In Complete Darkness

We scan headlines in bold print to inform ourselves. We receive news by video and decide on which people are interesting to us by looking at selfies. Our pupils dart in all directions, looking, processing, selecting, next. Let’s turn off the lights. Darkness sharpens the senses – all the others, that is.  When we aren’t distracted by visual stimuli left, right and centre, we suddenly focus on the present, current. And this kind of attention is what art deserves, thought the organisers of the exhibition The Dark Rooms. And that’s why a six-hour exhibition is taking place in complete darkness in the Willner-Brauerei on September 3rd. The work of art alone is in the centre of attention. In eleven rooms, eleven international artists are presenting sound installations (Julian Laping, for example) and sculptures, 3D collages (like those of Jürgen Schwämmle) and installations, pictures and sculptural drawings (beautiful: Ralf Westerhof) – there is no limit for the medium. But there is for the light: each artist has only five spotlights to shed light on his works. If you want to contribute to art reception, send us an email titled ‚LET THERE BE LIGHT’ to We’re giving away 5 tickets for the sold-out exhibition.
The Dark Rooms |  September 3rd, 4 to 10 p.m. | Willner Brauerei Berlin, Berliner Str. 80-82, 13189 Berlin | Anmeldung für 2017


Kategorien: Events | Autor: | Datum: 31. August 2016 | Tags: , , , Keine Kommentare

Welcome to the garden of earthly delights

Pretty much 500 years ago, Hieronymus Bosch died. The Dutch painter was and is to this day one the most mysterious, most fatidic and, for many contemporaries and artistic heirs, most inspiring personalities that ever lived. Hieronymus Bosch created paintings filled with symbols, religious grace and earthly criticism, filled with blood, sweat, tears and excrements. Torn bodies, effusions, copulating creatures of all species, monsters, devils and torture. Any superstition and fear that might have plagued a human in the middle ages formed his works. The probably most famous painting „The Garden of Earthly Delights “, which portrays humanity caught in the trap of its sins and truly captures the Zeitgeist, has become the symbol of the middle ages par excellence. His few further masterpieces are scattered across various museums and galleries who guard them jealously. The exhibition Hieronymus Bosch.Visions Alive has now not only compiled the scarcely available information on the life and existence of the artist but has also gathered all of the main works in a unique multimedia exhibition. Huge, pin-sharp HD screens bring the colourful, fantastic worlds, the hybrid beings and monstrous creatures from hell to life. The paradise-like utopias and apocalyptic visions can be examined right down to the smallest detail. The whole thing is accompanied by an especially composed sound track. Low-threshold art is what the experts would call it.  Fascinating and spectacular is what we call it and are giving away a pair of tickets worth 12,50 Euro each to the particularly unafraid amongst you. Send us an email headlining ‚NIGHTMARISH‘ to Happy fascinating!
Hiernomus Bosch. Visions Alive | June 7th – October 30th 2016, Mon.-Sun. 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. | Alte Münze, Molkenmarkt 2, 10179 Berlin | Tickets 12,50 Euro / reduced 9,50 Euro


Bernd Kolb

The 2 Minute Interview

Bernd Kolb is mastermind, lateral thinker, visionary and founder of the Club of Marrakesh, entrepreneur and he himself says with a wink: man with a mission. And this is how that came about. As former top manager, entrepreneur of the year and director for innovation at Deutsche Telekom, he began to deal with the great challenges of our global consumer society and looking for possible approaches for a positive and sustainable future. He explored the question why, against better judgement, it is so difficult for us to think and act sustainably and found answers in the encounter with inspiring people who gave him an understanding of the wisdom of ancient Asian cultures. He captured these moments of knowledge and solidarity with his camera and is presenting them as we speak and until the end of September in the exhibition ATMAN at the Malzfabrik Berlin. We wanted to know more and spoke to Bernd about the truly important things: wisdom, the meaning of life and the European Football Championship, of course. A must read! Oh yeah, and what was that going on the year 2046?

Name: Bernd Kolb
Age: 53
Home: Yogyakarta (Java)
Profession: Man with a mission ;)
Show size: 44
Favourite place: Yogyakarta

What is the meaning of life?
The meaning lies in discovering your true self, unfolding it and making it bloom. Then everything we do has meaning.

Who is going to be European Football Champion?
Ha! I have to admit that I find that less interesting than the question itself in relation to the other questions. But it is possible that for some, the question is of such importance that it goes hand in hand with the meaning of life. ;)

What would you change in the world if you had the chance and the power to?„God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.” (Reinhold Niebuhr)

What is wisdom?
For me, wisdom means “feeling” beyond thinking. “Experiencing” without judging or classifying. “To be one” deeply within, beyond “me” and “you”. Just pure “being” and solidarity beyond appearances.

Which moment changed everything?
I don’t know if one moment can change everything. To me, each moment is also  development. If I even notice it, that moment. When I am here and consciously experience it. “Panta Rhei”, as the Greek philosopher Heraclitus once put it: „Ever-newer waters flow on those who step into the same rivers.“

Tell us a magical place, anywhere in the world!
There is a truly magical place in Berlin at the moment, the Malzfabrik. Now I’m not saying that for marketing purposes, I really mean it.

Do you have a hobby we didn’t know about?
I HONESTLY do not have a hobby – I ONLY do things that have meaning for me and bring me joy. That’s not just a saying, I’m deeply serious about it ☺

You meet your 18-year-old self. Which advice would you give yourself?
That is a beautiful question. Because it assumes that you can actually meet yourself. And in this encounter lies the advice itself: recognise who is meeting who.

What would you like to be better at?

What should everyone have done once in their life.
In a modern context I would advise everyone to go on a sabbatical in the middle of their life. To leave the routines and habits, to give yourself space and time. Dive into adventures, don’t make plans, discover the new, in yourself and around you!

You are re-incarnated – as what?
I believe that we always stay alive and it’s just the form that changes. Which is more important than we think. Because everything we “comprehend” as a form is just a figment of our mind and has nothing to do with life as such. That is also what ATMAN is about. What starts as a concrete image in our cognition dissolves in form and becomes pure consciousness, feeling, empathy – the essence of being human. Those who can feel and feel for others will live sustainably and peacefully. It is a question of consciousness, of recognising that matter is NOT the most important.

You are travelling in a time machine, which year do you set it to?

With which famous person (dead or alive) would you like to go out for drinks?
It’s hard to pick out just one. There are too many that I find equally interesting. But it would definitely be nice to meet my line of ancestors.

What would you cook for us if we came to visit you?

What are you afraid of?
Honestly: nothing. Fear is a bad advisor.

When was the last time you had a good laugh and what was it about?
I laugh a lot and mostly about myself! :)

What should no one about about you?
Untruths and prejudices. Anyone is allowed to know everything true about me, I don’t lead a double life ☺

What question should we have asked you?
Only you can answer that.

Last words:
Thank you.

Photo: Raimar von Wienskowski


Kategorien: People | Autor: | Datum: 22. Juni 2016 | Tags: , , , , , Keine Kommentare

Bei meiner Seele


A dark room, at the end a larger than life portrait of a person. The image glows from within, the stare pierces the shell of our humanity and makes its way into our core. The encounter is true and moving, as if we had really met vis-à-vis. ATMAN is a word from ancient Indian Sanskrit and means “soul”. It describes the immortal, true, individual self of a person. In the over 3,000-year-old Vedic scriptures, ATMAN is the divine spark within us, it’s what remains when we are totally centred, free of all illusiveness and aspiration. The state we try to reach with yoga, meditation, self-awareness exercises and diet. Bernd Kolb – visionary, mastermind and former director for innovation at Deutsche Telekom – deals with the great challenges of our global consumer society and possible approaches for a positive and sustainable future. He explored the question why, against better judgement, it is so difficult for us to think and act sustainably and found answers in the encounter with inspiring people who gave him an understanding of the wisdom of ancient Asian cultures. He captured these moments of knowledge and solidarity with his camera. His unusual photography lets us re-discover the inner abundance of humans, it is a visual and emotional experience at the same time. After the great success of his book, the ATMAN exhibition is opening tonight at the Malzfabrik Berlin. Bernd Kolb himself will be present at the vernissage, secretary for cultural affairs Tim Renner will be giving the laudatory speech. The exhibition will be open until September 30th and can only be visited in small, guided groups. Various talks turn the event into meditative and sensory experience that inevitably puts the focus on the visitor. As a special highlight, we will be giving that experience a sensory and culinary extension from September 15th to 30th with a GOLDEN DINNER meets ATMAN special. Following the exhibition, we will be lighting up a sea of candles in and around the exhibition area in the Fight Club of the Malzfabrik every evening, setting the scene for the sensual, the wonderful and the delicious and serving a thematically harmonised, top-class three course menu, spiced with musical delicacies. Tickets to the exhibition and the dinner can be ordered for 89 Euro at
ATMAN – Space for Experience | June 1st to September 30th 2016 | Malzfabrik Berlin, Bessemerstr. 2-14, 12103 Berlin | Entrance 12 Euro | | Facebook | Foto: Bernd Kolb

Kategorien: Events | Autor: | Datum: 01. Juni 2016 | Tags: , , , Keine Kommentare

The in-between-man


»A book that causes a stir is always worth reading. «, Harry Graf Kessler wrote into his diary on January 15th, 1891. And foreclosed the meaning of his own minute and sensually accurate observations in words. The publisher, nobleman, patron and diplomat filled 57 volumes with his diary-like notations in 57 years. They are snapshots from eventful times, from the Weimar Republic to the rise of the Nazis. Like a “photographer in words”, the covert homosexual observed his surroundings on innumerable journeys on express trains and during afternoons in salons and museums and put the contradictions of his time into sentences, that have lost none of their topicality today. The German literature archive Marbach edited the 57 volumes never intended for publication and is supporting The Stiftung Brandenburger Tor with the multimedia exhibition in the Max Liebermann Haus, which is putting Graf Kessler’s observations in the center of attention and surrounding them with historical documents in images and sounds. The bon viveur’s passion for art and collecting is symbolised with artworks on loan. Because on November 20th, 1903 he wrote: »Great task: teaching the German to believe in art.« With Kessler, we are submerged in a fascinating world regarding political history as well the humane aspects: The unique and manifold cabinet of curiosities of a world in between collected by a man who himself was always caught between ideologies, the environments, the two stools. So go, see, marvel and understand.
Harry Graf Kessler, Flaneur durch die Moderne | 21st May to 21st August 2016 | Max Liebermann Haus, Pariser Platz 7, 10117 Berlin |

Kategorien: Events | Autor: | Datum: 18. Mai 2016 | Tags: , , , Keine Kommentare

Be Water My Friend.


Be Water My Friend.

Wednesdays at Ugur’s is one of the best supper clubs this city has to offer. Anyone who has ever tasted the countless raw vegan delicacies served by Ugur Orhanoglu at these messianic feasts knows what we are talking about. Of course it’s a foodie thing, but it’s also about being a part of it, meeting people – to see and be seen. Ugur is supper club cult! One tends to forget that Ugur is not only a cook, but also an equally good photographer. So swing by the Leogant Loft and check out his latest work. The exhibition – quite fittingly called “Water” – features high-speed photographs capturing the fascinating element. Enjoy snacks and drinks at the vernissage on Tuesday September 8th from 7 pm. The exhibition officially opens the next day and runs through January 14th. And yes, there will also be lovely dinner events planned during this period.



Water by Ugur Orhanoglu | 09.09.15-14.01.16, Vernissage 08.08.15, 7pm | Leogant Loft, Linienstr. 56, 10119 Berlin | Facebook Eventlink | |

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Remember Dieter Roth?


Remember Dieter Roth?

Well, you should. Dieter Roth was a multi-talent and worked in widely ranged media such as drawing, painting, assemblage, installation, printmaking, artist’s books, literature, action and film. His numerous music-related projects though have remained little known so far. But that’s about to change: „And away with the minutes“ – opening this Friday at Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin – is the first exhibition to show the artist’s music-related work comprehensively. Music played an important role for Roth all his life and affects his oeuvre in many different ways. He integrated musical instruments into his assemblages as mute reliefs alongside cassette players and other audio devices, for example, and uses them as motifs in his paintings and works on paper. Roth even performed as a musician himself, playing alone or as a member of the artists collective ‚Selten gehörte Musik‘ (Rarely heard Music), with his Viennese artist friends and at home with his children. Roth had an extensive vinyl collection and his own recording studio. He loved classical music, Schubert, Brahms and Schonberg in particular. The exhibition at Hamburger Bahnhof is complemented by selected works of artists showing parallels with Roth’s musical oeuvre and celebrates the connection between visual arts and music. It runs from March 14th to August 16th. Free admission to the opening this Friday from 8–11pm.
Exhibition: And away with the minutes. Dieter Roth and Music | 14th May – 16th August | Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart, Invalidenstraße 50-51, 10557 Berlin | | | Photo: Florian Holzherr. © Dieter Roth Estate Courtesy Hauser & Wirth