The Interns Diary (part 8)

Text and pictures by Sarie Nijboer

Dear diary,

I'm already at the half way point of my internship… and because living in Berlin feels so normal I decided to go to Copenhagen for a weekend… Berlin is sooo boring and of course there is nothing that I've missed this weekend… no expos, no parties, no reading…
Argh… why did I go away?

After a bus journey with Berlin Linien Bus of 7.5 hours (back home just takes me 12 hours) I arrived in Copenhagen at 06:00 in the morning.
Good looking people… all these shops… all these clothes… I love Scandinavian style… but Sarie, just look… don't buy… just look… argh… I couldn't help but buy it...

Pretending to see some culture and arts of Copenhagen, we went to Kunsthal Charlottenborg, in the middle of the center. A nice old building at this time showing three exhibitions.
One of the exhibitions is of Simon Starling and his puppet show (this would be a performance I'd like to see). The other room was filled with the work of Nina Beier, a Danish artist based in Berlin, and the last room with a researchprogram of the Belgian curator, writer and editor Dieter Roelstraete.




Simon Starling, The Expedition, 2011, Wood and glass construction; puppets, stage set, lights, audio equipment and additional paraphernalia.
 
That was all for arts… partying was the only thing left to be done…
We ended up in something like a great old storehouse. Cold but crowded with live rock&roll music… actually it was all about the launch of a magazine… whose name I forgot… and which I didn't see anywhere in the place…
Dancing and drinking jägershots to get some warmth…  coats and scarves are Copenhagen's new dress code.

We stayed at a great hostel called Sleep in Heaven which actually felt like heaven after a rainy day…
We had breakfast at Kaffebar for just 20 euros… it's so cheap…

Saturday night was saved for a great, awesome, fantastic evening with the live music of Trentemøller! Wow this was amazing…
It was in an old building as well which is located in Fristaden Christinia (the community in the center of Copenhagen). Lovely evening, lovely weekend… lovely trip.

Trentemøller concert at Den Grå Hal, Christiania – Copenhagen
Sunday: going back… going to Berlin… to another great city… going back home...

My internship at Bpigs has gone by so fast… Despina asked me if there was anything I wished for or would like to change about my internship… I hadn't even thought about changing… for me staying in Berlin and interning at Bpigs and Atelierhof Kreuzberg is the only thing I want to do right now, and there is nothing I would like to change about that…

Every Monday and Tuesday I'm working for Bpigs, and it's great, but two days are too short for all the things that need to be done… although I could start earlier every day… but that doesn't sound like a possibility to me.
Despina is the person who has thousand and a million ideas at the same time… she called me the tireless assistant, but I think she is the one who's tireless. That's the great thing about new ideas… they give you energy…

I feel more and more a part of Bpigs and Atelierhof Kreuzberg… it feels like a real job which is good because I feel more responsible… but it's also scary because I feel more responsible…

On Wednesday I had an interview with the owners of Vierter Stock, Creixell and Dirk. I had to drive to far, far Wedding, but it was more than worth it because meeting people who love what they are doing is great; seeing new spaces and seeing new artworks is great too, but having an interview with people who are more experienced in the art world is also a bit scary. I have a long way to go if I want to be a curator; I have to learn a lot about how things work in the arts and with this interview I felt like such a rookie but… hey… I'm still learning and maybe one day I will be able to have my own Independents Guide or Atelierhof.

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