Sunday, 6 March 2016

Snapshots of Berlin

Last month I joined Laurie on a creative adventure to Berlin to visit Transmediale festival, in order to inform his current residency at Birmingham Open Media and my own investigations into wellbeing & technology with this year's thematic strands of Anxious to Act, Anxious to Make, Anxious to Share & Anxious to Secure. My second visit to the city, we stayed in an apartment near Hauptbahnhof, enjoying little trips to explore Kreuzberg and grab a burger, do a spot of vintage shopping at Humana near Alexanderplatz, and a walk through Narnia / Tiergarten.

1. Me in the Carillion, a freestanding 42m-tall tower next to Haus der Kulturen der Welt.
2. Exploring Berlin-Tiergarten.
3. Menschen in der Stadt by Mehmet Aksoy at Menschenlandschaft Berlin.
4. Mango-curry tofu burger, ketchup & fries at Burgermeister, Oberbaumstra├če 8, 10997.

Whilst the Transmediale programme was packed to the brim, some of my favourite moments of the trip were our mini adventures after everything had wrapped up for the day, in particular walking over to Brandenberg Tor and hunting out a photoautomaat machine in the middle of the night, making use of one outside the totally bizarre TrabiWorld am WELT-Ballon at Zimmerstra├če 97. I love Berlin's raw creativity and unabashed acknowledgement of its history. Not to mention, Club Mate has a very special place in my heart, and - living up to it's title as the vegan capital of Europe - I even got a fucking fantastic burger out of it, served from a converted public toilet. Dreamy.

To follow along with more photographs from my travels, you can connect with me on instagram @byngcam

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