Berghain has officially reopened its doors as an art gallery.
The plan for the venue to temporarily shift its focus to an art exhibition was initially revealed last month. Staff previously working at the club have been retrained as tour guides, while the front of the club has been draped with a banner that says "Morgen ist die frage" (meaning "tomorrow is the question").
Each of Berlin's 12 district mayors have been called upon by the city's local government to seek out open-air spaces that are fit to safely host club events amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The history of underground house and techno will be celebrated across four films screening next weekend, at new audio-visual gallery The Store X in Berlin.
A collaboration between Frieze and Gucci, 'The Second Summer Of Love', will present films celebrating the cultural impact of that seminal moment in dance music history, 30 years on.
The first film, Wu Tsang's 'Into The Space Of Love' is "a magical realist documentary that explores the legacies of house music rooted in New York underground culture."
“I’d work from six in the morning until 10 in the evening, in February, up to your waist in cold water in those rubber pants. You come home, eat your microwave lasagna and go and cry in your bed.” Fritz Kalkbrenner, techno-soul superstar, is on Skype in Berlin, describing working construction jobs after dropping out of high school at age 17. Presently 33, Fritz remembers Germany before the unification; East Berlin was never a fun place to begin with.
Booka Shade, bratwurst, Berlin, bier and, well... a 600 strong smartphone 'orchestra'. This is how the Frankfurt duo spent last weekend, with DJ Mag in attendance, trying something very special.