© Trafo Pop
Have you ever seen in Berlin’s streets a swarm of cyclists race passing you in a frenzy of colors and flashing lights? That was Trafo Pop ! A group of cyclists with different creative backgrounds. They build jackets using portable technology and organize Night Ride. We are very happy to have its founder Thomas Gnahm as a speaker for our next Networking Brunch on December 14th, and here are his answers to the few questions we had for him. Enjoy!
One of the speakers at our next Networking Brunch will be Bjorn Hegardt.
Meet this month’s new workshop teacher, Andrew Schlussel! He will be teaching intensive workshops in After Effects and Photoshop for beginner and intermediate users. There are still spaces available, but not for long, so sign up now.
© Nina Harwick
For those of us living in Berlin, we all know how grueling it can be to become a legal resident. Making appointments with the Auslandebehörde and the Burgeramt, never having the right paperwork, ruing to figure out what taxes to pay… If you haven’t done any of this yet, or if you are simply considering moving to Berlin, consider yourself lucky because now you will have heard about Expath and how they can make all this exponentially easier for you.
Ramiro Davaro-Comas is an Argentinian-American painter and illustrator who bases much of his work on character studies and depictions. His dark and humorous surrealistic work taunts the viewer, and invites them to step into this playful yet obscene world of funny characters and backgrounds.
Read the full interview here: blog.artconnectberlin.com/2013/07/23/spotlight-on-ramiro-davaro-comas/
Thanks to our videographer Barbara Hortynska
Thanks for the music to Mad’zelle - madzelle.bandcamp.com
During a meeting held years ago at a function for The Stage Directors & Choreographers of New York City, one of the lecturers had started his presentation with the following adage in regards to success in show business: “Success is 40% who you know, 20% talent, and 40% who you know…”. This advice has been ingrained in my head ever since.
In a city that is much better known for its artistic landscape more than any other industry, it is no wonder that there is a bustling hum of starvation amongst Berlin’s huge array of renaissance artists. These quiet conversations can sometimes be overheard at cafés…but in this city, you’re more likely than not to be involved in one of these talks about the arts either with an artist or as an artist yourself. This is a dangerous playground for Lebenskünstler, a word that could be translated as negative and positive.
First in a series of exposé, I reveal some of the struggles and successes of artists of varying genres that I have come to know during my stay here in Berlin for the past two years, sharing some of our stories that spill out from us over coffee and cigarettes. From the fine to the performing arts and everything outside and in between, I have acquired many friends who I meet at different cafés scattered across the city. There we talk about the past and future of Berlin’s rich and vibrant cultural history and our firsthand account of its development.
“Tactile Impulse”, 2013
Sera Boeno is the young sculpture artist from Istanbul currently pursuing her double honours in neuroscience and studio art at the prestigious Ivy League university Dartmouth College in the United States. Everyone that has had the pleasure of meeting Sera knows her as cheerful and colourful character. You’d often find her at a concert, or at one of many different music festivals with her sunglasses on, her hands in the air and a beaming smile on her face as she grooves away carelessly to her favourite artists. Born and raised in a place blessed with such an idyllic climate, Sera reads beatnik literature and sketches plans for future artworks as she faces out onto the endless blue seas that surround her homeland. Read more…
Johannes Comeau Miike photo: Kassandra Jensen
This week Berlin will receive for the first time the Remake Festival – a festival inviting everyone to Rethink, Recreate and Reset the world around us through over 30 lectures and workshops – It’s more than 200 artists and creative projects presenting the DIY + marker’s culture! One of this projects presented at the Festival, the Earthship Biotecture Deutschland, talked to me so we could discover a little bit about the project and the person behind the german branch of it, Johannes Comeau Miike.
*** We will give away 2×2 tickets for the festival! Just leave a comment under this post and press the Facebook “like”button! Easy as that! The winners will be chosen randomly and announced on Wednesday at 18hs! Good luck and we see you there!!! ***
Sitting down with Johannes Friday afternoon turned out to be a little different then I expected. Doing a bit of research before the interview, I understood the basics to what Earthships are and a brief history on the company. Earthships are buildings created from recycled material, which make them very economical and sustainable. From the site, it seems most suited for open land, so I was excited to see how this related to Berlin and what would be presented at the Festival, and our talk left me feeling very inspired and excited to see it in person!
Beautiful Mess: ‘Rocking Couple’
Meet Alejandro Cerón, the Spanish-born artist who fuses art and design together to produce aesthically fascinating and unique pieces that stimulate all of our human senses. Alejandro’s extensive eduction in both product design and industrial design stems from different institutions around central Europe and can be seen in many of his works that demonstrate a refined attention to detail through both his knowledge and use of materials, and also the philosophical and social questions that drive the theoretical ideas behind his works. We are very pleased to announce that Alejandro will be presenting pieces from his most recent exhibition, Mind The Crowd, at the Art Village within the Berlin Festival this year! Mind the crowd is an exploration into the dynamics of crowd behaviour and the potential benefits that can arise from collective action. The exhibition brought an interactive dimension to the city by featuring the 27 wooden pieces of the installation in several different locations in Berlin, which saw great interest from the public. We managed to catch up with Alejandro before the festival this weekend and ask him about his involvement within the festival, his artistic works, and what he thinks of the artistic scene here in Berlin.