Ploonge, an Italian social networking startup with a successful branch in Berlin and RallyPad Berlin, via Rally.org, a crowdfunding platform that allows you to reach your financial goals without the pressure of time constraints, have teamed up to bring you an exciting new crowdfunding campaign. The two startups are looking to dig deeper into the startup scene here in Berlin, and to also expose the revolutionary affects entrepreneurs have had on the working world. The goal of their campaign: to bring you a screening of The Startup Kids.
This documentary from Vala Halldorsdottir and Sesselja Vilhjalmsdottir, which is now known as a sort of cult classic in the world of young entrepreneurs and startups alike, has suffered from a lack of press. The two Icelandic filmmakers interviewed the founders of now successful startups like, Vimeo, Soundcloud and many more. Both Rally Berlin and Ploonge realized the need for a film like this to gain the exposure it deserves. But of course, that is not all they have to offer.
The Startup Kids – Official Trailer from The Startup Kids on Vimeo. Like all crowdfunding campaigns, they have set a series of goals. First off, the screening will be on April 20th, right here in Berlin. In order to have access to the film rights they have asked for 600 Euro. Yet, if they can double the amount, there will be free food and drinks, free memberships to Rally and much more. Regardless of the outcome, it is guaranteed to be a fantastic night. Taking the typical dinner and a movie to the next level, and also bringing important insight to the innovative world of entrepreneurs.
Danilo Sierra, events Jedi at the RallyPad Berlin
Giuseppe Colucci: head of Ploonge Berlin
Mandie O’Connell and Magdalena Schnitzler, photo: Julien Barrat
Luis-Manuel Garcia opened the night at Import Projects last Friday with a lecture on “Utopianism in Dance Music since Disco: A Very Short History”. Utopias may not exist; in fact, hoping for perfection in the great beyond could be dangerous and delusional. But Performance Art 002: Common Revilings, the second performance in a series of four from La Mission & Knuckle Cartel, approaches a certain Arcadia through music, language, anger, hope and general human interaction…
Der blaue Engel, event flyer
If walls could talk, Das ehemalige Stummfilmkino Delphi would have a lot to say. Located in Weißensee, which was once referred to as “little Hollywood”, the Delphi was not only once one of the most striking art house cinemas in Berlin, but at one point served as the warehouse for the civil defense of the GDR, and in the early 90’s as a showroom for pipe organs.
These days, you meet a lot of artists and journalists who are based in Berlin. Some are just starting off, others are succeeding, and a lot feel like they are ready to give up.
It is important to be able to turn to those who were once in the same boat, and who have ultimately come out on top, in the surprisingly difficult process of establishing yourself in the wildly popular German capital.
Nadja Sayej is a journalist, gonzo reporter and business woman. She has contributed to publications like VICE and the New York Times. On top of that, she also runs her own blog: ArtStars*. She is a creative professional who gets down to business and goes balls to the wall crashing parties and exchanging words with some of the most important figures in the art world, including Yoko Ono, John Waters and Marina Abramovic.
Laila Cola Weeks and Mandie O’Connell
In February, La Mission & Knuckle Cartel presented Performance/ART001 at Tischendorf right here in Berlin. It was a fiery introduction to the upcoming shows, of which there will be 4 more.
Last month’s performance, which we covered right here on Artconnect, was loosely based on the American film Network. It was a lesson in experimental theater and what it means to observe and be observed. It seems that we are now ready to graduate to Performance/ART 002: Common Revilings.
The upcoming piece will tie back to the previous show, and promises to be an “irrepressible testimony on collective and individual identity, the valid and necessary pursuit of Utopia, and the wonders and perils of the human condition.”
Frida Hyvönen, photo: Amanda Gray
When I was younger, I had a real affinity for female singer-songwriters, in particular those who played the piano. I remember going to see Tori Amos at the Providence Performing Art Center when I was in high school and being totally blown away by her passion, humor, sexuality, and overall presence. It has been a long time since I have seen a show like that, and alongside the evolution of my own music taste, my passion for the piano playing siren had since been forgotten…or at least temporarily.
On Wednesday night, Nordic by Nature and media partner KaltBlut Magazine presented Frida Hyvönen - a Swedish singer and songwriter who is currently based in Paris. Hyvönen is not just a songstress with a dreamy voice and an acoustic guitar, but more of a fiery presence, with a sultry voice and serious piano playing skills. Hyvönen’s performance hit a nostalgic note for me. Supported by a DJ set from Nordic by Nature, the show at Monarch was the record release party, promoting her latest album which is very appropriately named: To the Soul.
Rangleklods, photo: Amanda Gray
On Friday March 1st, the clouds parted in Berlin and the sun came out for the first time in about four months. Although it has been an incredibly active winter with regards to music and events, I don’t think anyone will disagree that we’re ready for a change. I’ve had “Young and Dumb” on repeat since seeing Rangleklods on Friday night at Festsaal Kreuzberg. I got the feeling that this Danish duo, comprised of Esben Andersen and Pernille Smith-Silversten, was already receiving some hype in Berlin, and now I know why…
Esben Andersen: Rangleklods
Hailing from Denmark, Rangleklods is yet another example of the rich musical exchange happening between Berlin and the delicious Danish music scene. After moving to Berlin in 2010, Ragleklods admits that the outline of his project started in Denmark has been greatly filled in by his time spent in Germany. Heavily influenced by the infamous electronic music scene in Berlin Ranglekolds has created his own version of eclectic dance music. Mixtures of soothing and simultaneously melancholy vocal tracks are presented in combination with sophisticated beats.
Released in the fall, his long awaited debut album BEEKEEPER will bring RangleKlods back to Berlin on his official solo tour. Supported by German DJ duo Deko Deko and Denmark’s Rough Days For Diamond Trade, Rangleklods will be playing at Festaal Kreuzberg March 1st starting at 20:00.
Known for his playful and passionate performances, it is a show not to be missed. Get a taste of the upcoming show by checking out some tracks on SoundCloud, and find the official event presented by Nordic by Nature right here on Artconnect Berlin.
Berlin Film Society
Starting yesterday, until the 17th of February, one of Berlin’s most outstanding events is taking place: The Berlinale International Film Festival . Looking back to filmmakers as early as the 1920’s, and the establishment of UFA, directors like Fritz Lang, Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau, and countless others were directing and making technical contributions to film that would forever influence the history of cinema. Would we, for example, have George Lucas’s C3P0 without the Maschinenmensch from Lang’s Metropolis? It comes as no surprise that Berlin is still a hub for cinema buffs of all types…
Much like its founder, Jack Howard, the Berlin Film Society is young, open and ready to make connections. Although its name gives off an air of exclusivity, the Berlin Film Society is in fact looking to bring film to everyone, much like the way that the moving image was able to dissolve the aura that once surrounded works of art…
Mandie O’Connell, Anja Struck, Laila Cola Weeks, Magdalena Schnitzler, photo: Julien Barrat
What did we learn in Performance/ART 001? Well, we learned that chaos can meet synchronicity in a stunning way, and that a character’s identity can remain as fluid as the constant name and costume changes that they are given.
Last weekend at Tichendorf, Mandie O’Connell (aka Knuckle Cartel) staged Performance/ART 001: a non-Aristotelian Drama in Five Parts. The two shows last Friday were completely sold out, so while the first audience descended a narrow spiral staircase into the depths of the café’s dungeon-like basement, the rest waited upstairs enjoying wine and cake.