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Berlin Block Tetris by Sergej Hein

Berlin Block Tetris by Sergej Hein

Sergej Hein came up with the idea for his Berlin Block Tetris animation walking through the streets of East Berlin when it struck him that the square blocks of the Plattenbauten (Soviet-era prefabricated concrete buildings) looked like Tetris pieces. Hein grew up in Riga but moved to East Berlin and lived in what he refers […]

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Berlin Dynamic by Matthias Makarinus

Berlin Dynamic is an exceptional timelapse video from Matthias Makarinus made up of over 50,000 photos shot between May 2010 and September 2011. I never get tired of watching this video, which was the first of Matthias Makarinus’ creations I saw, though three others have made it onto the blog before it. There are some […]

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Visualtraveling – East Meets West Berlin

In Visualtraveling – East Meets West Berlin, Berlin-based pro skater Michael Mackrodt takes a journey from East to West Berlin on a skateboard. There was a time (in a previous life) when I rarely went anywhere without my skateboard but I couldn’t even dream of doing some of the tricks that Michael Mackrodt casually pops […]

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Sunday Documentary – Test for the West: Berlin

Test for the West: Berlin is a Silver Bear-winning documentary by Franz Baake that deals with the history of Berlin from the 1920s to 1962, focusing on the post-war events that lead to the Cold War. The usual milestones are discussed: the division of Berlin; the Berlin Blockade; the 1953 workers’ uprising and the construction […]

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Sunday Documentary: Spirit of Berlin – July 1945

Released last month by Chronos Media GmbH to coincide with events to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the Battle of Berlin, Spirit of Berlin is a collection of colour HD footage of Berlin in July 1945. There is something about the use of  colour images that makes the utter devastation caused by a […]

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Um 8 Uhr kommen die Schweine wieder – Strandbad Wannsee

Um 8 Uhr kommen die Schweine wieder (At 8 o’clock the pigs come back) is a silent film from Hans Totter, showing staff at the Strandbad Wannsee in Berlin cleaning in preparation for the first guests of the day to arrive. Strandbad Wannsee is a lakeside beach in Steglitz-Zehlendorf on the Western outskirts of the city […]

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Berlin Wall 1984 – A Clearly Pissed Off Man

“West Berlin, West Germany in 1984 near Checkpoint Charlie in the American sector of the divided city.  A 24 year-old man decides to relieve himself on the wall separating the West from the East.” It is surely no coincidence that the young man chooses a spot marked with the graffiti ‘Communist Guards Suck!’ for his […]

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