Monday, October 29, 2012

Photos From Inside Schloss Charlottenburg

A few photos from the shoot of this week's video "Schloss Charlottenburg Palace (Inside) - In A Berlin Minute (Week 130)".


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Art Imitating Art
Inside Schloss Charlottenburg Palace

Silverware Man
Inside Schloss Charlottenburg Palace

Golden Lady
Inside Schloss Charlottenburg Palace


Serving Tea In The Tea Room
Inside Schloss Charlottenburg Palace

Elaborate Corner
Inside Schloss Charlottenburg Palace

More Angels!
Inside Schloss Charlottenburg Palace

Sanctuary
Inside Schloss Charlottenburg Palace

A few photos from the shoot of this week's video "Schloss Charlottenburg Palace (Inside) - In A Berlin Minute (Week 130)".


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La Sera - "Break My Heart" (MusicMonday)

Vivian Girls founding member Katy Goodman (aka Kickball Katy) and now recording as La Sera has released the debut album La Sera earlier this year. I wonder if all her songs make break-ups sound deceivingly happy as this song "Break My Heart" does.

The video, directed by Cassandra Lee Hamilton, is deceptively happy looking and wonderfully retro - featuring a suitcase full of cassette tapes (not unlike my red suitcase for the same purpose) and animated objects with the strings showing.


La Sera - "Break My Heart" from Hardly Art on Vimeo.


La Sera photographed by Magda Wosinska

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Inside Schloss Charlottenburg Palace - In A Berlin Minute (Week 130)

After showing you the exterior of the Charlottenburg Palace last week, today I'd like to take you inside. 


Schloss Charlottenburg Palace (Inside) - In A Berlin Minute (Week 130) from Luci Westphal on Vimeo.

The opulence and details are quite overwhelming. To bring some of this across I cut parts of the video faster than usual. If you want to see something longer, just pause the video. Also I'll be posting photos on my blog and the Facebook and Google+ pages.

The music is: Händel - Entrance to the Queen of Sheba for Two Oboes, Strings, and Continuo allegro (Advent Chamber Orchestra) / CC BY-SA 3.0


Watch: (Schloss Charlottenburg Palace (Outside) - In A Berlin Minute (Week 129) 



Ceiling Decor in Schloss Charlottenburg
 

Monday, October 22, 2012

Kate Nash - "Navy Taxi" (MusicMonday)

"Navy Taxi" is the B side of the 2007 single "Foundations" by British singer Kate Nash.

This one is personal.

 

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Photos from Schloss Charlottenburg (Palace)

A few photos from the shoot of this week's video "Schloss Charlottenburg Palace (Outside) - In A Berlin Minute (Week 129)".


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Silhouettes on Charlottenburg Palace


Statue of Friedrich Wilhelm I (der Große Kurfürst) in the cour d'honneur of Charlottenburg Palace


Belvedere in Garden of Charlottenburg Palace


Schloss Charlottenburg


Statues on Schloss Charlottenburg


Fortuna Statue - Weather Wane


Bridge Behind Charlottenburg Palace


Orangerie, Schloss Charlottenburg


Big Sword


Bunch of Old Dudes at Charlottenburg Palace



A few photos from the shoot of this week's video "Schloss Charlottenburg Palace (Outside) - In A Berlin Minute (Week 129)".


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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Schloss Charlottenburg Palace (Outside) - In A Berlin Minute (Week 129)

Schloss Charlottenburg (English: Charlottenburg Palace) is the largest palace in Berlin and was originally commissioned by Sophie Charlotte, the wife of Friedrich III (later known as King Friedrich I) in the late 17th century, expanded in the next century and restored after World War II.

Behind the palace is a vast garden, including a waterways, a fountain, a belvedere, a mausoleum, a theater, a pavilion and an orangerie and a few statues.



Schloss Charlottenburg Palace (Outside) - In A Berlin Minute (Week 129) from Luci Westphal on Vimeo.

For this video I focused on the exterior of the palace and the garden. Next week I'll show you the insides of the palace.

What started out as a gorgeous blue-sky autumn day perfect for filming, unfortunately turned a cloudy grey day. So even though it wasn't Kaiserwetter (Kaiser's weather), I hope the royal atmosphere of the place still comes across.


A little detail that intrigued me: the Asian wedding couple getting their photos taken. It reminded me of being in Central Park in Manhattan. 


A detail you might find intriguing: the statue of Fortuna on top of the palace is a weather wane - turning with the wind (and not with the hours as I had originally understood).


The music is: Händel - Entrance to the Queen of Sheba for Two Oboes, Strings, and Continuo allegro (Advent Chamber Orchestra) / CC BY-SA 3.0



Schloss Charlottenburg seen from the garden


Monday, October 15, 2012

The xx - "Chained" (MusicMonday)

... and for the second Music Monday post of the day, I'll refrain from getting too wordy. 

The xx
(Photo by Jamie-James Medina)
The incomparable The xx just released a new video today for "Unchained" off their new album Coexist. It was directed by Young Replicant and made in conjunction with The Creators Project.

Personally I think the video is almost as sad, longing and beautiful as the song.

"Chained" by The xx
 
 

Jenny Owen Youngs - "Sleep Machine" and more... (MusicMonday)

Today there'll be two Music Monday posts, because while I was putting together this one, news broke that the video was released that I'll post in the next one. Just can't resist...

Jenny Owen Youngs
(Photo by Deborah Lopez)

A few months ago I already shared a song ("Love For Long") from New Jersey singer/songwriter Jenny Owen Youngs' current album An Unwavering Band of Light.  Recently I discovered the back-story of another favorite from that album: "Sleep Machine". It's inspired by Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar, as you can read in Jenny Owen Young's own words on her tumblr.

Fan-made video for "Sleep Machine"



I'm dedicating this song to my friend Elke and Das Rote Sofa. And why stop there? The following is one of our current favorites, which also happens to be by Jenny Owen Young and also has a super simple video made by a fan (with the full lyrics)... and an official version that gets bleeped (therefore only half as fun).

"Fuck Was I" (Fan Version)


"F**ck Was I" (Official version)
 

And for those of you, who are not in Germany (GEMA!!!) or are using a proxy, you can also enjoy a bit more upbeat and sexy cover song that's been quite popular at all my dance parties: "Hot In Herre"

Go ahead, take off all your clothes... 

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Photos from Natur-Park Südgelände, Berlin

A few photos from the shoot of this week's video "My favorite Berlin park: Südgelände - In A Berlin Minute (Week 128)".


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The beauty of autumn is when the sun comes through the colored leaves one more time before it disappears behind the clouds of winter.
Natur-Park Südgelände
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Temptress or "The Redhead and the Path"
Natur-Park Südgelände
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Nature Takes Back Over
Natur-Park Südgelände
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Fruits of Autumn
Natur-Park Südgelände
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Can't See The Tracks For All The Trees
Natur-Park Südgelände
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Messages in The Woods
Urban Art in Natur-Park Südgelände
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The Tracks Are Still There
Natur-Park Südgelände
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Nature Will Win
Natur-Park Südgelände
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Write Your Way!
Urban Art in Natur-Park Südgelände
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Leaves on the Tracks
Natur-Park Südgelände
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Colorful Berlin = Colors of Urban Art + Colors of Autumn
Natur-Park Südgelände
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"Die Kunst ist der nächste Nachbar der Wildnis" (= Art is the closest neighbor to wilderness)
Natur-Park Südgelände
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A few photos from the shoot of this week's video "My favorite Berlin park: Südgelände - In A Berlin Minute (Week 128)".


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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Favorite Park: Südgelände - In A Berlin Minute (Week 128)

Excited to share with you a new discovery that has immediately become my favorite park: Natur-Park Südgelände (south area).

This park was once a train yard (more specifically a classification yard or marshalling yard), which has developed into a fascinating mixture of nature, abandoned train remnants (tracks, trains, buildings) and art (graffiti, sculptures).

In a way the quote by Karl Ganser in the beginning of the video, and found twice in the park, says it all: "Die Kunst ist der nächste Nachbar der Wildnis" (= Art is the closest neighbor to wilderness).




Of course, this park reminds me of one of my favorite places in New York City: The High Line, which is a bit more designed and of course in the middle of the urban environment of the metropolis.


If you are in Berlin (or will be here in the future), I highly recommend visiting the park. The best time is probably right now as the leaves change and add to the beautiful color display of the rusted metal, the red squirrel and the lively urban art.


The main entrance is at the S-Bahn station Priesterweg (southern exit). It's open every day from 9 a.m. til dawn. The admission  is 1 EUR. 


The song "Secret Powers" is a brand new song by my dear and talented friend Jason Matherne. You listen to the full song on Grooveshark


You can look at more photos from this video shoot on my personal blog: Photos from Natur-Park Südgelände, Berlin

Monday, October 8, 2012

Favorite Songs from 3rd 1/4 of 2012 (MusicMonday)

It's a bit of a cliché to think of the music we listen to as being the soundtrack to our lives. 

But when I finalize my favorite songs of the quarter every three months, I often get flashbacks of the times I listened to a certain song or of certain experiences, feelings and people. 

With an intense summer like this one, the flood of images, feelings and memories is almost overwhelming. A great way to preserve special times.

For example, the first song "Summertime Is Coming" by Interpol's Paul Banks is still a Brooklyn song... a rather dark and somber song before the whirlwind Berlin summer started. Of course, none of the lyrics should be taken too literally.

Favorite songs of 3rd Quarter of 2012


Summertime Is Coming     -     Paul Banks
Dear Euphoria     -     Wrongkong

Drink, Dance, Play     -     Young Kato
Love Riot     -     Tilly & The Wall
Freedom At 21     -     Jack White
That Girl     -     Noisettes
Where Does Your Heart Belong?     -     The School
Summertime Sadness     -     Lana Del Rey
Cherokee     -     Cat Power
Octopus     -     Bloc Party
End Of The Line     -     Sleigh Bells
Write This Down     -     Maximo Park
Want It Back     -     Amanda Palmer Featuring The Grand Theft Orchestra
I Will Wait     -     Mumford & Sons
Ghost Of A Man     -     Anna Ternheim
The World Moves On     -     Jens Lekman
The Way We Were     -     Paula And Karol
I'm Terrified Of Being     -     Ladylike Lily
Quarantine     -     Bonaparte
No Hope     -     The Vaccines
Guggenheim     -     The Ting Tings


>> PLAYLIST ON SPOTIFY << 



> MUSIC VIDEOS ON CHILL <

The picture on the CD cover I took on Rosenthaler Platz. If you want a CD, you know where to get it. 


Sunday, October 7, 2012

Photos from U1 Subway Video

A few stills from this week's video "U1 U-Bahn Subway - In A Berlin Minute (Week 127)".

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U1 subway chasing birds across Oberbaumbruecke
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U1 subway crossing the Spree via the Oberbaumbruecke
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View from U1 subway: Shadow of Oberbaumbrücke
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View from U1 subway: TV Tower and Spree
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View from U1 subway: ROA street art on Oranienstrasse, Kreuzberg
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Teaser Instagram picture from day of shoot: TV Tower, Spree and clouds
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Thursday, October 4, 2012

U1 U-Bahn Subway - In A Berlin Minute (Week 127)



The elevated U1 subway line became famous through the 1980s musical Linie 1 by the Grips-Theater.

For a long time the train only ran in West Berlin. Now it connects West Berlin's Charlottenburg and Kreuzberg with East Berlin's Friedrichshain via the beautiful Oberbaumbruecke over the Spree River.

In this video I concentrated only on the section between the stations Kottbusser Tor and Warschauer Strasse (with Goerlitzer Bahnhof and Schlesisches Tor in-between) - in both directions. This is the lively section that connects the popular (especially at night) neighborhoods of East-Kreuzberg (SO 36) with Friedrichshain. 

Also it shows some great views of Goerlitzer Park, Schlesische Strasse, Spree, East Side Gallery, Fernsehturm (TV Tower), Lausitzer Platz, Oranienstrasse (with street art by ROA) and of course Kotti (Kottbusser Tor) itself.

The song is called "Bound To Go" by The Mirrors from Gainesville, Florida. Please check out their Facebook page and give them some like: facebook.com/themirrorsgville


For this 1-minute video I doubled up speed of the view out of the window and only showed a few excerpts. The extended version shows the entire ride from Kottbusser Tor to Warschauer Strasse mostly unedited and in regular speed: “View from U1 U-Bahn (Subway) – Berlin – Kottbusser Tor to Warschauer Strasse (extended version)”


U1 crossing Spree via Oberbaumbrücke
You can look at more photos from this video shoot on my personal blog: Photos from U1 Subway Video

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

AWF - Episodes 18 (Today?) + 19 (Future?)

Please check out the last two episodes from my documentary All's Well and Fair: episodes 18 (Today?) and 17 (Future?). 

All's Well and Fair juxtaposes the lives and ideals of three single punk rock mothers on welfare during the 1990s with their realities and opinions ten years later - giving a unique perspective on alternative culture, growth and identity. 

I released for free in episodes online so that you can enjoy it for free in small bites and maybe get involved in the conversation. 


You really don't need to watch the entire documentary to understand, appreciate or engage with an episode. So feel free to watch whichever episode sounds intriguing to you.

List of all episodes HERE.  

However, I believe that these two episodes work best if you've checked out some earlier sections to get to know the three mothers and their children.

If you'd like to watch the whole film in one setting without interruption, I recommend to click HERE, make sure you have auto-play turned on at the bottom of the screen, lean back and enjoy. 

... or you can purchase the DVD via paypal (US and Germany only, please) or amazon.





This is a transmedia documentary, encouraging viewers to participate by telling their own story or opinion. As an inspiration, here is Nick's response to episode 18 (Today?)

Monday, October 1, 2012

Retro Love Songs: Noisettes + The School (MusicMonday)

I'm a bit of a sucker for the modern re-imagination of the 60s retro sound. Also I'm a sucker for love. So when I recently came across these new songs by Noisettes and The School, I thought they'd make a great post together.

The Noisettes from London have changed their sound over time. And while I also like their punk rockish sound, their retro-sounding "Never Forget You" is one of my favorite songs of the last years. 

Their new song "That Girl" (from the album Contact) is in a similar vein and wins extra points with me for the line: "And I don’t wanna hear [...] about her blogs and her tweets." I should probably add that I know about half of my friends in Berlin through Twitter, one way or the other.

"That Girl"
- Noisettes


The School are from Cardiff, Wales, and play the (bitter)-sweetest 60s style retro pop. How can you resist it?

"Where Does Your Heart Belong?" is from their second album Reading Too Much Into Things Like Everything released earlier this summer. 

"Where Does Your Heart Belong?" - The School




P.S.: Originally I was going to post "Cherokee" by Cat Power this week and maybe post these songs next week. But it turns out that owner of the video won't allow embeds from Vimeo, and of course the YouTube version won't play in Germany at all. Their loss.