Take a scroll through our final & first tips of the year! For the last weekend of 2017 we recommend: Friday night out at Blank and/or Säule, easy Saturday afternoon with books & arts, pamperings and treats and champagne toasts all Sunday & midnight kisses for a happy new year. Although we went easy on NYE parties this time, we don't mean to ignore it completely -- we'll still gladly receive any fun tip you might have and add it to our list.
Stay strong, take care & love more in 2018!
23.59 Room 4 Resistance: Sylvester Rave Queerness @ about blank
WHY: Room 4 Resistanceis a Berlin-based queer femme forward collective focused on community-building and creating safer space & visibility for underrepresented artists in dance music. R4R runs parties, hosts radio shows and curates panels to promote women, gender queers, non-binaries, trans, black and POC artists, to explore the political dimensions of the dance floor, and to create bridges between different communities. Don't miss their last party of 2017!
about blank / Markgrafendamm 24c, 10245 Berlin, S Ostkreuz / more info
23.59 Janus @ Säule
WHY: Gabber Eleganza is a web archive for the aesthetic side of post-rave and gabber culture founded by Alberto Guerrini, who has been making gabber-inspired music under the same moniker. In addition to channeling one of the most obnoxious and exhilarating music genres in their last 2017 line-up, Janus will go festive with DJ sets from Yves Tumor, Lotic & Amnesia Scanner. The latter are Ville Haimala and Martti Kalliala (formerly Renaissance Man) bringing absurd, overblown sample / club / pop sound under a new alias.
Säule / Am Wriezener Banhof, 10243 Berlin, S+U Warschauer Str. / more info
11.00 Book Bazaar @ C/O Berlin
WHY: For those who plan on saving their energies this weekend for the New Year's Eve, we recommend spending an easy Saturday afternoon on the West – at the C/O Berlin among their inventory on sale. Photo books, magazines, catalogues, sample copies, posters—from large print-run publications to signed collectors’ pieces. Anyone interested in photography will have the opportunity to purchase these coveted objects, representing the work of both renowned photographers and talented young artists, at reduced prices and special conditions in the Book Shop.
C/O Berlin / Hardenbergstr. 22, 10623 Berlin, S+U Zoologischer Garten / more info
16.00 3AM: Bringing the Books to Life @ Kunstfabrik A. Flutgraben
WHY: This edition of 3AM is organized around bringing books into life through events, and the open call that invited people to contribute with a book on practice. 10 entries have been selected to be presented during 3AM: performances, workshops, immersive installations, walkabout tours etc., and each one accompanied by a book. The presentations, will be followed by an afterparty starting at 23h.
Kunstfabrik A. Flutgraben / Am Flutgraben 2, 12435 Berlin, U Schlesisches Tor / more info
01.00 St Georg NYE 2018
WHY: Club night on New Year's Eve in Berlin is never really worth the trouble. Even though the idea we'll most likely support in practice is that of sipping on the fancy bubbly in the safety of a living room, there's still chance that we too will get infected with madness and find ourselves fumbling through the party warzone. For that case we've prepared a safe-bet scenario: St. Georg from 1am on with a fun mix of djs (TRADE crew and many more) and without insane door prices. We're intrigued.
St. Georg / Ritterstr. 26, 10969 Berlin, U Moritzplatz / more info
19.00 Hauschka with Alma Quartet & Ava Bonam @ Roter Salon
WHY: Spending the evening in theatre with the musical 'crème de la crème' is one of the classier ways to start the new year. In the cosy ambient of Volksbühne's Roter Salon, Hauschka will perform his traditional New Year’s concert with support from the Alma Quartet. The result of this collaboration is a mosaic of pop, classical, avant-garde and electronic music. Ava Bonam will fill the first half of the evening with elegant piano arrangements condensed around spherical vocals.
Volksbühne / Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, 10178 Berlin, U Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz / more info
18.00 Okka-Esther Hungerbühler – „Willkommen im neuen Jahr“ @ Philipp Haverkampf Galerie
WHY: If you're not familiar with the work of Okka-Esther Hungerbühler but the name rings a bell, it is probably because you remember her as the winner of the Berlin Art Prize 2014. The artist has been recently busy producing new work in the residency at Villa Concordia in Bamberg, and preparing a solo show at Philipp Haverkampf Galerie in Berlin. Starring the exhibition titled "Willkommen im neuen Jahr“ are "Der Butterfly", "Die blaue Blume" and "Der Wurm", three new robotic sculptures by the artist.
Philipp Haverkampf Galerie / Mommsenstr. 67, 10629 Berlin, S Savignyplatz / open through 17.02 / more info
19.00 Mixed Realities.Of Dreams and Dreads @ Scotty
WHY: Scotty is hosting a screening of experimental films and videos by artists who are expanding the boundaries of the medium through their artistic research, both in regards to content and to the medium itself. After sunset the videos will be shown in the shop window of the gallery. The selected works reflect visions of either present or future times and suggest new forms of representation. While the depicted figures, objects and gestures are familiar through its use in the media, the enormity of what is shown becomes apparent only through the artistic interventions, which put our perception of reality to the test.
Scotty / Oranienstr. 46, 10969 Berlin, U Moritzplatz / open through 17.02 / more info
18.00 Beyond the Exhibit. Contextualising Emerging Iranian Artists @ Katharina Maria Raab
WHY: The starting point for "Beyond the Exhibit" is the observation of the lack of an institutional system for contemporary art in Iran, the lack of international exchange, and the shortcomings in the field of education. The exhibition project introduces young Iranian artists born after the Islamic Revolution of 1978/1979. The title indicates that the project goes beyond the mere presentation of works; all contributions are accompanied by interviews with the participants, initiated, directed and filmed by the artist Shahram Entekhabi. These videos shed light on the respective artistic careers, the social position of the artists, the conditions of production, and their theme world.
Katharina Maria Raab / Keithstr. 5, 10787 Berlin, U Wittenbergplatz / open through 21.01 / more info
16.00 Rafael Ibarra @ Haus am Lützowplatz
WHY: On the last day of the exhibition of the Meisterschülerpreis of the President of the UdK 2017 at the Haus am Lützowplatz, Rafael Ibarra once again presents the ephemeral sculpture "Untitled", which premiered at the opening on November 30. It is also the last opportunity to see the exhibition of works by the three awarded artists – Lisa Peters, Gary Schlingheider and Rafael Ibarra. Few days earlier, the award ceremony of the Diffring Prize that has been awarded to Gary Schlingheider will also take place there.
Haus am Lützowplatz / Lützowplatz 9, 10785 Berlin, U Nollendorfplatz / more info