was born. What was your initial inspiration for your project?

Stephanie Johne, WOMAN.MADE: I was just about to finish my studies in art history at the time, writing my thesis about Jean-Michel Basquiat who greatly inspired me. I knew that this was the beginning of a new era for me,  and at the same time, it was like a breakup with my previous life. Since Basquiat accompanied me for such a long time, I kind of felt like I was about to lose a good old friend. I wanted to keep his spirit and all the ideas that popped up while reading about him alive. That was the moment when I decided to found WOMAN.MADE – dedicated to Basquiat’s former T-shirt brand with the name man.made. However, he was not well-known for this – actually, I remember this aspect was only briefly mentioned in his biography – but the name stuck and the idea to create my own label was born.

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Streets of Berlin

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Streets of BerlinNew Yorkers are often envious of the spacious and relatively affordable apartments many people in Berlin can call their home. But not all of its inhabitants are fortunate enough to have a roof over their heads. Streets of Berlin is a video platform, which focuses on poverty and homelessness. The page was founded by Omid Mirnour, a 22 year old from Aachen who came to Berlin in April 2012 to study Media Management. Mirnour noticed very quickly that Berlin has a much higher density of homeless people than other cities. In fact, the prominence of people living on the street is so drastic that it seems to have a desensitizing effect on the rest of Berlin’s residents. Many Berliners easily overlook and ignore others  in need. Mirnour wants to change that. 

S2S: What is your personal motivation for Streets of Berlin?

Omid Mirnour: I started to ask myself with every encounter I had how this person was put into this situation? What has to happen so that you become homeless? Did every single person living in the street have to endure a stroke of fate? How do you live as a homeless person and what happens to you on an everyday basis? All these questions built the foundation for this project. So one day, I rented a camera and asked homeless people if they would be up to telling me something about their lives. The first stories that I heard startled and fascinated me so much that I wanted to hear more from the streets of Berlin. This is how the project slowly started coming to life.

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Notes from Underground

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EventThe mission of S2S is to encourage the flow of creative energy and to bring people who are kindred spirits together for collaborations. With that in mind, The Trouble Notes, Hashart, and a bunch of other amazing folks will all come together for “Notes from Underground” at one of our favorite venues – St.Georg.

Follow the sound that will lead you to the depths of St.GEORG. Instead of stumbling into Ritter Butzke take the stairs that lead you down to a cellar with raw walls, graffiti art and an edgy vibe, which will be the setting for “Notes from Underground” this Friday.

Not for the sake of wanting to be different, but because it is  boring when same and same alike mingle, we are inviting you to an unusual collaboration – a collection of the finest tunes presented by musicians that have come together from the streets of New York City and Berlin.

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Welcome to David and Galstaun Studio

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FashionshowAre you looking for a cool location for a photo shoot, a fashion show or an exhibition?  Your search is over. David & Galstaun Studio is Berlin’s premier photography studio and exhibition showroom, owned by Matthias David and Simone Galstaun. Located in a stylish loft in the heart of Prenzlauerberg’s Kastanienallee, David & Galstaun Studio offers a sprawling space of over  220 square meters that can be rented for your productions.

Station to Station met up with Simone Galstaun to take a peek behind the scenes and find out what drove David and Galstaun to create this amazing studio space that most recently hosted the fashion showcase for the label Birke van Maartens and was the setting for an exciting event within the Berlinale 2014 last Saturday.

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Berlinale 2014

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BerlinaleI was asked to review one of the films I have recently seen at the Berlin Film Festival Berlinale 2014 by my dear friend Stefanie Tendler. At first, I was not sure which one I should pick, but leaving the Friedrichstadtpalast on Saturday with a feeling of grief, my gut feeling told me “Jack was going to be just the right kind of film to tell you about.

A German production set in Berlin seemed perfect for S2S and most definitely stands for that kind of quality and beauty of German film that will hopefully make it across the German borders. If you are familiar with Berlin, you may recognize some of the places shown in “Jack.”  However, as joyful as it may be to see your city as the setting of a film, the story told could have happened anywhere. Jack, our protagonist is around 10 years old and takes care of his younger brother Manuel. His mother is loving and caring when she actually spends time with her children, but often too busy and generally overwhelmed, she is not dedicating enough time to them. She places the burden of all responsibilities on the shoulders of her oldest son.

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delirious Dinge at Krome Gallery Berlin

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AndreaPichlAndrea Pichl’s exhibition delirious Dinge remains at Krome Gallery Berlin until the 8th of February. If you are a lover of contextual urbanism, it is definitely not to be missed !

Krome Gallery Berlin is located on the bustling Potsdamerstraße, not so far from the eponymously-named, gargantuan Potsdamer Platz, known to Berlin visitors the world over.

The location is rather apt, considering artist Andrea Pichl’s foray into the urbane with her current exhibition, delirious Dinge, being featured at the gallery.  One of the first things that strikes you when entering the exhibition, is the amassed collection of corrugated stone, sheets of plywood and various plaster constructions that would not seem too out-of-place in an everyday hardware store; or even a street corner, home to plants, or fencing off some form of space.  The deliberate nod to the questioning of an object’s place in space and time is cunningly created by the formation of new and unique structures – distant from their original, conceptive role upon manufacture.

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Nachbarschafts Bass

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Nachbarschafts Bass at st.GEORGE in Kreuzberg!

As a DJ collective they go by the name Bass Gang. Creating a gateway between Hip Hop, Ghetto Style and electronic influences, their main intention is to create a new sound, differing from the standard Hip Hop tunes. Their music perfectly matches the urban edge of Berlin.

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Notes of Berlin: A Mirror of the City

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lionelYou spotted an incredibly strange flyer that you absolutely had to photograph and share on Facebook with your friends. You thought, wouldn’t it be great if an entire website would be dedicated to these postings. Guess what.

Notes of Berlin is exactly that. The incredibly funny, participatory blog is an homage to all the notifications that can be found daily all over Berlin. Stefanie Tendler chatted with its initiator Joab Nist. 

S2S: In October 2010 you launched „Notes of Berlin,“ how did the idea for the blog evolve?

Joab Nist/Notes of Berlin: The idea came to life in Berlin. In 2004, I moved from Munich to Berlin, because of the city, not because I was accepted to University or due to a job offer.  I was impressed by everything Berlin had to offer, even just riding on the subway. Everything was the polar opposite to Munich and since I always have had a passion for photography, I never left my house without my camera and came to Berlin with the intention to take a lot of pictures. I stayed alert when I walked around the city, stepping into corridors to get some insight, inspecting every place I encountered very intensively.

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Birke van Maartens’ Debut

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Birke van MaartensMade from a selection of handpicked, high quality fabrics, the young label BIRKE VAN MAARTENS creates fashion with timeless elegance, fused with folding techniques and embellished styles. The first collection which will be launched at Berlin Fashion Week in January 2014, plays on antonyms of purity. We met up with Birke van Maartens to reveal some of the secrets behind her label.

S2S: You get your inspiration from Origami, the Japanese traditional art of paper-folding. How does Japanese culture inspire you, what do you like about this unique folding technique and how does it affect your designs?

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Elise Ballegeer: Ethically Minded Fashion

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FIER management launches FIER vitrine during Berlin Fashion Week AW14/15. A curated selection of emerging avant-garde and contemporary fashion and accessories designers will present their collections at this year’s new fashion show organized by FIER management. Elise Ballegeer, a New Yorker designer based in Berlin will be part of the exciting event, introducing her latest fashion collection.

S2S: In 2009 you decided to leave the Big Apple to come to the German metropolis with the famous TV tower to realize your vision of a personal fashion label Elise Ballegeer. You impressed the fashion cognoscenti with your two collections at the fashion week last summer and were rewarded with success. What made you leave New York City and come to Berlin?

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Musica Sequenza

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Musica SequenzaBased in Berlin, the esteemed baroque ensemble Musica Sequenza was founded in New York City by conductor/bassoon virtuoso Burak Ōzdemir in 2008.

Burak Ōzdemir believes that contemporary society has lost enthusiasm and “become foreign to the poetry of love.” Musica Sequenza rediscovered the Seicento, a period in Italian history and culture which occurred during the 17th century. Ōzdemir explains that “especially in Italy this century was devoted to the relinquishing of  god-fearing sentiment. Women were described as diaphanes, love became a storm cloud, their enchanting odor a sweet allurement.”

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James Harris: Trivia

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comedy2He is a very funny man and if you went to our Launch Party this summer at Emerson Gallery Berlin, you have encountered James Harris live and know why. But did you know that Harris is also a very entertaining fiction writer? Here is his latest story called Trivia.

Nobody knew how he did it.  We had been watching intently for months, our eyes spotlighting him from the aisles of the cellar, as he performed his act.  Even when we elected not to watch he would appear upstairs, where we were waiting, with such a grin that we knew immediately he had pulled it off, or rather out, again.  Nobody knew how he did it.

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Hashtag Hashart

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HashartOriginally Till Leinen and Jonathan Schmalöer wanted to realize diverse projects without a commercial attempt. They sprayed walls with digitally constructed designs, created Christmas cards and even produced short film clips. 4-5 months ago the idea for a clothing line came to life. The evolvement of the initial idea to the actual end product took some time, as Till and Jonathan only wanted to publish results they were 100 % satisfied with.

On December 1st the two designers launched their online store: Hashart!

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Achtung Stolpersteine

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StolpersteineI am among those who did not notice the Stolpersteine – the stumbling blocks or stones paved  into Berlin’s sidewalks, at the entrances to buildings where Jews and other Others (Roma and Sinti, homosexuals, people with disabilities, communists and other dissidents) used to live prior to their expulsion and extermination between 1933-1945. I’ve heard about them, naturally, but ever since I came to Berlin,  over a year ago, I simply couldn’t trace the Stolpersteine. And then, one day, my younger son stopped and stared at the pavement, and asked, ‘Mom, what’s that?’ And there they were, a few golden stones, remarkably reticent,  the inscription minimal, starting with ‘Here Lived’ followed by name, date of birth, date of expulsion, destination, fate (usually murdered) and date and place of death (if known). ‘Ah!’ I said and stared for a while.

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Im Gegenteil – Single in Berlin

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ImGegenteilFor almost a decade Jule and Anni have been sharing styling tips, gossip and stories about their love lives. Both in their prime (around 30) they are living in Berlin. Anni is married, Jule is single. Anni can write, Jule can take pictures. A dream team on a mission, focused on the lonely hearts of this city that seemed to be in need of a new singles magazine – Im Gegenteil (Au contraire). Their goal is making themselves and others happy!

S2S: How did you come up with your idea for Im Gegenteil?

Jule/Im Gegenteil: We were at a bar in Neukölln on a girl’s night out and we started pondering about how many interesting singles we actually know and how it would be amazing to get them all into one room. We reached a point where we realized that the issue of most of the singles was meeting the right person in Berlin. I personally can also relate to this matter and Anni has tried hooking me up many times already.

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Abigail Dyer: A Soprano in Berlin

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Abigail Dyer 1Abigail Dyer, a dramatic soprano born in West Orange, New Jersey, is part of this year’s “30 Tage Kunst,” a cultural series in Berlin launched by the actor Hans Brückner in the year of 2009. This year it will be hosted by the orangelab located at Ernst-Reuter-Platz. Artists and people interested in art have the entire month of November to watch and enjoy a variety of different acts and performances. Stefanie Tendler of S2S met up with Abigail  Dyer to discuss her passion for Wagner, the city of Berlin and a fortunate meeting that had an influence on the development of her early career.

S2S: You trained as an actress in Adler Technique, as well as a singer in Berlin. Has there been a tight connection between you and this city ever since?

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The Trouble Notes get around

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The Trouble Notes1It all started one fateful summer night along the east river in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, when violinist Bennet “The English” Cerven was playing a loft party overlooking the Manhattan skyline. Fellow musician  B-Zy Brain spontaneously joined him in an impromptu jam session. They found their third member, drummer Olli/Oliver Maguire, on the road and became The Trouble Notes. After New York City, London, Dublin and Prague, The Trouble Notes’ whirlwind tour finally led them to the streets of Berlin. Stefanie Tendler struck up a conversation with Bennet Cerven and The Trouble Notes when she discovered the trio playing at Warschauer Strasse the other night.

S2S: What meaning does street music have in your life as a band?

The Trouble Notes: There is no better way to show people what you do than to stand on a corner (or under a bridge!), pop open a case and just play.
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Inge Mahn is going strong

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Inge MahnPracticing artist, emeritus professor of sculpture at Kunsthochschule Weißensee, and most recently founder of  The StallmuseumInge Mahn turns 70 this autumn. To mark the event, how does this prolific creative force choose to celebrate? With an exhibition, of course!

Inge Mahn’s fourth solo exhibition at Emerson Gallery Berlin, entitled “Canon” serves as  a comprehensive retrospective of four decades of her artistic output. Unbroken by walls and doors, the airy single exhibition hall of Emerson Gallery Berlin, on the banks of the river Spree provides ample space for long unseen works of art to appear in a discourse with new pieces created specifically for this retrospective. Stefanie Tendler talked to Inge Mahn and gallerist Russell Radzinski.

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A Berlin Calling

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“What has always made Berlin such an interesting place are the many different characters that come and go as well as the the fact that this city is always changing.”

Being a relative newcomer to Berlin, Katerina  Oikonomakou found an interesting way to explore the city and meet its colorful people. She started an online magazine called Berlin Interviews which is all about talking to strangers who happen to be artists and thinkers whose work she finds stimulating. But Katerina is no stranger to journalism, she is editor-at-large for the online fashion magazine ladies & gents, as well as a contributor to the Greek monthly “the books’ journal.” S2S wanted to find out more about Berlin Interviews and what brought Katerina from Athens to Berlin.

S2S:  Katerina, you are usually the one who asks the questions – how does it feel to be the interviewee vs. the interviewer?

KO:  A little strange. I’m tempted to put some questions marks here and there!

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Kunst Non-Stop

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“You have to take your time and wait for the right moment to come.

Don’t push and shove too much.
  Patience is the key to success!”   Hans Brückner

November is a dreary month – especially in Berlin! But at least Berliners can look forward to an exciting program of visual and performance art every single evening this coming month. Musicians, authors, actors and visual artists will entertain and amaze the audience with a truly exceptional program during 30 Tage Kunst (30 days of Art) at the orangelab. Station to Station met up with the actor and initiator of 30 Tage Kunst, Hans Brückner. 

You don’t notice the orangelab when you come up the stairs from the subway tunnel. Located on West Berlin’s Ernst-Reuter-Platz 2, a traffic circle close to the Technical University Berlin, it blends in with the other rather gray buildings amongst where it is situated. This former server room of an IBM office in a landmarked building, doesn’t seem like the ideal spot for Berlin’s art and cultural scene.

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I know you are, but what am I?

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Part 1 of Daniel Brunet’s two-part series Aliens of Extraordinary Abilities places spectators in a dialogue with all manner of Berliners. Or are they ? 

The public representation of Berlin street art offers an uncanny insight into the city’s psyche.  Adorning a non-descript façade, one such provocative scrawl serves as inspiration for English Theatre Berlin ‘s  Daniel Brunet in his documentary theatre piece exploring identity, with the backdrop of an ever undefinable Berlin.

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Soccer Made in Germany

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soccer-made-in-germanyThe name Toby Charles probably doesn’t mean anything to you. And there’s no reason it should. To this nine-year old soccer player in America’s 1970s Heartland, however, Toby Charles was everything.

Toby Charles, you see, was a Welsh broadcaster who, in addition to his regular announcing duties, once a week hosted a public television show called Soccer Made in Germany.

This Emmy-nominated weekly series, produced by German Educational TV and broadcasted only on American public television, featured hour-long edited highlights of games involving West German association football teams and select international and European cup games from UEFA. Toby Charles was the host from the show’s inception in 1976 until he left in 1983.

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Pommes mit Chips

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Jacinta NandiJacinta Nandi has been living in Berlin so long that she actually does that thing where when you get on the U-Bahn you calculate which subway car to get into to ensure that when you disembark you won’t have to walk very far at all in order to get out of the station. WITHOUT THINKING ABOUT IT. Plus, Jacinta Nandi  writes a column called Amok-Mama for the English-language Berlin magazine Exberliner. In 2011 her first audio book Deutsch werden: Why German people love playing frisbee with their nana naked was published by Periplaneta. S2S’s Mike Trupiano chatted with Nandi about all things German, including our own home-brewed racism and what Berliner expression turns her on.

Mike Trupiano:  Where are you from?

Jacinta Nandi: Essex. I always say to Germans that I come from London coz they’ve never heard of Essex. Some people think I’m ashamed of being from Essex. I don’t think I am. I quite like it. I am a typical Essex girl – sex-mad, loud-mouthed and opinionated.

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TakepART

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“Seeing and buying is one thing, TakepART is another.”

Today is the first day of the PREVIEW BERLIN ART FAIR. In its ninth year of existence,  the fair will present galleries from Berlin and the international art circuit. Always held at interesting locations, this year the fair takes place in the former painters’ halls of the opera workshop in Zinnowitzer Strasse.

Art works at fairs are often more decorative than conceptual in nature. Frieda Bellmann picked one project shown at PREVIEW that is visually and conceptually engaging.

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His DDR T-Shirt

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“Everyone assumes that life in the GDR was bleak, grey and utterly depressing. But I could show you parts of my hometown Manchester that look exactly the same.”

If you have ever been to a tourist attraction in Berlin you most likely have encountered  the numerous peddlers of souvenirs from the former German Democratic Republic (GDR). Anything from miniature Lenin busts to the ubiquitous hammer and sickle flags can be had for a couple of Euros. For most of us, these objects are merely remnants of a lost Empire we have only heard about.   When filmmaker Ian Hawkins first purchased a GDR t-shirt he felt compelled to learn more about how life really was on the other side of wall.

Mike Trupiano: You made a doc which I thought was great called My DDR T-Shirt. Why did you make it? What was it about?

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Ashley Jones-Close-Up & Personal

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ashleydashley-Kopie1Ashley Jones zooms in on people and art.  She is always looking for the perfect moment, completely immersed in the production of the photographs and always in synch with her subjects.

Two very different cultures are part of her identity, with a Dad from Ghana and a Mom from the northern part of Germany called East Frisia. She grew up in Mönchengladbach in a very sheltered home, raised by her Mom and has followed a rather straight path in life, confidently taking one step at a time. The real fun started after she graduated from University – the excitement of freedom and self-fulfillment.

S2S met with Ashley to find out more about her life in front of the camera as well as her passion for being behind it.

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Hot in Berlin

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PurPurinsight-dpi72-KLEIN„Unceasingly it is all about the sex”

“Unaufhörlich dreht sich alles um den Sex“

Purpur in  German (‘purpure’ in English) – or crimson is the description of a color between red and blue. Trying to define purple you will have your difficulties as the color chart range ends where the spectrum of ultraviolet and infrared intersects – on the edge of conspicuousness. Using a multitude of associations, nuances and facets 13 designer and artists from Berlin, Sana’a and New York display their work in the exhibition PurPur that positions itself in the area of conflict between sex, identity and society.

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S2S Berlin Launch Party

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Fun“Raise your gaze and you will see no borders”

that’s a Japanese expression that aptly describes the last few months. Somehow, over a very short timespan, a very eclectic group of people coalesced to partake in the idea of ‘crossing borders.’ In the case of Station to Station, the transatlantic cultural magazine, those borders are the Atlantic Ocean, a time difference of six hours and vastly different cultural perspectives.

So, it was that on July 26th, on a warm summer evening, that we gathered by the River Spree to publicly celebrate the launch of Station to Station. And, thanks to Russell Radzinski who hosted us at his Emerson Gallery Berlin, that celebration was a memorable one. The atmosphere was relaxed, the presenters were energized and the audience was enthusiastic.

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Sound Manipulator

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“I prefer to consider electronic club-music as a unique thing. And this means to me no idols, no icons, and no heroes.”

Matteo Bovio, also known as Qubo is a DJ and Producer, born in Varese, Italy in 1983. When he was eight years old he began to play the piano. From then on his passion for music kept growing and he became familiar with the guitar and bass. But his passion for music didn’t stop with instruments…

S2S met up with Matteo Bovio to find out how he discovered his true love – electronic music.

S2S: Do you have a special memory regarding your first encounter with electronic music?

MB: I consider myself lucky because ever since I was very little, I’ve been surrounded by true music lovers. If I think of the people who have influenced my musical culture, the first thing that strikes my mind, is that all of them shared one thing: an open attitude.
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You had me at ‘Hallo’

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Deutsch photoMy love/hate relationship with the Deutsche Sprache!   

Hey. Can I talk to you? Sit down. Fine.  Stand.

Look, we’ve had our differences lately – a lot of differences – and I need to tell you…I’ve been seeing other languages. Don’t yell, please. You’re always so harsh. This is hard enough. I don’t know how it happened. How do these things ever happen? I was bored. I was frustrated. I was online and I saw the…Berlitz website. Don’t yell! I set up a meeting.

With…French. Don’t laugh!
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Hemdless: Interview with Christian Schinnerl + Lisa Polk

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“When you have content the form almost finds itself automatically.”

Berlin turned into a catwalk this week. Fashion Week Berlin   attracts designers and everyone who is influential in fashion. Movers and shakers in the fashion industry, media representatives and celebrities came together in Berlin to see the trends of the next season.

Fashion also played an important role for S2S Berlin this week, but not with fashion on the catwalk or what you would buy in a boutique – not yet at least.

The world of fashion often focuses on beauty, perfection or flawlessness and it doesn’t stop there. The cuts of clothing are designed for bodies with certain proportions, neglecting those with a different physique, plus size folks, and people with physical disabilities. Lisa Polk and Christian Schinnerl dealt with this topic and designed clothing for people with Trisomy21– Down Syndrome. As clothes off the rack do not fit, due to sleeves that are too short, collars that are too tight or simply the length of the shirt that doesn’t suit their body proportions, they decided to start creating a shirt collection. Stefanie Tendler of S2S talked to Polk and Schinnerl about their amazing project.

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Be Who You Are!

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The fight for acceptance and tolerance continues!

This June 22nd Christopher Street Day was celebrated for the 35th time in Berlin.

About a million people took part in the parade and the CSD finale, marching on the street for the rights of gays, lesbians, transsexuals, transgender and inter- as well as bisexuals. This  year’s main theme of the parade was discrimination.

The CSD is held in memory of the Stonewall Riots that took place on June 28, 1969 at the Stonewall Inn, a bar on Christopher Street, in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York City. The Stonewall Riots were a historic series of violent rebellion by the LGBT community, against biased treatment of homosexuals and other sexual minorities by the police.

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Follow the Sounds of the Street

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IMG_9719 Music doesn’t lie!  If there is something to be changed in this world, then it can only happen through music. 
Jimi Hendrix  

The Street is one of the most exciting stages for musicians – here they can experiment and are allowed to go wild. However, not all musicians are comfortable encountering the immediate and authentic reactions of an accidental audience. There is no hiding from the reaction of passers-by. Yet, the amazing thing is exactly the fact that there are no boundaries. There are no limitations of time and space when it comes to street performances, as it is entirely up to the band to decide how long and where they feel like playing.

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Lights out!

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Why does this city keep the street lights illuminated the entire night? 

Isn’t this a waste of energy and resources?

The night is fairly bright in this city and no one tends to question this, or bother to think about it. The design team of Cheesecake Powerhouse, a young creative studio based in Berlin, dealt with that issue and spontaneously installed a light switch on one of the lamp posts in the district of Kreuzberg. The interdisciplinary crew thought of this idea one evening after designer Chehad Abdallah had bought a light switch at Bauhaus hardware store. Che is originally from the graffiti scene and among other things having to do with art that does not only exist on screen, he has concerned himself with art taking place in urban spaces.

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Thomas Behrens: Brave New Design

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Thomas Behrens is a fashion designer with a special vision. He is not interested in creating clothes for profit, rather Thomas Behrens  strives to design a really good jacket that lets you dream and realize your fantasies. Hence, his collections are more conceptual than commercial in nature. A great emphasis is placed on workman-ship, materials and distinguishing characteristics. Thomas Behrens  rebels against the cultural wasteland and boredom that prevails in fashion today. Which in turn, incites him to never work with beautiful but banal clichés like frills and felt flowers – just because it is fashionable. Thomas Behrens  is finding innovation in precision.

After someone advised  Thomas Behrens to concentrate on realistic everyday fashion he decided to create one last couture collection, inspired by Superstudio, the Italian architecture group who had a major influence on the Radical Architecture movement of the late 1960s. Like his architectural predecessors, Thomas Behrens’ design is heavily influenced by futuristic landscapes. The collection is called “Prototype” – challenging all aspect of design and technical limits. The collection is as much Behrens’ manifesto as it is a critique of contemporary fashion and the constraints of commerce. Ever the provocateur, Thomas Behrens staged a guerilla fashion show right in front of the main event tent during Berlin’s Fashion week.

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Funny Ha Ha

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James HarrisJames Harris wonders what he did wrong in his past life.

Of all things, he is an English standup comedian in Berlin since 2004. For S2S our American correspondent Mike Trupiano discusses with Harris the trials and tribulations of  trying to make Berliners laugh.

S2S: So, you’re from Nottingham, England and you perform English standup comedy in Berlin. How are German audiences? Rowdy?

James Harris: Unlike in Britain, I’ve certainly never encountered a very drunk German crowd. There’s the guy in every audience in Britain who think’s he’s funnier than the comedian and wants to impress his date by proving that. This person is not present in Germany generally. I find German audiences generally very respectful and, I have to say, sometimes a little bit too respectful.

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Made in Ghana

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“Serwaa steht Dir gut”!

         “Serwaa looks good on you!“

Regina Dwomoh was born in Kumasi, Ghana but grew up in the German city Mönchengladbach. In 2002 she decided to move to Berlin to go to acting school. Yet she always felt attached to her native soil and the cultural diversity of her home country. The colorful fabrics that represent Ghana hold a special meaning to her, so she decided to create Serwaa – a fashion label focusing on bed linen, which is hand-crafted from high quality African materials. Stefanie Tendler met up with Regina to find out what inspired her to found Serwaa.

S2S:  How would you describe Serwaa?

RD: You’re not going to look like a wallflower with Serwaa [Regina flashes a big smile]. Serwaa is cheeky, proud and self confident. For me it is the feminine gateway of the continents, wanting to cross territorial borders.
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Tanaka Canziani: Mood Meister

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156871_174055959414167_72150144_n“It´s all up to you. You can start with nothing.”

One morning after a long night out in Berlin two guys randomly met on the train and just started talking about music. They went on and on talking about nothing in particular and all of a sudden came to the point where they decided to work on a project together. These two were actually two very talented dudes and their project,  “Tanaka Canziani,” would mix music and poesy. There is no sign of commercialism in their elaborate modulations – they tell stories created from memories.

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Word Acrobat

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Inventor of her own language!

Zehra_Cirak-b4265874Renowned Berlin poet Zehra Çirak, recipient of prestigious literary prizes such as the Friedrich-Hölderlin-Förderpreis and the Adelbert von Chamisso Prize has been praised for the evocative and inventive manner in which she uses language. Born in Istanbul, she grew up in a small town in Germany and left school at sixteen to learn to be a cosmetician. Barely out of her teens, she published her first volume of poetry Flugfänger, featuring artwork by sculptor Jürgen Walter with whom she lives and works in Berlin. Here, Marilya Veteto Reese, who was among the first U.S. Germanists to interview and write about Turkish-German writers interviews Çirak for S2S.

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Mellow Yellow

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Everyone is allowed to ride you…

Hopping on and off as we please, you don’t seem to mind.
Whether we consider ourselves part of the mass or have decided to part with it, you don’t differentiate. In the wagon of the underground everyone is a commuter – a traveler heading somewhere, from station to station. What changes are the expressions decorating the faces of the passengers. Depending on the time of day or the intensity of the intruding sunlight these sometimes seem grey and tired but also can be lively and content.

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Mt. Debt Foundation

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I consume – therefore I am!

Consumerism is constantly being questioned in socio-political discussions regarding the economy. Where does art fit into the act of consuming? Mass media consumption in our time has been criticized for reducing citizens to passive puppets. This criticism now seems to manifest itself in new definitions of consuming art as well, a focal point in the work of Fabian Altenried, the initiator of the art project Exeo In A Spasm and member of the Schuldenberg Foundation (Mt. Debt Foundation). S2S’s Burcu Sahin, talked to Altenried’s about the Foundation’s recent production Exeo In A Spasm and Altenried’s desire to rouse to action artists and spectators alike. Exeo In A Spasm was performed as Live Cinema with video screenings, music and performance on the 29th of March 2013, at the well-known cinema Babylon at Rosa Luxemburg Platz in Mitte, Berlin.  It was performed with Claudia Barth, Wanda Koller, Nataliya Dubova, Sebastian Ludwig di Salvatore, Kristof Gerega, Roman Schlonski and Rudi Spring.

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C/O Berlin Closing Party at Postfuhramt

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Photo: Sebastian Marggraf

“Hey Paula, we just had dinner, we will be there a bit later…”

I was expecting that most of my friends wouldn’t manage this early affair and anticipated that it could be difficult to enter a bit later…So I took my Italian flat-mate by the hand. Hurry up and come with me, I really want to show you the building one more time before it will be closed “forever.”

I love the Postfuhramt. It is one of Berlin’s most beautiful buildings. When I went to the exhibitions there I always made it a point to view the building as a work of art by itself. I viewed the photography in combination with the beautiful and special patina of the walls, while the different sized rooms enhanced the atmosphere of every exhibition.

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