Generator presents an eclectic mix of talent to stimulate your senses with delight. On the night we paid homage to Berlin and hosted a joyous gathering in the building site of our new Berlin Mitte hostel.
Arising from the foundations to amuse for one night only we lined up some truly talented live street artists and installations, flare and cocktail mixologists, live visuals and strictly vinyl DJs.
Rouge Mécanique / Rekids // FR
Damien Barras / Traffic // CH
Hicks / Live Art // UK
Cren / Live Art // DE
Tussycats // Live Art // DE
Jamie Shaw / VJ // UK
Barracuda / Cocktails // DE
We celebrated our favorite decade with launching our own boutique fashion exhibition in Generator Copenhagen! Following the non destructible trend of vintage fashion we have teamed up with local boutiques to bring you a potpourri of classic styles and vintage fashion pieces.
Local partners: The Second Way, Wasteland, FN 92, Carmen Vintage, MariaJot, mania, Frolov Jewelry, PosterLand, ManneQ
Underway in Northern Europe: with the Berliner Philharmoniker on the trail of Yoik music and Finnish Tango
The Sami people are still to be found today as an ethnic minority in Norway, Sweden, Finland and the Russian Kola Peninsula, living in harmony with their surrounding natural environment of endless forests, coasts and mountains. Their homeland extends from the Arctic Ocean to central Scandinavia. Their pride and their livelihoods are their reindeer herds with which they travel this entire region, crossing over several national borders. Their cultural identity is rooted not only in their own language, but particularly in an almost unbroken faith in the forces of nature, which is expressed in shamanistic yoik singing.
They donʼt yoik about something, but things themselves, their soulfulness, are yoiked. No stories or verses are sung, but emotions such as love or being in love are awakened and expressed. A yoik has no long text. One can also yoik without any text, using just the voice. In the second part of his musical journey, Roger Willemsen invites us to the southern part of Finland. Here, in the Karelian-Baltic region, there are rich folk dance traditions which are maintained particularly with fiddles and accordion. It is not surprising that the accordion has also found a special place in the new national music of Finland: the tango.
ROGER WILLEMSEN Presentation and Programme Supervision
CHRISTIAN BRÜCKNER Speaker
Markku Lepistö Accordion
Pekka Lehti Double Bass
Milla Viljamaa Piano
Ulla Pirttijärvi Joik (Female Voice)
Wimme Saari Joik (Male Voice)
Double Bass Players of the Berliner Philharmoniker
Janne Saksala Double Bass, Esko Laine Double Bass, Gunars Upatnieks Double Bass, Janusz Widzyk Double Bass
Wed, 23 Jan 2013 8 p.m.
20:00 | Kammermusiksaal
Christer Strömholm . Post Scriptum
Exhibition from 19 January 2013 to 17 March 2013
Opening Friday, 18 January 2013
Children playing, intimate couples, celebrity artists, proud transsexuals, disfigured war victims – we always see ourselves in the portrait of the other. Our own weakness, fragility and vulnerability. The unfamiliar is perplexing yet also has an incredibly strong appeal. In his diverse oeuvre, Christer Strömholm radically turns to face the world and confronts himself with its – often harsh – reality on a daily basis. Always patient and with a keen sense of observation. He does not secretly and voyeuristically stalk his fellow people but always discloses his identity. Getting very close to the persons portrayed is one of the basic principles of his photography. Hence he is not concerned with capturing the decisive moment but rather with taking an open-minded approach towards his photographic objects. His subjective photography is characterised by great respect, closeness and an intimacy that has developed over time. Christer Strömholm’s black-and-white photographs cannot be clearly allocated to a particular style – they are often grainy, raw and dark. Existentialism using photographic means: analytic and melancholy yet at the same time always sensitive and emphatic. As a self-declared advocate of “available light” Strömholm works solely with the existing light, which means that although the setting or milieu is an element of his pictures, the details usually disappear into the darkness. A style that seeks something of one’s own in the unfamiliar.
C/O Berlin will present a retrospective of Christer Strömholm in Germany for the first time, including approx. 150 photographs, contact sheets, work materials and writings. All the important series are represented in this collection. The exhibition was set up by Fotografiska/Stockholm in collaboration with Joakim and Jakob Strömholm.
A retrospective book (Post Scriptum) devised by Joakim Strömholm and Patric Leo has been published by Max Ström Verlag on the occasion of the exhibition.
Showroom Helsinki proudly presents TEASER – a selection of works by the most influential young Finnish contemporary artists. Founded in 2008, the gallery Showroom Helsinki is showing the highlights of its programme at Salon Dahlmann Berlin. Combining a critical perspective and meticulous craftsmanship with a humorous and aesthetic treatment, the works of Jiri Geller, Mari Keto, Jani Leinonen and Aurora Reinhard explore the boundaries between constructed, commercial culture and individual, materialistic addiction. TEASER presents these prominent Finnish artists by composing a strong body of works from international private and institutional collections. By including elaborate sculptures, accusatory installations and tenacious imagery, the exhibition provokes observant attention to the prevailing phenomena of society. [Source]
The Aalto University School for Arts, Design and Architecture Helsinki, the Finnish Embassy in Berlin and Gallery TAIK are proud to present a group exhibition of five of the most promising artists from the very young generation of the Helsinki School: Eeva Hannula, Jaana Maijala, Tanja Koljonen, Nelli Palomäki, and Maija Savolainen.
The opening reception of the exhibition, entitled At the End of the Rainbow, will be held on Wednesday, January 16, 2013, 7 – 9 pm
Exhibition: January 17 – March 3, 2013
Mo-Fr 10 – 19 Uhr, Sa-Su 11 – 16 Uhr
Felleshus of the Nordic Embassies
From 28 – 30 September 2012, NORDLICHTER presents a festival that is not limited to specific musical genres but concentrates on the interaction amongst them in the different projects of the festival. A central part of NORDLICHTER is the commissioning of new pieces by young composers from both the Nordic countries and Berlin. Also central to the festival is the close collaboration with Berlin-based artists and ensembles that create a strong connection to the music scene in Berlin and increase the exchange of artists between the participating Nordic and Baltic countries.
NORDLICHTER 2012 relies on new exciting synergies and with thematic lines running through the different projects of the festival. With different partners from the five Nordic countries, own and common productions from acoustically experimental sounding spaces through staged concert performances will form the programme. With the experimental music-theatre-work Screams there will be an important new work featured by the German composer Timo Kreuser in collaboration with Norwegian artists, the result will be presented with 2 performances in the hall of the Radialsystem V.
NORDLICHTER will also present a varied choice of works by the great Danish composer Per Nørgård, whose 80 years birthday in 2012 will be celebrated throughout Europe. There will be different aspects of his life-work on the programme, from chamber music to choral and staged works. As ensemble in residence at NORDLICHTER 2012 the Danish National Vocal Ensemble/DR will be closely connected to ensembles and artists in Berlin and will present many aspects of choral music. Their presence at NORDLICHTER will be the choir’s first performances in Berlin. With the new project Sounding Stories there will be a strong focus on pedagogical work with pupils and students during the festival. In collaboration with different schools in Berlin as well as artists from the Nordic countries ‘Young Composers’ will get the chance to create and present new works they will be composing together with professionals, as well as ‘Young Journalists’ will be inspired to develop there sense of reception on music whilst being coached by professional journalists to write and report about music.
In collaboration with Radialsysetm V and several Nordic festivals the first edition of NORDLICHTER in 2010 was a great success; 35 ensembles and artists from the Nordic countries and Berlin performed and premiered pieces by 15 Nordic and Berlin-based composers. Two focuses for the 2012 edition of NORDLICHTER are the further development of cultural partnerships between Berlin and Nordic cultural actors and festivals as well as an active engagement of young audiences in both artistic production and communication.
Today, PLATOON KUNSTHALLE Berlin is opening its doors. the mobile building, consisting out of 34 cargo containers, will stay at Schönhauser Allee 9 for the next two years.
PLATOON and invited curators designed the program, which will feature symposiums, workshops, lectures and events. the opening will be in the tradition of our legendary PLATOON DONNERSTAGSBAR. we invite all members, friends and supporters to celebrate with us this thursday.
the program for the first two weeks
thu 19th july · PLATOON KUNSTHALLE opening
fri 20th july · Culture Talk: Sellout? the relation of culture and brands
mon 23rd july · Movie Night: Berlinized – Sexy an Eis
wed 25th july · Berlin Legends: Dimitri Hegemann
thu 26th july · Donnerstagsbar
sat 28th july · Chessboxing: who is the smartest toughest guy in Berlin