Artconnect Berlin loves Gestalten. As a result, we want to share the love and excitement by offering you yet another give-away! This time it’s all about Berlin in the 90’s during its wild years. Even though those years may seem to have long passed, their effect is still seen all over Berlin and made it what it is today. Gestalten’s Berlin Wonderland brings this time of upheaval, resistance and rearrangement back to life by including more than 200 photographs. Anyone that’s interested in a little bit of Berlin history presented in a fabulous visual way is recommended to get their own copy. So what do you do now? Click and read more in the post!
About the book
When the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, artists, punks, anarchists, squatters, visionaries, and oddballs discovered the no-man’s-land behind it—a practically lawless zone in the heart of the city. Unbridled creativity was unleashed in the free spaces among the crumbling façades of old buildings. A variety of clubs, bars, techno parties, galleries, uprisings, and exhibitions sprung up, among them the well-known institutions Tacheles and Schokoladen. These new spaces became a magnet for young people from around the world, who flocked to the burgeoning scene. These wild years may seem long past, but their effect is still palpable and has made Berlin into what it is today. The city’s well-established reputation as a creative hotspot is partially grounded in the myths of the riotous 1990s.
In its more than 200 photographs, Berlin Wonderland brings this unique time of upheaval, resistance, and rearrangement back to life. Looking at the sleek shops and buildings of Berlin’s Mitte district today, it seems practically impossible that these photos were taken only 20 years ago. Yet that part of the city has indeed undergone radical change since then—on streets where ruins and piles of rubble once stood, tourists now stroll in droves. Twenty-five years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, it is time to tell the visual story of an extraordinary time in the Mitte district’s history that only few experienced. The striking photography in Berlin Wonderland is supplemented by interviews and quotes from those who shaped its subculture.
Musician and photographer Chris Keller has lived in Berlin since 1990. He is a founding member of the Elektronauten and has lived and worked in spaces including Tacheles, IM Eimer, Synlabor, and Schokoladen. Anke Fesel has also lived in Berlin since 1990. She managed a variety of events—including Laut + Luise, a concert series for new music—at spaces including Tacheles, IM Eimer, and Schokoladen. She started her career as a designer for the city newspaper scheinschlag. Today, she is the director of the graphic design studio capa. In 2007, Keller and Fesel founded the photo agency bobsairport. They now represent more than 80 photographers, most of whom are based in Berlin.
Text via Gestalten
For the release of Berlin Wonderland, a weekend photography exhibition will be held from 5th- to the 7th of June at Urban Spree Galerie. The pictures from the book will be exhibited there and makes the perfect opportunity to check it out. An event that really isn’t to be missed!
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