Friday, April 25, 2014

Event: Olympus Photography Playground (till 25th May)

The formula is the same: they give you a Olympus digital camera to try, you'll make the photos of your experience inside the building and then you'll have the memory card with your photos as a gift (and you can also be part of a competition). Every room is made with an interactive installation from a different artist based with a different perception and prospective. 

Artists: AlexandLiane, 3Destruct [ANTIVJ], Clemens Behr, Dean Chamberlain, Leandro Erlich, Philip Beesley, ANNA BURNS and THOMAS BROWN, Transforma and Maser.

More infos: Olympus website

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Goodbye White Trash (moving to Treptow on 25th)

What is going on? For everyone is Gentrification, although it's very important to say that nowaday we're putting under the umbrella of gentrification everything, and not always is so simple. For example Kater Holzig had a contract of use of the building, the contract expired and they moved back to the Bar25 are where they're creating something new. C/O Berlin has a long lawsuite and then they have a new space in Charlottenburg. YAAM has exchanged the old place for a new one (for how long?).
What is for sure is that this city is a never sleeping city, but this is related also to the history of the city, you can read of those problems also in the late 19th and 20th century books, which doesn't mean that is a good thing, but somehow it is not just a problem of these days. The difference is that in this period it looks that there are more and more problems and everything is happening so fast (the city is normalizing).

The point for the White Trash is really simple. The current rent is something like 17.000€ (without costs) for the big place and they have decided to move to another area, where they can start fresh with a less expensive place.
The White Trash is a combination of different styles, with very kitsch furnitures in a former chinese restaurant style and the basement was used for concert. At in the years it has become a reference for the music in Berlin with the concerts of Madonna, Mick Jagger or Marilyn Manson for example.
But they're not giving up, they're just moving to the Arena area in Treptow starting from the 25th of April.
These pictures has been made in the last days of the White Trash and show an empty space, very far from the everyday life of the place.

Thanks to Valerio Bassan and Il Mitte ( for the opportuny of taking these pictures.

More infos:
Map: (old location)
Map: (NEW location)

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Tunnel under the Spree (Friedrichshagen)

Although it is hard to believe, according to a list on WIKI there are/were 16 different tunnels under the Spree river, also for the difficult subsoil of glacial valley of Berlin.
Among the U-Bahn tunnels and the working-service ones, there was the tram tunnel in Treptow, used to connect Stralau with Treptow, but it was badly damaged during the WWII and unusable. The ramp have been removed, the condition of the tunnel is largely uncertain.
The only pedestrian one in use is the one just at the beginning of the Müggelsee in Friedrichshagen connecting it to Müggelschlößchenweg, on the Müggelberge.
On one side of it there's Friedrichshagen, which is a nice area with a very traditional and not turistic flohmarkt on Sunday, nice houses and some relaxing atmosphere, a small park with some nice villas and statues.
One the other side the tunnel brings directly into the forest and the river bank, so clean air and relax in the wilderness (although there's a street for bikes and the main street is not so far).
The tunnel, which was built in 1926, is very deep and damp, in the weekends is popular and it's a good compromise to arrive to Friedrichshagen (with the S-Bahn S3) and then ends up into a nice forest walk.

More infos: WIKI

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