Mensch Meier Club, a Critique

This is the translated version of an older text about Mensch Meier club in Berlin, German version below. The same snouts that were biting your face in About Blank club, sitting between runway-floor and toilet-ressort, are now sitting in the corner floor in the floor ressort – an endless history in which you always find…

Babylon Berlin: Note on the use of Ruttmann’s abstract movies

The TV series Babylon Berlin, which portrays the criminal, economical and political milieus of Berlin at the end of the 1920s, uses abstract cinema from the early 1920s for its closing credits. The material is by Walter Ruttmann, who also showed it in 1925 in a film matinee of the socialist Novembergruppe called “Der absolute…

The ideological foundations of the European Club Night

In Berlin this weekend 27 Clubs, funded each 3000 euros by the Federal Foreign Office, are celebrating the Fall of the Wall as well as Freedom of Movement in Europe. Of course this has generated debates, for example the artist Elliver has criticized this as a shameful propaganda event and also stated early in April:…

Review: Bianca Ludewig, Utopie und Apokalypse in der Popmusik. Gabber und Breakcore in Berlin. Wien 2018

German version below The cover of Bianca Ludewig‘s book shows a T-shirt at the hardcore-techno parade called “Fuckparade” in Berlin. The t-shirt says “200 BPM”, i.e. 200 beats per minute. Music that many people find pleasant is in the range of 100 to 120 BPM, i.e. 2 beats per second, with the wearer of the…

Unstoppable? An image of the 2010s in Berlin

A commercial wholetrain, with an adhesive design of the urban artist Shepard ‘Obey’ Fairey, who recycles socialist movement graphics from the past for his succesful imagery. “Unstoppable”: The powerful arrogance of urban art in alliance with money. This is an advertising for a semi-private museum about urban art in Berlin: Urban Nation. The museum is…

Workshop this Saturday in Berlin: Reclaim your Club

This Saturday the rave scientist Lukas Fakegruber of the Shituationist Institute will hold a seminar about the emancipatory potentials of club culture: Reclaim your Club Reclaim Club Culture is a network reflecting on the conditions of hosting raves, asking how party organizers can position themselves face to face with structures of power and exploitation in…

Berlin summery October days in pictures….

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” ― Albert Camus Short Note: This October in Berlin – Neükolln  was something different, especially the last days which were actually even better than the summer days.. Therefore we have every reason to celebrate and write about it. The walks outside have met discussions…

Berlin summery October days in pictures….

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” ― Albert Camus Short Note: This October in Berlin – Neükolln  was something different, especially the last days which were actually even better than the summer days.. Therefore we have every reason to celebrate and write about it. The walks outside have met discussions…

Berlin October 12th: Philosophy Unbound #18 Dark Matter(s)

The Shituationist Institute proudly presents: PERFORMANCE //Lucas Elliot Fakegruber – Dark Surfaces. Inside the Rave Situation The uniformity of the rave situation is the basis for precise deviance. Entrusting oneself to the concept: After setting the time frame, the sound and light and crowd then create the rugged line of the evening with different perspectivization…

In the Europool

The announcement of this sunday’s Europool event by Creamcake provides insights into culture politics and funding terminology related to the cultural sector of Berlin today. Creamcake is a popular party series that has taken place in Südblock and later Ohm, featuring musicians connected to the digital sphere, which also has organised an art festival last…

NOTHING TO HIDE: a film about surveillance and you

  “Nothing to Hide” is a film started by Marc in April 2015 with a journalist colleague of him, Mihaela. At that time They were working on different digital related issues (Marc for instance was focusing on the economical issues of Big Data, Mihaela more on privacy). They started attending more conferences (CPDP, re:publica, CCC..)…

Why can’t I find a cheap flat in Neukölln, Friedrichshain, Kreuzberg? Shituationist Berlin De-Mystification Service Series #1

In case you wondered why it is so hard to find a flat in Berlin, isn’t it supposed to be cool AND crazy AND cheap? Short explanation, it’s capitalisation, the Berlin myth is a collectively produced marketing sheme that is programmed to go out of hands. Our special brand of gentrification, where there is not…