What to do in Berlin in 2012?


@ EastSeven Lounge
@ EastSeven Lounge

Happy new year to all our friends from all over the world!
A lot of great parties and exhibitions are awaiting us in Berlin in 2012.
We have listed up some of the finest upcoming events. Read on and plan your trip to Berlin!


On almost 400 square kilometres – between Glienicke Palace, the Museum at the
Waterplant Friedrichshagen and the Museum of Local History Reinickendorf – more
than 100 museums and cultural institutions are giving access to their exhibitions,
collections and art objects throughout the night, enriched by a variety of events.
There will also be concerts, readings, theatricals and much more.


@ haus der kulturen der welt

transmediale is preparing to get in/compatible in 2012. The theme in/compatible probes the artistic imagination that is developed in a network culture where everything seems to connect, but not all fits in or works together. Under this festival theme we will present a diverse international programme: a two-day thematic symposium, a curated exhibition, an extensive video programme and a performance series which includes the legendary Joshua Light Show. Another highlight is the launch of a new project platform, the reSource for transmedial culture, which will present itself through an experimental programme of workshops, open discussions and performative interventions. The occasion of the 25th anniversary of transmediale will be marked by special screenings and panel discussions. On top of all this, we are partnering up with CTM for a festival Vorspiel consisting of partner events spread all over the city in the weekend immediately preceding our opening.

(Text: Transmediale.de)


Berlin: an exciting, cosmopolitan cultural hub that never ceases to attract artists from around the world. A diverse cultural scene, a critical public and an audience of film-lovers characterise the city. In the middle of it all, the Berlinale: a great cultural event and one of the most important dates for the international film industry. Around 300,000 sold tickets, more than 19,000 professional visitors from 115 countries, including 4,000 journalists: art, glamour, parties and business are all inseparably linked at the Berlinale.

(text: berlinale.de)

Japanese composer and visual artist Ryoji Ikeda has conceived an exhibition for the
Hamburger Bahnhof that, for the first time, compositionally unites the two symmetrical
halls on the upper level of the museum’s east and west wings. The exhibition’s title “db”
(abbr. for decibel) refers to this symmetry while simultaneously indicating the
complementary relationship between the two exhibition spaces.
Ikeda has designed the white room and the black room as counterparts, not only physically
(brightness, color), but also conceptually and perceptually. The project is a composition in
which time and space are shaped through the most minimal use of sound, light and visual
elements. It is the artist’s first solo exhibition in Germany.
Since the mid-1990s, Ryoji Ikeda (born 1966, lives in Paris) has been among the foremost
international composers and artists in the realm of cutting-edge digital technologies and
their integration into visual and acoustic presentations. His works are based on
spatiotemporal compositions in which the musical and visual material is reduced to a
minimum: sine waves, sound pulses, pixels of light and numerical data. He investigates
sound, time and space on the basis of mathematical methods and transforms them in his
concerts and installations into an intense experience for the audience.
The exhibition “db” by Ryoji Ikeda is the latest project in the “Works of Music by Visual
Artists” series, which Freunde Guter Musik Berlin has presented in collaboration with the
Nationalgalerie Berlin since 1999 and, since 2002, also with MaerzMusik, the
contemporary music festival of the Berliner Festspiele.
A project by Freunde Guter Musik Berlin e.V. in collaboration with Nationalgalerie im
Hamburger Bahnhof, Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin and MaerzMusik 2012 |
Berliner Festspiele.
Made possible by funding from Ernst Schering Foundation and
Hauptstadtkulturfonds. With thanks to Gallery Koyanagi, Tokyo.
(Text: HamburgerBahnhof.de)
of cours also a lot of partying in the new year!! you can start for instance this Friday at

What´s on:

Zeitgeist Sessions feat Kingdom & C.R.S.T at Horst Krzbrg

24 – 7:00H
Horst Krzbrg: Tempelhofer Ufer 1; Kreuzberg; 10961 Berlin

Kingdom, C.R.S.T., Martin Lewis, Mene Axelrod, Ill_K
Zeitgeist Sessions takes its winter refuge at Horst Krzbrg!
For the twelfth day edition we have Kingdom (Night Slugs/Fade to Mind) and C.R.S.T.
(Well Rounded/Ten Thousand Yen) joining us.
As for Kingdom: Night Slugs biggest protégé du jour just entered the XLR8R list for track
of the year twice. After having opened a second branch with the Fade to Mind Sublabel
and the Dreama EP just being released, the stateside resident will be eager to play his
amalgam of R&B, HipHop and Contemporary Dance out on this fine Kirsch Audio
soundsystem Horst provides. Not to mention this is his first impact on Berlin…
And as for C.R.S.T.: Comming all the way over from the shores of Cardiff/Wales the
DJ-Collective consisting of Chesus, Raj-Clart, St. Rowdy and Tony Blitz will showcase
some of that inspiration that inhabits their productions on Well Rounded or Doc Daneeka’s
Ten Thousand Yen imprint. None other than Zed Bias warmly recommended their DJ-sets
spiced with lots of Future Garage for the new year to come!

They will be accompanied by upcoming artist Martin Lewis who will give you his definition
of bassmusic with a set of own productions and remixes as a late christmas present. Be
curious about his hybrid of Ghetto Funk, Dubstep and House. And check his little teaser

Mene Axelrod and Biggerdubz’ Ill_K of Impulse/In Beat We Trust fame complete this line
up, taking you on a musical trip through the depths of the subfrequency styles.
Season’s Greetings from Zeitgeist Sessions!

Caboume (garage- fromberlin!)

Starts at 8pm. Also go here for fantastic fast food!!


Cowboy Club, just around the corner from the EastSeven Hostel!!
The band is called Django Lassi and they play gipsy swing music! check it out!

From mid November 2011, the Department of the Islamic Orient will unveil its new
permanent exhibition in newly renovated rooms purposefully allotted to its collection.
Ethnographic collections from Islamic societies can now go on public display for the
first time since the museum’s opening in 1970, when it was called the Museum für
Spread over a total of 850 square metres in four exhibition rooms, ‘Muslims’ Worlds’
takes a look at various topics that continue to play an important role in the way
Muslims perceive themselves and others. Architectural structures, such as the richly
decorated wall of a guest house from Afghanistan, serve as the living embodiment of
various topics, for instance the gender-specific use of space and the convention, now
hotly debated, whereby women are consigned to the private sphere and men to the
Magnificent artefacts from Turkestan, now Central Asia, go some way to answering
questions as to what material cultural artefacts are able to tell us of the identity of the
countries they originate from and what significance historical collections have for
these societies now. The complex diversity of the Islamic religion, its orthodox and
mystical aspects, as well as the phenomena of everyday religious practice are
illustrated through a range of objects taken from various Muslim sources.
All areas of the exhibition include interactive media that give visitors the chance to
experience more on the diverse topics and the social debates surrounding them. (text: http://www.smb.museum.de)


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