Picture of the Day – Autumnal Evening Sky

Two pictures taken between 5pm and 6pm in October in Berlin this week. Who said this city becomes dark and depressing* outside of summer?

Neukölln nights

Neukölln nights

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*Lots of people and in winter they are damn well on the money

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StandardFact in Berlin – Don’t Call it a Comeback

It has been 3 months (give or take) since the SF towers have had anything worthwhile to report. London was cold and bleak, the mac had given up the ghost and a general lackadaisical air had descended upon the SF blog.

A bit of German love

A bit of German love

A change of scenery, an injection of newness, an electricity which can only be born from jacking it all in, bidding farethewell to friend and loved ones, walking in to work one day and quitting, giving away loads of clothes and trainers, renting out your flat, and booking a one way ticket to Berlin. Well if it is good enough for Bowie and Iggy Pop then who are we argue?

So from here on in the focus is a much more German feel with small sojourns to Paris, London, Amsterdam, Brussels and beyond.

In the first 3 days of SF in BLN we hit a Ru Paul inspired drag show at Südblock, then went to Sprüth Magers, then to Hercules and the Love Affair, followed by park walks and then on to Nine Inch Nails in a deserted castle.

Stay tuned! Viel Spaß

H&LA

H&LA

NIN - Liked it even if it was just the artwork

NIN – Liked it even if it was just the artwork

Fun to stay at the Lego YMCA

A weekend spent at a house with little people basically involves a lot of building Lego kingdoms, spaceships, cars, trucks, airports, schools, shops, homes, castles, dungeons and it would appear clubs for homosexuals. Brilliant to see 2014 and Lego is driving diversity and a sense of humour.

SF presents the Lego Village People

Diversity in children's toys

Diversity in children’s toys

Lady Kate Moss – La Moss – A Birthday Picture or two

16th January… exactly one week since La Moss hit 40 and now the dust has settled it is time to share a couple of pictures of the heroine.

SF fave picture ever

SF fave picture ever

La Moss in McQueen

La Moss in McQueen

La Moss chanelling Bonham-Carter

La Moss chanelling Bonham-Carter

It just so happens that LA Moss is a January baby…. the month that all the best people are born in…

Berlin – Kater Holzig – Another German Gem

So much to spot....

So much to spot….

Another weekend in Berlin and yet another little surprise uncovers itself. Another place which works in the daytime, the nighttime, the winter, the summer, for music, for food, for drink and for shopping.

It is how the Berliners do it.

Head to Michaelkirchstrasse for Kater Holzig

Is that Adele?

Is that Adele?

This place is a flea market during the day with everything you can ever imagine from MJ DVDs to roller boats to gold lame to shell suits to fabulous fancy dress. A veritable banquet for the senses.

Agynes Deyn kinda

Agynes Deyn kinda

There is some hilarious wall art and some cool stuff and it is hidden. We like hidden at SF. There are mice, big heads, manikins covered in newspaper, flashing lights and paint up Nike Air Max 1s.

Dude

Dude

In the summer there will be big parties as well, open air and buzzing with the usual alternative Berlin crowd. It looks like this

Party ja

Party ja

A trip to Disneyland Paris reveals Captain EO

Captain EO

Captain EO

When it comes to new experiences, we work by the hypothesis that you should always try everything. So the trip to Disneyland at the age of 30+ sans children might have been a smidgen odd. Not So.

Apart from the charming Disney characters, the adrenalin pumping roller-coasters, the far from healthy snacks and the garish wonderland of colours, there is something quite brilliant. Well if we can be so bold as to opine. Almost a masterpiece

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A simple equation Francis Ford Coppola plus George Lucas plus Michael Jackson with a touch of Anjelica Huston in a 4D mini movie set in space featuring implausible puppets, a zany story line and MJ throwing down some trademark moves. Plus MJ is wearing an outfit even more slick than Eddie Murphy in Delirious. I give you Captain EO

The outfit

The outfit

To give away the story is a crime but the basic outline is that MJ is the leader of delinquent crew featuring amongst others a mini-elephant-type-being called Hooter and their trip to redemption as MJ aims to complete a mission.

When the lines between pure unadulterated quality and otherwordly campery crap are this blurred, you find yourself lost for superlatives.

Picture of the Day – Adrian + Shane

Something from Soho today.

Adrian + Shane are a couple and a couple of artists. They are really quite cute on their Instagram page and generally if you wonder around London and Berlin you can spot signs they have been there. See below.

Adrian + Shane

Adrian + Shane

SF will revisit these lovely chaps in more detail another time

James Cauty gets a little bit apocalyptic

Feeding destruction

Feeding destruction

The exhibition is called James Cauty, The Aftermath Dislocation Principle Parts I and II, part of the Frieze month of art in London town and quite something to behold.

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James Cauty has created a politically aggravated piece which shows a cityscape once it has been ravaged by some form of mass destruction, it appears all humans have been killed apart from the Police and the Media. Interesting that the only ones to survive would be those who would control the message and the fallout of such a disaster.

Urban decay

Urban decay

The Arch 402 gallery on Cremer St nr Hoxton tube features a just one piece and it is impressive in it’s size and scale, it is at chest height so you are looking at the scenes unfurl at a perfect height. Amongst the destruction there are little signs of humour such as the KFC sign changed to say ‘Jimmy made us do it’ (as in Savile) or one of the Police figures playing golf as the city burns, or the masses of Police feasting at Burger King and playing on a slide or numerous other pieces that you can find yourself.

Par four

Par four

Burning religion

Burning religion

Ariel view

Ariel view

Another little side note is to say that Mr Cauty is formerly one half of KLF and also a part of Orb.

I’m Culcha – Yeezy

Kanye, Kanye West, Kanye Omari West, Yeezy, Ye or God. A few of the names for Kanye. Others have less flattering ones for this rapper-come-designer-come-inventor-come-businessman-come-rockstar-come-cultural icon-modern day God.

Recently Kanye drew howls of derision for his ‘performance’ in three part interview with Zane Lowe for Radio1, but for why? For being a bit too brash? For being stupendously opinionated? For calling out the fashion snobs who ignore his ‘genius?’ For being just a little shouty? For the Mr. T esq gold chain? For failing to show a modicum of humility?

F*$k that, SF loves the guy for all those reasons, he is borderline ridiculous, but he makes amazing music. He is louder than a motorbike and what he has to say sometimes is a little non-sensical. But at least he says it with passion and believes it. He isn’t playing lipservice to anyone.

And boy can Yeezy rap. Yeezus is a brilliant piece of music