this weekend in berlin

art and bike

just thought i’d post about a couple of nifty things to do this weekend in berlin. firstly, tomorrow starting at 18uhr is the monthly critical mass bike get-together meeting at Heinrichplatz in Kreuzberg. saturday get your vegetable on with the yearly water gun fight between F’hain and X’berg on the Oberbaumbruecke. gather up some rotten veggies and lob them at the opposite neighborhood. waterproof camera gear is a prerequisite.

also on saturday i think i’ll go check out street artist xoooox’s exhibit. the show goes on until sept 10th. also showing right now is the paparazzi photo exhibit showcasing classic stolen shots of stars in the 60’s and 70’s. the helmut newton museum is free on thursday nights, so start your weekend this evening.

as seen on the street

bitte nicht pissen

i was walking around berlin yesterday, and saw the sign pictured above on the wall next to the entrance to an apartment building. yes, it smelled awful there but i could not stop laughing at the sign.

and on the opposite end of the cuteness scale, i almost walked on this kitteh:


feb activity: urban spelunking in berlin

adding machine

so first of all it’s not really spelunking because most of it was above ground, but it sounds better than “exploring abandoned buildings”. i think that february activities can best be summed up as adventuresome. first i had the chance to tour a mostly-empty-for-a-long-time building on unter den linden which used to house various embassies and ddr offices. i snagged the green version of the adding machine shown above, which does plug into the wall but uses a system of rotors to do calculations. when you multiply the rotors go “clunk clunk clunk chunka clunk” for a long time because it is just iterating over addition. the building also featured a huge phone switch complete with hand soldered circuits and ddr era manuals with circuit board layouts so you can clone the whole switch. in other parts of the building there were abandoned piles of keys, holes in the floor, parallel ports in the walls, interflug rotary phones and bullet proof doors. you can see where some electronics were hastily ripped out of the wall, ah to think what sorts of spying was going on in that building.

next up on the docket of urban exploration comes der Flaschenturm, the bottle tower. it is a testament to the power of the graffiti and street artists who reside and travel through this fine city. (photos here). the entire inside is completely blanketed in spray art. the guys i went with were there to do some urban rappelling, who was i to say no? i brought along my climbing harness but as the light was fading fast the photos of the rope stuff were not as well documented as the street art.


i would venture to say that you haven’t really seen berlin unless you’ve been inside at least a few abandoned buildings — that doesn’t even include the squats, converted factories, and spontaneous parties. berlin is rife with left-over structures begging to be reanimated.

so klingt berlin

photos photos everywhere and not a pixel to drink

i'm a gadget hound

so just a quick update post while i am traveling to say that you may not have noticed that i have migrated to a new photo sharing platform. it’s not perfect, but at least private photos don’t have un-private .jpg files associated with them and permissions can be negotiated for more than two groups and sets of photos can be shared with passwords for people that aren’t a member of the site. so the updates you would like to know, instead of using tag, the new term is keyword and the feed of new photos is now found here.

[pictured above: a gorgeous unbuffed s-bahn was live in traffic a little over a week ago in berlin, this is a very rare sighting. parts of the work can be attributed to “fuck your crew”, the others not sure. luckily i was stepping on this beauty and fixed most of the light levels before stepping off the train and grabbing some shots.]