Typo Berlin 2013
26 May, 2013

This was my 6th Typo Berlin, and second as a non-paying attendee. It is a remarkable event insofar that that there are a ton of activities and things to see even when you aren’t actually paying for the event.


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The Legendary Buchstabenmuseum
15 March, 2013

Berlin’s greatest typographic institution is probably the Buchstabenmuseum (The Letter Museum). Similar to the Neon Museum in Las Vegas, this establishment collects, preserves, and educates on the dying art of dimensional typography – mostly in the form of shop signs. Visitors can marvel at the beautiful, decaying letters and get to see up close just how they were made and work.

When I first moved to Berlin some 4 years ago I found the museum in a tiny little space; crammed full of letters, they had extremely limited, sporadic opening hours. Roughly two years ago they moved to their current location inside a mall-like space directly at Alexanderplatz. While here, they expanded the collection and made it even more educational and interactive. The layout and concept of the space is quite wonderful with dramatic lighting and interesting arrangements and groupings of letters.

Until today, I had not yet posted images from the redesigned museum, but now I must – especially because of two important pieces of news. So pay attention:

1— Tomorrow night (March 16th) will be a long night at the museum. The fun starts at 17:00 with Pecha Kucha! It will feature some great names in Berlin’s ecclectic type crowd: Christine Campe // Christine Voshage // Hildrun Dreyer // Julia Sysmäläinen // Lara Schilling // Lucas de Groot // Marcus Hahn // Raban Ruddigkeit // Sascha Grewe // Sonja Keller // Sonja Knecht.

But, if you can’t make it to the talks, you can also stop by later in the evening. Tomorrow is the Lange Nacht der Museen (long night of museums) in Berlin. Most of the city’s museums will stay open late (till 2am), and you can get into all of them with just one ticket. I’d suggest starting with Pecha Kucha, then moving on to some other nice places (the Martin-Gropius-Bau is always great).

Go!

2— The museum will be closing at the end of the month! So, you really should get to see it one last time before they are gone! That sounds overly dramatic I hope – don’t fear, they will reopen in a new location nearby soonish. Still, it would be good to see them here before it’s too late.

The Pecha Kucha night would be a good excuse to visit wouldn’t it?

If you don’t go tomorrow night, the museum is normally open Thu–Sat from 1–3pm. You have till March 30th to stop by.


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The Museum of Things: 2012 Edition
6 December, 2012

The Museum der Dinge is my favorite museum in Berlin… there’re always new treasures to discover here.

Sorry about the bad quality iPhone pics, but it was a spontaneous trip and I didn’t have a real camera… Now you’ll just have to go yourself and take better pictures of your own!


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Right-to-Left Exhibition
1 December, 2012

I’ve shown so many images of this impressive show, so I won’t say too much. Mostly that if you are in Berlin in the next week (until December 9th, 2012), you must check this show out. Organized by the Berlin-based studio EPS51, they have brought together an array of designers, artists, and activists from across the Arab world in a remarkable way. Having now organized several exhibitions myself, I can more fully appreicate the efforts they put in and how outstanding the results are.

I finally visited the show after meeting one of the organizers, Ben Wittner, at the Babel symposium earlier in the week. The evening I stopped by there was a lecture by Huda Smitshuijzen-AbiFarès from Amsterdam. She spoke on Arabic Typography as an Agent of Resistance. If these topics interest you, there will be a few more: one on December 6th by Sandra Hetzl, Gabriela M. Keller, and guests from Syria; and the finissage on December 9th will host Nadine Chahine, Eps51, Pascal Zoghbi, and Antje Weitzel.

More info (and better images) are available at the Right-to-Left official website.


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Mota Italic – November 2012
20 November, 2012

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As seen during the Chromeography exhibition.


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Typo Berlin 2012
26 May, 2012

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David Buckingham: Hung Like Elvis
3 September, 2011

Pics from the opening party.

From Kit Schulte Gallery:

2. September bis 15. October 2011

Kit Schulte Contemporary Art starts the new season with the second solo exhibition Hung Like Elvis by American artist David Buckingham, celebrating the 2 year anniversary of the gallery in Berlin.

Buckingham’s sculptures are made of found metal seem deceptively simple, yet are brilliantly executed in technique and full of humor. Many of his artworks involve wordplay, challenging the viewer at first to decipher and recognize movie quotes or pop-culture phrases, charging the moment of recognition with active engagement, significance and amusement. For Hung Like Elvis, he created works reflecting elements of postwar American culture and a divided Germany, weaving in icons with subtle humor, irony and sarkasm.

For my Berlin show, I’ve decided to make a Luger, which is emblematic of Germany and has been made there for more than a century. As a kid I grew up watching Hogan’s Heroes, a TV show about crafty Americans in a German POW camp during WWII. That was my first experience with German/USA relations, through a situation comedy, complete with laugh track. Both Colonel Klink and Sergeant Schultz carried Lugers, so it seems natural that I make a Luger for this show.
—David Buckingham

Authoritarian relationships were newly interpreted in pop culture and had, with the American easiness, a liberating impact for Germany’s postwar generation. The lingering ideal of the military soldier was replaced with the rock ‘n’ roll hero Elvis Presley, and rebels like James Dean or Marlon Brando were glorified. While Germany was undergoing a serious and critical self-reflection on the Holocaust, America handled the experiences in a much lighter way, inventing situation comedies like Hogan’s Heroes, with Sergeant Schultz, a basically good-hearted man who, when confronted by evidence of prisoners’ covert activities, simply looked the other way, repeating “I hear nothing, I see nothing, I know nothing“. Even though the entertainment industry is Buckingham’s greatest resource, he also refers to political events. An example is the declaration “Ich bin ein Berliner” (I am a Berliner) from John F. Kennedy’s speech on 26th of June in 1963 in front of Schöneberg’s city hall. The four words went around the world and are now part of our collective memory.

Buckingham’s sculptures are part of American popular culture: he plays with the disrespect inspired by stories of youthful rebellion and the provocative, blatant, even intentionally vulgar and cheesy forms of expression that violate socially established norms of taste. Hung Like Elvis, as the exhibition title, clearly sums it up.

David Buckingham was raised in New Orleans and now lives and works in Los Angeles. He studied at the Rivington School in New York City, and has shown in solo and group exhibitions in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Berlin, New York and Chicago. His work has been included in an exhibition at the Riverside Art Museum, and in several private collections throughout the United States and Germany.


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Klaus Rähm Wortschätze Exhibition
17 April, 2011

Klaus Rähm: Wortschätze, Typografik – Satirische Inszenierungen von A-Z

08.04.2011 – 20.05.2011


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Welt Aus Schrift Exhibition
15 January, 2011

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Seizure-Inducing Berlin Christmas Market
26 December, 2010






 
If you’ve made it this far through the post, I should add that these animations in no way represent all German Christmas markets. These images were taken at a particularly tacky market that concerns itself more with drinking and rides (vs. those focused on drinking, eating, and shopping). You can find this crazy light show behind the Alexa shopping center for basically all of December (and maybe a bit into January) each year. For a considerably nicer/calmer/quieter experience simply walk a few hundred meters to the Fernsehturm/Alexanderplatz and check out the market in front of the Berlin Rathaus.

Fröhliche Weihnachten!


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Typo Berlin 2010
1 June, 2010

This was an incredible Typo Berlin, and unfortunately because of that, I seemed to not take many photos. I also happened to be a speaker this time (I gave a talk “I ♥ India and you should too”). Eye Magazine has a more proper review of this year’s event and the Font Feed should have something up soon as well.


Photo by photo by Alexander Blumhoff


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Museum of Things #2 [UPDATED]
21 November, 2009

Just a few more images from Berlin’s ultra-cool Museum of Things!

You can also see more great objects from the museum in this previous post.

[UPDATE]

You can also help out the museum by becoming a Dingpfleger (a caretaker/sponsor of a thing). For a small donation you can adopt one of their objects! For more information and to learn about becoming a Dingpfleger(in) have a look here (German).

Check out what we are sponsoring for 2010!
(And thanks to Dan Reynolds for the quote!)(Even if it maybe, possibly, came with the tiniest bit of sarcasm.)

The “Vesper” Bahlsen Keksdose from 1923 over at the Museum der Dinge’s website


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