Reflections on Berlin Scenes
Edited By Geoff Stahl
Berlin Capitalism: The Spirit of Urban Scenes: Anja Schwanhäußer
Berlin Capitalism: The Spirit of Urban Scenes
The ruined silhouette of the old brewery contrasts against a moonlit sky. The dark brick walls of the squat pump the profound sounds of the techno beat. Behind the furry curtain, a ‘hippie’ woman with wild curly hair, she moves her bonnet to another corner of the table to uncover the sign displaying the admission fee: 3 Euro. I pay, sign in for the e-mail list and enter the heart of the factory. A giant rusty crook reaches down from the high ceiling. Scrubby looking people mix with cowboy style fashion queens, punk leather jackets mix with vintage evening dress, all dancing to the electric sounds from the DJ’s desk (summary of field notes from 16 Dec. 2002).
[Two weeks later…]
I visit the former GDR Congress Centre at Alexanderplatz for a New Year’s Eve party, organised by another popular party collective. Admission is 10 Euros and I am surprised to see that a Berlin beer company sponsors the event. I find the same crowd plus approximately three thousand similar looking people enjoying the 1960s ambiance of the building. The cupola of the main hall shines like a galaxy. This time, the vintage evening dress look is the majority (summary of field notes from 2 Jan.2003).
For a new year gathering, I visit the Wagenburg (trailer park) ‘Laster & Hänger’, squatting on a former racecoursein the East Berlin...
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