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Archive: September 2013

Art in Berlin: Hito Steyerl

At the very back-end of Arsenale gardens in Venice, I found an impressive video work during this years Biennale opening. Hito Steyerl’s How Not To Be Seen. A Fucking Didactic Educational .Mov File. Luckily for those of you who won’t make it to Venice on time, this work is now also presented at Berlinische Galerie during their 12×12 IBB Video lounge until September 23rd.
I won’t even try to describe what this video is about, for a quite confusing attempt you should read the information given on the website. Sometimes art impresses me and I am not instantly able to explain why, of course, the juggling of Google Earth with men in green suits and singers in a desert and then test screens and burkas and what not describes the confusing overload of stimuli but before we go down the road of Kunsttext-Bingo, let’s all just enjoy the show.

Discover This: Down Under Berlin

Starting tonight, expat Australian cinephile and festival director Frances Hill invites Berliners to discover her home country through film at Kreuzberg’s Moviemento. Frances, charming employee of the overall amazing crew of Moviemento, started the Down Under Australian Film Festival two years ago via crowd-funding and with the help of friends. This year, she has put together a diverse and exciting programme which includes documentaries, narrative films, and short films, as well as a couple of great events. I met Frances Hill and head of communication Berit Becker for an afternoon interview where we talked about transgender hairdressers, indigenous actors, and the new films from Australia’s film schools.

The main course: lamb shoulder at Nansen

Food in Berlin: Nansen

I never in my life thought I would be writing about a restaurant, but sometimes you just discover the fun in something while doing it. I have also never really been a food person to be honest and when my friends ask to “have dinner” with me I always roll my eyes thinking that this is the kind of shit rich people in New York do. You know, like the women from Sex and the City who hardly work but always make it to the openings of the hottest new restaurants in town.

But then…

Discover This: Wadjda

At the end of the film I sat in the darkness of the theatre and cried a little, simply because I was happy. The only reason for this unforeseen outburst of emotion is the image of a young girl in Saudi Arabia who is riding a bike – nothing more. There are no violins playing, no dramatic camera crane shots or sentimental close ups, just the girl riding a bike. Of course, there is a special political and social meaning connected to this image, and naturally it is the conclusion of a complex and yet simple story, but it’s surprising nevertheless that one single moment in cinema can be so powerful. And that’s not the only surprising thing about Wadjda, a beautiful and touching film that opened in Berlin last Thursday.