Monday, 29 November 2010

Blog of the Week

Slanted #12 OUT NOW

Beat That If You Can! – “Slanted #12 – Women, Typography, Graphic Design” versteht sich als Bühne für außergewöhnliche und intelligente Arbeiten von Frauen – nicht, weil das so etwas Besonderes wäre, sondern eigentlich eine Selbstverständlichkeit ist. Bei dem Fokus auf das Feld des Visuellen ist es eigentlich zuerst einmal vollkommen egal, von welchem Geschlecht typografische oder grafische Arbeiten verfasst werden. Jedoch ist unbestreitbar und auffallend, dass noch immer relativ wenige Frauen in den Feldern Grafik-Design (etwas mehr) oder Typografie (deutlich weniger) sichtbar sind. Slanted will seinen Teil zu mehr Sichtbarkeit für zumindest einige Schrift- und Grafik-Designerinnen beitragen. Design von Frauen ist nämlich mindestens genauso gut. Beat That If You Can! 


Friday, 19 November 2010

Winners of the Swatch Young Illustrators Award 2010

The YIA 2010 has been decided and the winners are announced. In all three categories of Illustration, Book Art and Animation there has been honored an outstanding artist. In addition there was the "Swatch Special Prize" which was announced by the jury and handed out to a talented Illustrator from France.
The ceremony took place at the "Alte Münzfabrik" in Berlin, Mitte while next door there was the grand opening of the winter season´s "Opium Den" exhibition at Direktorenhaus.
Both events drew many visitor´s attention and gave a glimpse of how it will be at the "Illustrative 2011 Festival" next year may, which will exhibit all the nominees and winners of this years Young Illustrators Award and many more exciting artists.
For a closer look on all the winners and captured moments of the night please visit our website


Friday, 29 October 2010

Swatch Young Illustrators Award 2010

The Swatch Young Illustrators Award, the world’s most important prize for contemporary illustration, will be awarded on November 5th at Direktorenhaus, Berlin. The nominees and the guests from the international creative industries are being welcomed with a grand gala dinner. The jury, consisting of renowned publicists and art experts, will present prizes to the winners in the categories of illustration, animation and book art.

For more information go to


Tuesday, 26 October 2010

A Night at the Opium Den at Direktorenhaus

November 5th from 9pm at Direktorenhaus
Entry with Guestlist spot only - go here to register.

With “Opium Den” a new season opens at Direktorenhaus. On the occasion of the new exhibition Direktorenhaus’ doors are opened on the 5th November for a night of artistic extremes as internationally renowned artists transform the building -- which is located by the old harbour of the Spree river next to Alexanderplatz-- into an unreal and magical scenery. Direktorenhaus will be filled with performance both oblique and subtle that blur the lines between performer and audience. In the Opium Den everything is possible: the dark, the daunting, the psychedelic and the decadent.

Find out more about this by visiting the Direktorenhaus website.


Thursday, 7 October 2010

Blog of the Week

Born in 2005 Providermag is the Italian spotlight pointed on the internationally sneakers culture with the aim to grow this culture in our beautiful country.
Providermag is a cross-channel information of streetwear, music, art, design and events.

Our slogan is “I Love My Sneakers , a message seemingly superficial, but behind which lurks the idea that the shoe is the most important external element representative of the personality of the person who wears it .
Embodying this concept for us the shoes, how can you not love them?

From this slogan were born stickers, pins and t-shirts, including the special black series limited edition sold exclusively in top sneaker stores in Italy, each of which has customized the back of our t-shirt with a phrase that represented the soul of their store.


Wednesday, 6 October 2010

WHO, Talents Agency

WHO is the first creative talent agency in Portugal. At present, it is the only Portuguese agency involved in the exclusive promotion and management of freelance artists.

The agency also manages an online domain/portal dedicated to presenting national and international creative portfolios.

WHO was established in 1999 by Ema Ceveira at a time when there was little support available to new and emerging artists. The majority of local artists lacked job opportunities, marketing, promotion and arts management. WHO was conceived in response to their needs and for the past 10 years, has been providing support and a variety of permanent arts management solutions.


Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Blog of the Week

Atypica is an Argentine art blog based on their magazine "Atypica: for people who do everything for the love of Art".

Atypica observes trends in order to discover new things in design and culture.  It walks the streets taking in the highlights observed by it's eye for the unique.  Atypica listens to the background music and pumps the volume only when it's worth it.  It smells what's coming, what's coming back in and what has past it's used by date.  It feels the ground tremble when something stamps hard, and grabs at what others leave out for being too strange.


Monday, 13 September 2010


"Any customer can have a car painted any colour that he wants so long as it is black.”    Henry Ford
At WEISSWERKSTATT Henry Ford’s iconic statement has been turned on its head. Direktorenhaus is a factory where anything can happen just so long as it’s WEISS.


Thursday, 9 September 2010

Lorenzo Petrantoni's Illustration

Lorenzo Petrantoni's passion for graphic design together that of the period of the late 1800s brings him to create magical illustrations.  Through the assembly of images retrieved from old dictionaries, he gives new life to books, events and characters that would otherwise have been forgotten on the shelves of some dusty bookshop. 


Wednesday, 8 September 2010


On the first floor the FASHION RE:Loaded workshop presents another way of unveiling and exposing presupposed structures. Fashion RE:Loaded is a swap party, to take part you need to bring your no-longer worn clothing to swap for new favourites. 


Blog of the Week

SHIFT BLOG is a Japan-based international blog about creative culture.  SHIFT BLOG shares news, announcements every day, A City Guide For Creative Tourists, and a Concept Store.

Launched in November 1996, SHIFT BLOG transmits international information to Japan and Japanese information back overseas.  Creative Culture is the main focus, articles on art, design, fashion, music, and multimedia can be found.


Tuesday, 7 September 2010

Futuristic Cinema

Film Selection:
-  Live Animals by Tiberiu Bleoanca and Viviana Druga
The intense experience of growing up next to one of Europe's largest petrochemical plants Best Short Doc at Palm Springs International Shortfest 2010
Every family has its ghosts.  Winner of Cinema Eye Best Debut Feature and Best Musical Score
Curated by Pamela Cohn


Monday, 6 September 2010


The JA JA JA NE NE NE series will include installations, performances, lectures, films, music and parties. Check our website for precise details as the residency will be slowly unveiled online...


Sunday, 5 September 2010

How to be an AVANT GARDNER

Do you dream of gardening but have no space? Do you long for that window box of delicious fresh herbs? Do you like the idea of your food scraps becoming compost? 


Saturday, 4 September 2010

"By, With and Of" Exhibition Opening at Direktorenhaus

An exhibition which deals with the peeling back of layers starting quite literally as the second floor of the Direktorenhouse is presented for the first time.

Peter Nencini and Elisa Strozyk explore the textures of the house itself exploring the mid-peel status of the 1930s of building and its DDR legacy. While Daniel Becker creates a beautiful site specific light installation.  

Opens Thursday 23rd September at 19.00h 


Friday, 3 September 2010

9 Doors by TFB

For one night only, 'Team Fucking Brilliant' brings you a feast of experience. Set in the old corridors of Direktorenhaus’ upper floor, TFB present 9 closed rooms to be experienced and have experiences within.


Wednesday, 1 September 2010


Online magazine SHIFT presents DOTMOV Festival 2010, a digital film festival aiming to discover talented creators and provide them with an opportunity to show their works. Works submitted from all over the world will be screened throughout the world venues from November 2010 (screening schedule will be different depending on the venue).

The deadline is September 10th, 2010


Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Live Animals Live Drawing Performance

A live drawing performance to be followed up by a video screening.  Tiberiu Bleoanca and Viviana Druga are inspired by contemporary dance that is abstracted from tradition, freeing the body and mind from restraint. Simple, primitive ways of communicating through movement are pursued.


Friday, 30 July 2010

Design of the Time: Metamorphosis @ Direktorenhaus

“Metamorphosis”.  Open Design City show us how to make a plastic prototype lamp with simple kitchen ingredients. You are invited to participate in the complete production process, you will learn the plastic recipe and have to opportunity to make your very own prototype lampshade from an old jumper.    

12 August 2010 19h at Direktorenhaus


Friday, 23 July 2010

Direktorenhaus: The Tuesday selection of futuristic art films

KS12 bring us a video screening of three interrelated short video documentaries on self reflection in social media followed by a discussion about the techniques and principles behind the processes of Immediation and Autodocumentation.

Direktorenhaus 10 August 2010 21h  


Thursday, 22 July 2010

Call for Young Illustrators Award 2010 Submissions

The call for entries to the 2010 Illustrative Award is now open!!
Deadline 22nd October 2010.


Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Picnic in Foret Noir

Inspired by Olaf Hajek’s illustration Foret Noir from his current exhibition at Direktorenhaus, the “Picnic in Foret Noir” starts with the opportunity to meet the artist himself who will be signing copies of his beautiful book “Flowerheads”, bring your copy or buy one on the night.


Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Peter Nencini at Direktorenhaus

A new edition of Peter Nencini's Handwerk is currently exhibted in Berlin at Direktorenhaus. These works are a prelude to a larger show in September.  Nencini says: "I'm showing thirty boxes... The boxed variant pieces have grown, with markmaking of granular character. Both to magnify surface and to dispense with textual information in favour of something mute."


Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Illustra - Encounter with Books

Beautiful books with good illustrations, although not rare, but they themselves are purchased from many bookshops and rarely even less well presented. We want to make this event feel like good books.