The city is more than a collection of houses and people, and stretches far beyond the streets or skyscrapers. Those lights glistening from streets, offices and building blur together to dazzle and bewitch us, and make the city more than the sum of its parts. A complex entity, the city is the subject of an exhibition of photography from the nineteen photographers of Berlin’s Ostkreuz Agency. “The City, Becoming & Decaying” is on display at the Aratoi Wairarapa Museum of Art and History in New Zealand, in partnership with the Goethe-Institut.
In terms of winter storms, the Weather Channel has been naming US winter storms on its own volition since 2011 but it’s not part of any official system. In Europe however, ordinary citizens and companies have been able to “Adopt a Vortex” since 2002. This program is run by the Free University in Berlin which has been naming storms since 1954, and proceeds support weather monitoring by students at the institution. A low weather system goes for 199 euros, high weather system are 299 euros because they generally have a longer lifespan. According to Spiegel, the adopter also receives “detailed material, including weather maps, charting the ‘life story’ of the weather system.”
Canned Air from New York City – on sale on Etsy for $10 (by photographer Kirill Rudenko)
With all the talk of the guy selling rocks from Brooklyn, we were reminded of this Etsy listing by Prague-based photographer Kirill Rudenko selling Canned Air from various cities. These $10 cans of air have various positive effects, as the listing describes, each can “relieves stress, cures homesickness and helps fighting nostalgia.”
Even though Berlin’s Eisfabrik (Ice Factory) has National Heritage status, it’s already in the process of being demolished. Some of the surrounding cold stores have already been demolished in January 2011. Regular commuters between Kreuzberg and Mitte, or frequenters of Berlin’s Sage Club, Tresor or KaterHolzig clubs have witnessed the decline of these abandoned buildings for years. According to the Irish Berliner, the ice factory is “one of Germany’s oldest, which managed to survive two world wars, several fires and countless parties but is about to meet its fate at the hands of developers to make way for luxury apartments.”
Between Wedding and Gesundbrunnen stations on the Ringbah (the Berliner inner loop line), an abandoned building full of graffiti is clearly visible from the train tracks. Despite the area’s abandonment, the site has become a haven for street artists featuring some remarkable pieces.