Intern's Diary

Interns are some of the most important figures in any industry. Hear the fascinating stories and insights from the Bpigs interns and what they learned at the end of the day.

  • by Nathan M., 20 Nov 2013
    Last Friday, I was at the Pop-Up Gallery in Schöneberg - the week's theme was "American artists" and my roommate was showing some of the photographs she had been working on for the past few months. I wanted to support my friends - and I heard there was going to be all-you-can-drink prosecco for five...
  • by Nathan M., 7 Nov 2013
    I’ve been thinking a lot about Van Gogh recently. This might be because I recently watched the episode of Scandal where the team is mailed a disembodied ear. It also could have to do with the beautiful white van in my neighborhood lined with Van Gogh-esque sunflower curtains. I call it “Van Go”. It...
  • by Nathan M., 31 Oct 2013
    There are a few things you get used to while being an intern… -Working for free... Because who has money? (Not interns…) -Minimal direction... I was trained by Adela on a need-to-know basis, which I thought was a pretty effective strategy. Old interns train baby interns! Learn from...
  • by Nathan M., 22 Oct 2013
    If you have been checking your calendar regularly, then you know Halloween is coming up next weekend. If you are avoiding facing the fact that summer is over, just revel in the photograph above of me at a Halloween party my friends and I threw when we were 11 years old. I think this was before Spin-the-Bottle....
  • by Nathan M., 17 Oct 2013
    Do you see that bright red light? When a computer dies, its screen often defaults to a cerulean blue screen affectionately called “the blue screen of death”. Likewise, when the WLAN in my flat fails, our router displays what I like to call “the red light of someone's-going-to-die-soon-if-o2-doesn...
  • by Nathan M., 9 Oct 2013
     While I was debating whether or not to review Starbucks as an artistic institution, Despina suggested it might be more fruitful to check out Döner shops instead—it would be much more Berlin! Up for the challenge, I eagerly biked to Kreuzberg to do some fieldwork. That was probably my first mistake....
  • by Nathan M., 2 Oct 2013
    I grew up on a 30 square-kilometer island. There were between seven and nine Starbucks on our island, depending on whom you asked. As both the cool place to hang out (when you were 12 years old) and a part of your daily routine (when you were 40 and too boring for an independent coffee shop), Starbucks was an integral...
  • Pantone Emerald Paint
    by Nathan M., 24 Sep 2013
    While we waited at Michael Janssen gallerie last week for John Baldessari to arrive (late, against all odds) at the preview reception, Meg Cranston, his work partner, filled us in on the collaborative pieces they had made for their show Real Painting (for Aunt Cora). The colors, she said, were intentionally...
  • by Adela Lovric, 11 Apr 2013
    My social life became significantly richer a few days ago when friends from Croatia moved to Berlin. To Neukölln, to be precise. I learned that you have to be precise with these things; even Neukölln is a broad term. It all mixes and melts there, filters from the uncool and/or dangerous and leaves the...
  • by Adela Lovric, 4 Apr 2013
    This week was inevitably marked by omnipresent holiday spirit. Even in the hallway of my building (or was it sarcastic? -see picture above). I didn't really have the urge to celebrate Easter. For the sake of family tradition I cooked myself an egg. Other than that, I basically waited for Tuesday to continue...
  • by Adela Lovric, 27 Mar 2013
    This was a week of perseveringly getting lost with a map in my hand (what's up with the street numbers and almost identical street names, Berlin?), losing track of very little work I was given to do,  not answering Despina's mails and phone calls and consequently making her concerned about my well-being....
  • by Adela Lovric, 21 Mar 2013
    Trying to explain to my friends what it is exactly that I'm doing in Berlin, except for curing small town depression, led me to a conclusion that I'm a travelling salesman at my best and a delivery girl at my not-so-good. For now, at least. A mindless job, just the type I was hoping for – running around...
  • by Katy Hawkins, 5 Sep 2012
    Unfortunately I've been unable to write the blog for the past 2 weeks as I somehow managed to get Salmonella (which I had half thought was a made-up illness used to ward off children from licking the bowl when making cakes) so I ended up spending a week in the Gastroenterologie ward in Klinikum Friedrichshain (a...
  • by Katy Hawkins, 16 Aug 2012
    As the office that I currently work in is located in the new-new Berlin gallery "hot-spot", situated around the Check-Point Charlie area, I have been attempting to break up the monotony of the working day, or to find some quick-fix through occasional visits to the surrounding galleries. A slightly...
  • by Katy Hawkins, 8 Aug 2012
    Living spitting distance from Simon-Dach-Straße now, has forced me to often ask the question of -what differentiates me from the tourists? Is Berlin more my home that theirs? And, consequently- what makes anywhere your home? Knowing the literal geographical-city, the short-cuts or back routes? Having a job and a...
  • by Katy Hawkins, 1 Aug 2012
    So, to pick up where I left last time... Money One of the things I love most about Berlin, especially when experienced in comparison to London, is that the role of money as a driving component, or force, within society is considerably less prominent – or perhaps people are just better at hiding it here. In...
  • by Katy Hawkins, 27 Jul 2012
    Part Two My involvement with Bpigs has been a bit…haphazard to date. The post you are about to read in now, is approximately 5 months delayed. To summarize … It was February, I was unemployed and running out of money fast …on the brink of a self induced/self indulgent "depression",...
  • by Sarie Nijboer, 10 Jan 2012
    Dear Diary, The start of an internship is never easy. You will like it from day one or hate it immediately. However you will get an overdose of information and discover thousands of new possibilities, which you did not know they existed before. Welcome to the real world! My favourite task has been the weekly...

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