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Berlin to go, english edition, 02/2017

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LOCATION CREATIVE SITE WITH AN INDUSTRIAL CHARM Far away from the usual Prenzlauer Berg hotspots, the “Industriebahn Berlin” is an art and commercial complex in Weißensee that has emerged over the years as a unique creative location representing (sub-)culture and artistic, handcrafted trades. A protected monument today, the building ensemble on the former Industriebahnstraße was originally the site of Ziehl-Abegg-Elektrizitätsgesellschaft, an electricity company founded in 1910 that produced special electric engines until World War II. Also, the first airships to cross the ocean were equipped with transducers made by Ziehl-Abegg. Prior to German reunification, the complex was home to VEB Isokond, a company specializing in capacitors. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, the complex lay idle until the core engine production hall transformed into a concert and event location called “Die Halle.” From 1991 to 1993, it was the site of the Mayday featuring famous techno DJs such as Westbam, Sven Väth and Marusha. In other words, the site counts among the leading birthplaces of the Berlin techno scene and acts as a symbol of the wild 1990s. In addition to techno events, bands such as Kraftwerk, Motörhead, Red BERLIN ART INSTITUTE (BAI) Driven by the innovative concept of creating an international and contemporary art school and residence, the BAI is now an independent site of artistic education and training in Berlin. Founded by Stephanie Jünemann and Ralf Schmitt, the BAI generates its partners from out of a large pool of artists, all the while seeking to organize a broad and flexible range of courses and programs designed to fit the needs of participants operating with a flat hierarchy. In addition, the BAI also launched a residence program that allows students to exchange ideas, receive support and gain access to the art metropolis Berlin. LEM STUDIOS This collective of audiovisual artists concentrates mostly on designing immersive, audiovisual spaces and settings. They are active in a wide variety of independent commercial projects from acoustic scenography (World Expo Shanghai) and stage visuals and music compositions (Deutsches Theater) all the way to their own independent music and art projects. 28

Several studios and commercial enterprises cluster around the “Motorwerk” event location at “Industriebahn Berlin” Hot Chili Peppers and the Ramones also played here. Today, the site is called “Motorwerk” and used especially as a location for corporate events, exhibitions and presentations. For example, it was the site of “Germany’s Next Topmodel” and the Maybelline Show as part of the Berlin Fashion Week. It is also where well-known companies such as Porsche present their products. In the past year, a number of artists, agencies and small craftsmanship operations have set up shop in the vicinity of the Motorwerk. Roughly 80 renters working in the cultural and creative industries are now transforming the old industrial complex into a vibrant location. One of the new inhabitants, the Berlin Art Institute - an innovative, independent art school with a residency program that links international artists with Berlin’s art scene – is having a particular effect on the location. In addition to several creative agencies, a number of traditional handcraft operations and manufacturers have also settled at the Industriebahn Berlin. Whether art glassware, gilding, carpentry, photo ateliers, make-up designers or a scooter shop, the Industriebahn Berlin thrives on the mixture. Text: Anke Templiner Photos: AMATO,, Sebastian Purfürst, GOLDSACHS. Vollholzgut VOLLHOLZGUT The carpenter’s workshop known as Vollholzgut manufactures customized solid-wood furniture designed and implemented according to each client’s specific wishes. The young team led by carpenter Martin Ferner specializes in furniture with natural surfaces, organic forms and bio-connect wood compounds containing no metal. They also use only high-quality deciduous trees from the region. GOLDSACHS As a trained gilder and the owner of Goldsachs, Michelle Sachs feels very strongly about preserving the traditional craft of gilding and fostering the ongoing development of techniques and the creation of new surfaces. At Goldsachs, she refines foundations of all kinds with metal-leaf made of gold, silver, copper and platinum. Especially impressive are her gilded walls and canvases as well as her gold processing on glass. Goldsachs is currently involved in the new gold-plating and restoration of Berlin’s State Opera House. 29

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