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Vermibus – Berlin Fashion Week Interventions 2015

Vermibus Mario Testino In Your Face Berlin Intervention

Photo: Thomas von Wittich | www.thomasvonwittich.de

Berlin Fashion Week was the perfect target for local artist Vermibus, whose ad-busting interventions subvert the very image the fashion world had descended on Berlin to project.

After using solvents to significantly alter advertising posters featuring glossy images of beautiful people, Vermibus re-hangs his artworks in advertising hoardings for maximum impact.

And this was what he did at the U-Bahnhof at Rosenthaler Platz when the fashion elite were in town for one of the industry’s flagship events.

Vermibus Berlin Fashion Week Intervention at U-Bahnhof Rosenthaler Platz

Photo: Thomas von Wittich | www.thomasvonwittich.de

Vermibus Berlin Fashion Week Intervention at U-Bahnhof Rosenthaler Platz

Photo: Thomas von Wittich | www.thomasvonwittich.de

Vermibus Berlin Fashion Week Intervention at U-Bahnhof Rosenthaler Platz

Photo: Thomas von Wittich | www.thomasvonwittich.de

Vermibus’s intervention at the newly opened Mario Testino exhibition, In Your Face, at the Kunstbibliothek Berlin, were he elected to hang an altered image of Kate Moss in a stairwell, was possibly even more daring.

Vermibus Mario Testino In Your Face Berlin Intervention

Photo: Thomas von Wittich | www.thomasvonwittich.de

Vermibus Mario Testino In Your Face Berlin Intervention

Photo: Thomas von Wittich | www.thomasvonwittich.de

Vermibus Mario Testino In Your Face Berlin Intervention

Photo: Thomas von Wittich | www.thomasvonwittich.de

Vermibus – In Your Face

// via Vermibus //

Berlin Street Art Vol 16 – Various Artists

It’s time for another selection of sweet street art from Berlin.  The artist’s names link to previous appearances on andBerlin if you want to see more of their work.

ALANIZ

One of the largest of ALANIZ’s rollered paintings in Berlin, entitled “Protesta; more than a right, an obligation” is right alongside a Vhils piece from his Go Forth campaign.

Protesta; more than a right, an obligation - Street Art by ALANIZ in Berlin

Raïa

Artistic talent is one thing but clever placement like this Wild Leo Girl paste-up by Raïa can take things to another level.

Wild Leo Girl - Street Art by Raïa in Berlin

URBEN

Single Again - Street Art by Urben in Berlin

Urben’s cartoonish characters are a regular fixture on the streets of Berlin.  See more from the artist on his Facebook page.

El Bocho

Little Lucy - Welcome to Berlin - Street Art by El Bocho in Berlin Goodbye Love - Street Art by El Bocho in Berlin

AXEL VOID

Born in Miami and raised in Spain, AXEL VOID (Alejandro Hugo Dorda Mevs) was based in Berlin for some time before returning to his native Miami.  He describes the incredible story behind this Hitler Youth piece at YAAM on his website:

A few years ago my computer broke down. I went to a repair shop in Berlin and met this older man that ran the place himself. There were other people and he must have seen that I didn’t have much money so with my poor German and his poor English he sat me down and explained how to fix the computer myself. I spent the afternoon with him, and among other things he told me his story. He was the son of one of the Nazi generals, and was raised in the Hitlerjugend (Hitler’s Youth). He explained how natural his training seemed, but by the time he grew up and had to take part in the war, he couldn’t do it. They ended up kicking him out of the force and he left the country. He only came back to germany after the war was finished.
He never charged me anything, this wall is dedicated to him.

Street Art Meeting - Street Art by AXEL VOID in Berlin

CAZ.L

Crow - Street Art by CAZ.L in Berlin Dive In - Street Art by CAZ.L in Berlin

Robi The Dog

Cellist - Street Art by Robi The Dog in Berlin

Pubberoner

Hannibal Lecter Behind Bars - Street Art by Pubberoner in Berlin

In the biography on his Facebook Page, Puberroner states, “no, I’m not an artist. I’m just a guy, who loves art.”

Negative Vibes

Hooded - Street Art by Negative Vibes in Berlin

Unknown Artist

If anyone has any details about the artist of this piece painted at Platoon Kunsthalle for Urban Clash please let me know in the comments.

Kippe - Street Art by Unknown Artist in Berlin

Sironi – Italian Bakery in Berlin

Maritozzi at Sironi, an Italian bakery in Berlin

As the venue for Street Food Thursday, Markthalle Neun is well and truly established as a must-visit for Berlin foodies but thanks to Sironi, the Italian bakery occupying a glass cube in the market hall, there’s no need to write off the rest of the week.

Baker at Work at Sironi, an Italian bakery in Berlin

All the bread, pizzas and pastries are prepared on the premises and thanks to all that glass you can watch Alfredo Sironi, who opened his bakery in August 2013, and his team preparing and baking the Italian specialities on offer.

Savoury Focaccia at Sironi, an Italian bakery in Berlin Sweet Focaccia at Sironi, an Italian bakery in Berlin Dinkel and Sironi Bread at Sironi, an Italian bakery in Berlin Ciabattina at Sironi, an Italian bakery in Berlin

My personal highlight here is the Maritozzo, a sweet bread with raisins and candied orange peel from Rome, which reminds me in flavour of a Chelsea Bun – a perfect dessert treat at 1,50€.

Maritozzo at Sironi, an Italian bakery in Berlin

To find out a bit more about Alfredo Sironi’s journey from Lake Como to Berlin and to see the bakers at work check out this short video from iGNANT.

iGNANT Places: Sironi – Il Pane Di Milano Bakery

Sironi is open 6 days a week and also during the monthly Breakfast Market on the third Sunday of the month.

Based solely on the strength of the Maritozzo here, Sironi would be my Berlin bakery tip. Backed up as it is by a delicious selection of sweet and savoury snacks, it’s a no-brainer – and if all that hasn’t persuaded you to give it a go, it is Sironi that supplies the soft bread rolls for the other star of the Markhalle Neun, Big Stuff Smoked BBQ.

Memorial to the Homosexuals Persecuted Under the National Socialist Regime

A Visitor Watches the Video Installation at the Memorial to the Homosexuals Persecuted Under the National Socialist Regime in Berlin

Recognising the intolerance of Hitler’s regime for same-sex couples and the violence gay men and women suffered during the Nazis’ reign, the Memorial to the Homosexuals Persecuted Under the National Socialist Regime, designed by Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset, is a monument and art installation on the edge of the Tiergarten in Berlin.

The Memorial to the Homosexuals Persecuted Under the National Socialist Regime in Berlin

The resolution of the German Bundestag from 12 December 2003 regarding the creation of the monument states:

The Federal Republic of Germany shall erect a memorial in Berlin to the homosexuals persecuted under the National Socialist regime.

With this memorial, the Federal Republic of Germany intends
– to honour the victims of persecution and murder,
– to keep alive the memory of this injustice, and
– to create a lasting symbol of opposition to enmity, intolerance and the exclusion of gay men and lesbians.

The Memorial to the Homosexuals Persecuted Under the National Socialist Regime in Berlin

Echoing the style and construction of its well-known counterpart, the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, found just across the road, the monument is formed of a large concrete block.  A window in the monument gives access to a screen showing a video on loop. When it was unveiled on 27 May 2008 the video installation was an endless kiss between two men.  This has video has since been replaced with a series of clips showing both gay men and gay women embracing following protests from the lesbian community.

Video Installation at the Memorial to the Homosexuals Persecuted Under the National Socialist Regime in Berlin Video Installation at the Memorial to the Homosexuals Persecuted Under the National Socialist Regime in Berlin Video Installation at the Memorial to the Homosexuals Persecuted Under the National Socialist Regime in Berlin Video Installation at the Memorial to the Homosexuals Persecuted Under the National Socialist Regime in Berlin

Situated as it is in Berlin’s largest public park, the Memorial to the Homosexuals Persecuted Under the National Socialist Regime is accessible 24 hours a day all year round.

Grüne Woche Berlin

Swiss Cheese Stand at Grüne Woche Berlin

Grüne Woche (International Green Week) is a massive food, agriculture and horticulture exhibition held for the 80th time in 2015 at Messe Berlin.

I went for the first time on Saturday and was amazed by the huge selection of different food and drink from all around the world on offer.

My food highlight of the day was eating Poffertjes, a small pancake-like dessert from the Netherlands, served with butter and orange liqueur.

Poffertjes Batter Being Poured at Grüne Woche Berlin Poffertjes Being Prepared at Grüne Woche Berlin Poffertjes at Grüne Woche Berlin

Naturally, I took advantage of the opportunity to sample some beers and managed to Untapp 10 new brews, the highlight of which was a Pale Ale from Liechtensteiner Brauhaus.  For the real enthusiast there was also beer bread on sale.

Pale Ale from Liechtensteiner Brauhaus at Grüne Woche Berlin Beer at Grüne Woche Berlin Bread at Grüne Woche Berlin

Pigs, horses, cows, goats and alpacas were all on show in one hall.

Cows at Grüne Woche Berlin Alpacas at Grüne Woche Berlin

My first Grüne Woche Berlin experience was overwhelmingly positive and I’m already looking forward to a return next year when I hope to have a little bit more time available to check out the German and International Beer Hall.

Apples at Grüne Woche Berlin Food Sign at Grüne Woche Berlin Tulips at Grüne Woche Berlin Bavarian Cheese Seller at Grüne Woche Berlin Cow Balloon at Grüne Woche Berlin Green Funkturm at Grüne Woche Berlin

Berlin Time – A Berlin Time Travel Experience by Matthias Makarinus

Photo: Still from Berlin Time by Matthias Makarinus

Photo: Still from Berlin Time by Matthias Makarinus

Matthias Makarinus has produced some of the best Berlin videos around and regular readers may recognise his name from my posts about his Rainy Day and Festival of Lights 2010 videos.  His latest project Berlin Time features shots from both those videos and shows us Berlin’s changing face during the day and throughout the seasons.

Watch as the city wakes and goes to sleep again, shines in summer and shivers in winter, cheer on the runners of the Berlin Marathon and marvel at the Festival of Lights and the beautiful Christmas Markets.

With his use of timelapse and hyperlapse techniques Matthias Makarinus has made Berlin Time feel like an immersive experience – sit back and take a journey through the space and time of Berlin.

Berlin Time

Acid Tanks – Plotbot KEN at work

Plotbot KEN at a Former Chemical Factory From Acid Tanks by Isabelle Pett

Photo: Still from Acid Tanks by Isabelle Pett

This video by Isabelle Pett shows Berlin street artist Plotbot KEN at work in a former chemical factory just outside Berlin.  The editing and the industrial soundtrack (The Sect – Underworld Machine Code Remix) are well suited to the setting and KEN’s post-apocalyptic artworks, created on four large storage tanks.

Acid Tanks

Berlin Clubs – Illustrations by Pablo Benito

Tresor Berlin Illustration by Pablo Benito

Tresor – Illustration by Pablo Benito

Berlin has a reputation as one of the clubbing capitals of the world and people jet in from all over the globe to experience the uniqueness of the city’s nightlife.  Graphic Designer, Pablo Benito from Barcelona has included two of the German capital’s most iconic clubs in a series of prints available from his PeBeStore.

Tresor appears in its old guise, housed as it was in the vault of the former Wertheims department store, before its relocation to a former power station to make way for the redevelopment of Potsdamer Platz.

Berghain Berlin Illustration by Pablo Benito

Berghain – Illustration by Pablo Benito

Arguably the world’s most famous club, Benito describes Berghain as

…the capital of techno. This decadent building is the nerve centre of the hedonistic lovers of electronic music.

Berghain by Night Berlin Illustration by Pablo Benito

Berghain by Night – Illustration by Pablo Benito

Clubs in Berlin are often notoriously short-lived and a number of landmark venues are currently under threat so I for one hope that Pablo Benito illustrates more of the city’s hotspots before they’re lost forever.  In the meantime you can buy his current range of prints through his online store and connect with the artist via Twitter and Facebook.

// via mixmag //

Hipsters Love Beer – I love beer, does that make me a Hipster?

Hipsters Love Beer

Photo: Still from Hipsters Love Beer by Nacho Punch

The craft beer scene in Berlin has exploded in the last couple of years and for a beer lover like myself that is definitely a good thing.  Sometimes though, beer appreciation seems to go the way of wine snobbery and this video of hipster mockery from Nacho Punch made me chortle.

I have to say, I’d love to try a Christian Bale Ale – “Oh, that’s so hoppy”.

Hipsters Love Beer

// via Huffington Post //

Konyali – A special Döner in Berlin

Close Up of Spezial Döner at Konyali in Berlin

In the UK, the kebab has been pretty much relegated to the status of post pub snack and alcohol absorber but, thanks to a large Turkish community, many of Berlin’s Kebab shops and Turkish restaurants are on another level and the Döner Kebap is a snack staple.  One of my favourite Dönerbüden (kebab shops), recommended by a very good friend, is Konyali in Kreuzberg.

When Cihan first brought me to the restaurant next to the exit from the U-Bahnhof at Kottbusser Tor it was the Spezial Döner that caught my eye when I scanned the menu.

Spezial Döner at Konyali in Berlin

A plate of Döner meat served on a bed of Pommes (chips or fries) and salad with sauce, the Groß (large), which I always go for, clocks in at a very reasonable 5€.

I still remember the smile that I had on my face when I realised that the basket of bread the waiter put on the table was for me and how that smile broadened when I tasted it – amazing!

Bread at Konyali in Berlin

There is a smaller version available for 3,50€ and also Döner Kebap im Brot for 2,80€ if you’ve left your appetite at home, though you’ll still need to be hungry to finish them.

Döner Kebap im Brot at Konyali in Berlin

My only criticism of the Döner im Brot is that the bread is a little crispy for my preference.

I should also point out the only other drawback for me, which is that like a number of kebab shops in Berlin, Konyali doesn’t sell beer but don’t worry, this is Kreuzberg so there are a handful of Spätis within spitting distance.

I haven’t made it past the Döner options but as you can see from the menu, Konyali serves lots of Turkish specialities.  If watching this video, which I found on their website, of the dishes being prepared doesn’t make you hungry, nothing will.

Konyali Berlin

The Kebap here is the best of the traditional lamb or veal Döner that I have had in Berlin and since Cihan introduced me to Konyali it has been one of my go to lunch options when I’m out and about in Kreuzberg.