Posts Tagged: Weimar

Dress-down Friday: Else Lasker-Schüler

Five stages in the sartorial self-actualisation of writer Else Lasker-Schüler as she moves through Germany, Switzerland and Palestine.

Dress-down Friday: Else Lasker-Schüler

Five stages in the sartorial self-actualisation of writer Else Lasker-Schüler as she moves through Germany, Switzerland and Palestine.

Dances of Vice, Horror & Ecstasy

“The book is saturated with an air of morbidity and decadence; death, dreams, torture, sex and sensuality proliferate often combined with a narcissistic homosexual undertone.”

Dances of Vice, Horror & Ecstasy

“The book is saturated with an air of morbidity and decadence; death, dreams, torture, sex and sensuality proliferate often combined with a narcissistic homosexual undertone.”

Summer Flowers

In writing about people who died long ago, frequently in obscurity, it’s heart-warming to know that their secret influence continues to erupt in unpredictable locations around the globe.

Summer Flowers

In writing about people who died long ago, frequently in obscurity, it’s heart-warming to know that their secret influence continues to erupt in unpredictable locations around the globe.

Dodo’s return

While they bore a surface glamour, Dodo’s images were both jaded and jaundiced, as if attempting to market the Expressionists’ brand of caustic cynicism to blasé sophisticates as a desirable lifestyle option.

Dodo’s return

While they bore a surface glamour, Dodo’s images were both jaded and jaundiced, as if attempting to market the Expressionists’ brand of caustic cynicism to blasé sophisticates as a desirable lifestyle option.

Berlin symphonies

Watch these films closely enough and you’ll find all sorts of parallels, but what struck me most about the more recent depiction is how much slower, less industrial and depopulated Berlin seems.

Berlin symphonies

Watch these films closely enough and you’ll find all sorts of parallels, but what struck me most about the more recent depiction is how much slower, less industrial and depopulated Berlin seems.

Algol

What is this spectral vision of writhing, lascivious, satanic, vampiric glamour? This black-hearted, blasted bastard child of a temple whore and a hound of hell?

Algol

What is this spectral vision of writhing, lascivious, satanic, vampiric glamour? This black-hearted, blasted bastard child of a temple whore and a hound of hell?

Dress-down Friday: Sebastian Droste

Sebastian Droste dropped anchor in New York like a swishy Nosferatu and tried to seduce the city with his own remix of druggy Weimar dread and an assumed barony, an exotic manifestation of Mitteleuropa in the New World.

Dress-down Friday: Sebastian Droste

Sebastian Droste dropped anchor in New York like a swishy Nosferatu and tried to seduce the city with his own remix of druggy Weimar dread and an assumed barony, an exotic manifestation of Mitteleuropa in the New World.

People on Sunday

We see ordinary Berliners enjoying a summer of empty squares, busy streets, crowded lakes and quiet balconies. It’s a heartbreaking portrait of the sunlit city at ease, a vivid portrayal of insouciance which was soon to disappear along with many of the streetscapes depicted in passing.

People on Sunday

We see ordinary Berliners enjoying a summer of empty squares, busy streets, crowded lakes and quiet balconies. It’s a heartbreaking portrait of the sunlit city at ease, a vivid portrayal of insouciance which was soon to disappear along with many of the streetscapes depicted in passing.

Metropolis of vice

These clips are from a 2005 Canadian documentary about the “legendary sin cities” of the 1920s and 1930s including, naturally, Berlin. Its depiction of Weimar licentiousness is familiar Strange Flowers terrain, but there’s some great footage and thoughtful talking heads.

Metropolis of vice

These clips are from a 2005 Canadian documentary about the “legendary sin cities” of the 1920s and 1930s including, naturally, Berlin. Its depiction of Weimar licentiousness is familiar Strange Flowers terrain, but there’s some great footage and thoughtful talking heads.

Strange Flowers guide to Berlin: part 4

Else was shocked when management barred her entry one day, on the grounds that she didn’t consume enough. “Is a poet who consumes a lot even a poet?” she fumed. And so as the First World War approached, Café des Westens fell out of favour with the avant-garde.

Strange Flowers guide to Berlin: part 4

Else was shocked when management barred her entry one day, on the grounds that she didn’t consume enough. “Is a poet who consumes a lot even a poet?” she fumed. And so as the First World War approached, Café des Westens fell out of favour with the avant-garde.

Strange Flowers guide to Berlin: part 3

The retro-revellers at Bohème Sauvage are responding to a particular idea of Weimar Berlin, a fragile, frantic golden age of sexual license and social mobility, lewd and doomed. The undying allure of the Weimar Berlin evoked by Isherwood’s books ensures that the reality of the city in that era can never be divorced from its fictional echoes.

Strange Flowers guide to Berlin: part 3

The retro-revellers at Bohème Sauvage are responding to a particular idea of Weimar Berlin, a fragile, frantic golden age of sexual license and social mobility, lewd and doomed. The undying allure of the Weimar Berlin evoked by Isherwood’s books ensures that the reality of the city in that era can never be divorced from its fictional echoes.

Strange Flowers guide to Berlin: part 2

At the Weisse Maus there’s a fine line between performer and prostitute, but Anita Berber leaves no doubt that she is not on the menu. She acts up and acts out, urinating on stage, breaking a champagne bottle over a punter’s head.

Strange Flowers guide to Berlin: part 2

At the Weisse Maus there’s a fine line between performer and prostitute, but Anita Berber leaves no doubt that she is not on the menu. She acts up and acts out, urinating on stage, breaking a champagne bottle over a punter’s head.

Strange Flowers guide to Berlin: part 1

Germany’s cultural history generally favours the tortured genius over the wayward maverick, but the period between the First World War and the Nazis’ rise to power in 1933 represented a rare temporal oasis of experimentation, extravagance and eccentricity.

Strange Flowers guide to Berlin: part 1

Germany’s cultural history generally favours the tortured genius over the wayward maverick, but the period between the First World War and the Nazis’ rise to power in 1933 represented a rare temporal oasis of experimentation, extravagance and eccentricity.

Goddess of the night

Anita Berber was hardcore. How hardcore? Leni Riefenstahl was her understudy. In a period when Berlin was rethinking art, politics and life itself, Berber was going further than anyone else, blurring the line between life and performance, setting new standards for scandal and audacity.

Goddess of the night

Anita Berber was hardcore. How hardcore? Leni Riefenstahl was her understudy. In a period when Berlin was rethinking art, politics and life itself, Berber was going further than anyone else, blurring the line between life and performance, setting new standards for scandal and audacity.

Scarlet woman

If confronted with Dix’s 1925 canvas without knowing anything of the sitter, you might imagine her to be an aging, jaded fixture of Weimar Berlin’s demimonde, perhaps a prostitute, performer or drug addict washed up in the low tide of the night.

Scarlet woman

If confronted with Dix’s 1925 canvas without knowing anything of the sitter, you might imagine her to be an aging, jaded fixture of Weimar Berlin’s demimonde, perhaps a prostitute, performer or drug addict washed up in the low tide of the night.

The grotesque burlesque of Valeska Gert

Valeska Gert first made her name in the early Weimar Republic with interpretive routines which expanded the vocabulary of dance just as Expressionist painters were doing in figurative art.

The grotesque burlesque of Valeska Gert

Valeska Gert first made her name in the early Weimar Republic with interpretive routines which expanded the vocabulary of dance just as Expressionist painters were doing in figurative art.