A detail of Berlin.
29 March, 2012

From Laurence Penney’s map that hangs in our living room.


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Dinner in Berlin
12 March, 2012

Pre-birthday dinner at Santa Maria :)


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NYE in Mauerpark, Berlin
31 December, 2011

Unfortunately this gif doesn’t really capture the insanity of the Berlin fireworks. I hope this is the closest thing to real bombs/explosions that I’ll ever see.


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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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Our signs are finally getting installed!
19 June, 2011

About freaking time: 24 days late but at least they are finally getting installed!


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Typo Berlin 2011
22 May, 2011

Very short summary:
This was such an excellent Typo! It was the perfect mix of quality talks, awesome friends, and good organization.

My two favorite talks:
František Štorm gave my favorite talk of the conference; it was a hilarious and insightful look into his work and what “Czech” typefaces are. It WAS my favorite until the final talk of the weekend given by Christoph Niemann. I didn’t know his name till then, but I was familiar with most of his work. The guy is amazing… I’d recommend checking him out on Twitter as well.


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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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Protests, kinda scary
30 April, 2010

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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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The Museum of Things ⇒ WOW
6 September, 2009

Oh my god Becky, seriously the Museum of Things (Museum der Dinge) is like totally the most raddest place in Berlin. If you thought the DDR Museum had some cool old stuff, then you will be blown away by all the junk at this place. It is a cross between a natural history museum, the Smithsonian, your grandma’s house, a garage sale, and a dump. It has an extensive collection of “things” from the 1800s through today – roughly sorted chronologically and also a bit categorically.

Its stockpile of ephemeral, everyday objects is amazing. Typoholics will find hours of pleasure simply staring at all the old logos and packaging. I ended up taking about 150 photos while managing to convince my friends I am nuts because of how overly excited I was.

For those of you who are maybe not impressed with *just* nice old type and objects, the museum has more attractions. There are also some big, powerful, loud, Mythbusteresque machines that smash, chop, stomp, and roll/crush/flatten. Visitors are invited to use the hydraulic beasts to annihilate some miscellaneous bric-a-brac. Mechanical thumps, shattering, screaming, and laughing can be heard echoing throughout the museum.

It is a great place. Plus there is a gift shop with some nice designer objects and some other old crap you can buy too!


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TYPO Berlin 09…
2 June, 2009


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Das Buchstaben (Letter!) Museum
1 February, 2009


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