Fiction :: An Art & Music Happening :: Fr. Jan. 15

January 9, 2010 by
We proudly invite you to a magnificent one-night only event, in a beautiful candle lit environment where you’ll encounter a quality assortment of film, art, music, people, drinks and more…

Creatives of all kinds: Let’s meet, experience, converse, drink, dance and play!
friday the 15th of January from 8PM @ Skizum Studios Berlin :: Wühlischstr. 12, F-hain :: entrance 3€

“the encounter: series is a traveling, independent venue for interaction between artists and a presentation of their work emphasizing independently produced material.  We aim to provide an alternative, friendlier mode of exposure and distribution for creatives of all disciplines – locally and online”.

2000 doors open
2100 der kleiner ensemble presents
“La jetée” – upstairs

In the Groove-a-torium – downstairs
fredrik blomqvist
sandra kolstad video premiere and live performance
2330 treasure factory – dance & music performance
dj skizum
0230 super special guest dj
0500 dj jouka

*”La jetée”, Chris marker’s awesome play with stills fom the sixties, is re-scored live in the lounge cinema by Jason Arsenault(CN), Bastian Stein(DE) and Dorthe Slej Pederson(DK)+.
*The film program features the world premiere of  Sandra Kolstads first official music video, “When I Wake” – a collaborative animation project by tatr prod.
*Also, renowned rock photographer Jennifer Eberhardt(DE) presents her new animation project.
*Throughout the evening our comfy lounge cinema screens a number of different shorts including works by Jonas Berlin(DK), Emil Falke(DK), Harald Fröysa(NO) and Karl Edvin Endresen(NO), Andreas Othell(DK, Maria Van Veen Aas (NO), Elisabeth Höiberg(NO), Nina Maria Küchler (DE), Kaia Kjos-Kendall (NO/US), Daniel Oslo (NO/IN), Joni Männikkö (SE/FIN) +

Nina Hove(NO) presents 3 versions of “three minutes in somebody’s life” [Photography, video and print]
Jennifer Eberhardt(DE) “birds and superheroes” [Photography]

Sandra Kolstad(NO) and her friends do a set around the launch of new music video music video.
Frederik Blomqvist(SE), Holme Thorstensen(SE), a double base (SE) and a guitar (SE) make their way down through a frozen northern Europe for the evening…and, of course, DJ Skizum + a secret SURPRISE, world famous, special guest dj will keep us a’dancing all night!!
A special note regarding our special guest: We´ve been sworn to secrecy because of certain issues regarding booking exclusivity and so on but I can tell you this, if you dig extremely well composed deep techy grooves with just the right touch of quirky cleverness then you´ll be more than satisfied with this performance…

Until then check our facebook event for updates

– scottie b & tatr

MISSION :: 31.12.09 :: Silvester Extravaganza

December 13, 2009 by

Doors open at 21.00 – 10euro – live acts start at 22:00 – food and drinks avail. MAP

Celebrating the new year is only time when the vast majority of the people on the planet actually have the opportunity to share a common experience with joy and hope.  Gathering together in a euphoric and stimulating environment just seems to be the right thing to do when so many dreams and desires are blooming, busting and booming in the air.  In pursuit of that spirit, I’m happy to announce ‘MISSION’; a soiree worthy of the task…

The Mission for new year’s eve:

Bring together a house full of clever and interesting people in an authentically conscious, groovy and euphoric environment that stimulates all of our senses to engage in creating an inspiring evening truly worthy of remembering on this special occasion.

Some of The Missionaries: (We’re all working together create a real ‘family style’ groovy vibe.)

Internationally famous performing and recording artist/dj/pianist Kelvin Sholar, a special message from Kelvin:

“Ill be doing a set for New Year’s that is very special because it will feature music that I really love, from Electric Miles to Detroit Techno to originals off of my upcoming record (shhhhhh… still a secret). I’ll be Djing from my laptop, with my Mashine Drum unit, and my Novation X-station too. You know how I do, it will be spontaneous and so fresh that you’ll not be able to tell whether it’s live or Memorex. Now, for those who missed my set at Club Tausend, Badeschiff and Raw Temple and complained because you heard about it- you now have no excuse not to show up and show us how funky you can get. My set is from 2am until… I stop. C’mon, inspire me, I dare ya!”

“Groove-a-torium” (downstairs) Performance Schedule:
22.00 – Sandra Kolstad – piano and vocals to make you fall in a dreamy state of love
22.45 – Treasure Factory – an otherworldly improvised dance and music project by Meyrick Kaminski and Miriam Welk.
23.15 – The Gecko‘ – guitar driven hard hitting high energy power pop duo
00.15 – dj skizum – a funky and groovy mash up to make you get down
02.00 – Kelvin Sholar

“Temple of Winter Electro Jives” (upstairs) – all night rotation from 10.00 until 6.00 featuring
dj jouka, jochen otto, matthias chmiel plus some special guests spinning everything from techno/electro to break beats/house and beyond…

Participating visual artists: Mojo 2000, Abe Pazos, Dorthe Pederson, Daniel Oslo, Jennifer Eberhardt, Li Xuxa, Karen Wohlert, Incognegro, Vanessa Morris, Thomas Paalson, Ray Cross (Peripheral Media Projects) +

Your Mission:

RSVP to the special email invite you have received or to, use the invite format to pass along the word to your most clever friends so that everyone’s name appears on the guest list to get in.  Bring yourself and your most clever friends dressed as the Missionary that you are or want to be.  The bar is fully stocked and the waffle iron will be hot…

In The Meantime…


Scottie b

p.s. some nice shots form the last event… (thanks to Dan from tatr productions for the really cool 3-d models of skizum studios!)

An evening of film accompanied by live music :: Di 15.12 – 20Uhr

December 10, 2009 by

Das Keiner Ensemble Presents :

Le Samourai (1967)

Melville’s masterpiece about a contract killer, a modern day samuraï, is the cinematic embodiment of cool. Alain Delon plays a double crossed assasin who stays one step ahead of the law in what becomes a very smart cat and mouse plot. Every single movement he makes is done with a cold calculated precision; the way he puts on his hat, smokes a cigarette, and handles a gun.

Jim Jarmusch paid homage to Le Samouraï with the crime-drama, Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, starring Forest Whitaker as a meditative, loner assassin who lives by the Bushido code.

Where: Skizum Studios, Wühlischstrasse 12. Enter through the Storefront Door to the left of the main entrance.

When: Tuesday December the 15th.

Time: Doors open at 8p.m., Show starts at 9p.m..

Entrance: 2 Euro Minimum Donation.

Midnight Poetry :: Fr 11.12 :: 21Uhr

December 10, 2009 by

Dear Midnight Poetry-lovers!  do not miss the next exciting round of midnight poetry//mitternachtspoesie & come along.  This month:

english-german reading with Michael Heide, Ryan Nash & Gunter Scholtz

@ cosy café & art place  alice gryphius , gryphiusstrasse 10 in berlin-friedrichshain (5 min walk from ostkreuz) – at 9 p.m. (new starting time!!!) – free entry!

further info at


An evening of film accompanied by live music :: Mi Dez 2 – 20.00

November 30, 2009 by

Das Keiner Ensemble (Jason Arsenault & Sven Magnussen) Presents :

Chelovek’s kino-apparatom -Der Mann mit der Kamera

“This playful film is at once a documentary of a day in the life of the Soviet Union, a documentary of the filming of said documentary, and a depiction of an audience watching the film. Even the editing of the film is documented. We often see the cameraman who is purportedly making the film, but we rarely, if ever, see any of the footage he seems to be in the act of shooting! “

Where: Skizum Studios, Wühlischstrasse 12. Enter through the Storefront Door to the left of the main entrance.

Time: Doors open at 8p.m., Show starts at 9p.m..

Entrance: 2 Euro Minimum Donation.


Ausstellung & Soiree :: Jazz Band + Dj :: Do, 19.11 – 20.00

November 15, 2009 by


While most of the city is still experiencing a Mauerfall overkill hangover we are about to celebrate the building of a new wall here at Skizum (MAP) that opens up the border between our gallery upstairs and our event space downstairs.

Our first official reunification event, “Encounter Berlin”, comes to us from tatr productions based in Oslo.  We’ll be screening video works all night long upstairs from international artists.

Starting at 21.00 (sharp) downstairs, I will be performing a theatrical lecture based on the theme of social sustainability with accompaniment by Florina Speth (electro cello) and Phil Cooksey (piano).  Later in the evening jazz vocalist extradinaire Sandra Kolstad and her band will be perform a couple of swinging sets.  In between live sets you can expect to hear some tasty grooves playing on the turntables.

The evening will also feature a live painting installation performed by Maria Torres Subira, a documentary installation of over 500 photos documenting the most recent “encounter” series event.


Sense of dictance – Kaia Kjos-Kendall, NO/US

Terezin, 1944 – Raquel Stern, US

Mumbai express – Virgile van Ginneken, FR

TBA – Olja Koslova, RU

Audiatour – Daniel Oslo, NO/IN

encounter:oslo – tatr prod – collab Intl.

Studio II – tatr prod – collab Intl.

Coconut – tree of life – Les Intouchables, FR/NO/IN

A Special message from the folks at tatr…..

Point of reference: The “encounter:” series is a traveling, independent venue for interaction between artists and presentation of their work. Emphasizing independently produced material, we aim to provide an alternative, friendlier mode of exposure and distribution for creatives of all disciplines, both locally and online.

Last season tatr production were based in Oslo, Norway, organizing several exhibits and productions. An effort culminating in the magnificent collaborative piece “ecounter:oslo”. Check out our online channel to see the piece and trailers for some of the other titles. Enjoy 🙂

Now we’re here in the city of beautiful, peace loving creatives, and we are more than proud to present the first of this winters series of events. In collaboration with Skizum Studios in Friderichshain, we invite you to a laid back, interdisciplinary one-night-only experience.

Save Berlin :: 3 Day Festival :: Nov 13 – 15

November 10, 2009 by

Save Berlin flyer

Save Berlin is a three-day festival of art, music, film and performance in and around the disused swimming pool of Stattbad Wedding (MAP) which aims to catalogue and present ideas about the urban condition of Berlin.  How is the city changing and what can be done to guide that change in ways that are good for the soul of the city?  A German and Turkish description of the event can be found online on the Save Berlin website.

There will be three floors of exhibitions, live performances, installations, films, parties, food and drinks.  Architects, artists, performers, musicians, and other imaginative Berliners will present their ideas and visions. They’ll be revisiting the past, challenging the present and showing their alternatives for the future – in the form of concrete proposals and artistic works.

For my part, I will be performing a theatrical lecture commenting on gentrification and social sustainability with accompaniment by electro cellist Florina Speth in the deep end of an empty swimming pool while bathing in video projections on Sunday, the 15th at 5pm.  Check out the rest of the schedule for other events and festivities:

Friday 13 November:

6 PM till late: Art Vernissage and Opening party with performances, live music and DJs: Brian Mitchell – Guitar, Gosia Winter, Fay Alice Studio, The White Noise Supremacists, The Gecko, Distress, The Shaidon Effect

Saturday 14 November:

12 PM: Saturday Souk – big Berlin bazaar in and around the pool featuring vintage, art, handmade and homemade products sold by Berliners – entertainment by DJ Flohmarkt who will be selling his record collection!

6 PM: Film and discussion evening: documentary film Nicht-Mehr, Noch-Nicht kicks off a panel discussion on urban policies since the fall of the Berlin Wall, including the current challenges and alternatives for the future.

7:30 PM: Panel discussion with Jakob Tigges (The Berg, Mila Burö), Daniel Dendra (architect, anOtherArchitect), Ares Kalandides (branding expert and urban sociologist, INPOLIS and CREATE BERLIN) and Michael LaFond (architect and city planner, eXperimentcity)

9 PM till late – party with performance, live music and DJs: Wynton Kelly Stevenson, DAYE, Les Haferflocken Swingers

Sunday 15 November:

12 PM-2 PM: Save Berlin Brunch Buffet. Just €5 for a banquet of homemade food.

12 PM-2 PM: ExtremBasteln: while parents eat, kids build their ideal Berlin in miniature, helped by two Berlin artists – meeting in the pool!

5 PM: Presentation by Scott Bolden, with Florina Speth (Cello)

6 PM: Cabaret 2029: Gabriel Walsh hosts an extravaganza of independent Berlin talents including Bridge Markland and Lady Gaby plus the spectacle of DogWalk, a combination fashion show and boxing match. The Cabaret is the closing party and shouldn’t be missed!

Scrabble Night :: Do Okt 29, 20h :: English & Deutsch

October 28, 2009 by


Scrabble night is here!  We have 2 games, one in english and the other in german.  Bring whatever you want to drink and snack on.  Please RSVP, first games go to the first people that arrive… MAP

Gentrification Breakdown :: Party :: Sa Sept 19

September 16, 2009 by

Gentrification: The process kicking people out of inexpensive housing so it can be renovated and rented out for 2 times as much.

Well, it’s finally happen to us here at skizum studios…  We fought back and now we have the right to stay here until the end of May 2010.  Unfortunately, it cost 2300 euro to sort the situation out with lawyers, and it has to be paid by January…

From now until June 2010 things are going to get real active around here as we only have until then to use this space.  We’re going to start things out by having a party to celebrate the last seven years here, the next 8,5 months we still have here and all the clever experiences yet to come, wherever that may be…

Doors open at 22.00, first band starts at 23.00, 2 euro at the door, Wühlischstr. 12 EG & Keller – Fhain (MAP)

Bands + Performers + DJ

Patric Bower and The World Without Magic

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Patrick Bower is a songwriter from Brooklyn, New York. His band, which varies in size from two to six members, plays a moody yet playful kind of psychadelic folk inspired by the likes of Scott Walker, Leonard Cohen and Syd Barret. The music is melodic and lyrical and relies on Bower’s strong, soulful vocals and dark, evocative imagery.

Myspace: Web: VIDEO: VoxPop Interview:

Little Birdie Country/rock/folk/good old fashioned corn whisky music, that’s us…

Dragonfly – Melodic Blues / Soul
Johanna Rörby – Experimental Electronic
DJ Skizum – Lounge Grooves and Funky Jives
a nice set from Bar Tausend
+ Cosmopolitan drink special all night long

Friday 9/11 :: Looking Back & Moving Forward….

September 6, 2009 by

a social salon and soiree with an intellectual catalyst…


from the "Diminished" Series depicting the World Trade Center as a secondary element of the photo

Hey all, every year around this time I get to thinking about the events of September 11, 2001 and how they have impacted the world, my life and that of those around me.  Having witnessed the event in person, I have thought quite a bit about how I perceive the world and our relationships to each other in it.  For me, this process inspired me to investigate and act on some of my practical conclusions and now I’m interested in sharing those and hearing about what other folks have come up with…  Here are couple of my projects I have initiated since 9/11:

My America Too – a political initiative
Universal Humane Needs Assessment – a social sustainability project

This social salon is meant to offer it’s participants a chance to reflect and share their experiences from then until now, exchange ideas for creating solutions and just plain hanging out.  I will start the evening out with a brief (20 min) opening statement with a slide show of a photographic series called “Diminished” and then pretty much throw the floor open to discussion(s).  I imagine after about an hour or so of intense talking the evening will morph into a soiree, a celebration of life.  Feel free to bring your own drinks or purchase them from the spätkauf just 60 meters away from the event location at Skizum Studios (Wühlischstr. 12 EG Rechts) in Friedrichshain (MAP).  We only ask for a 1 euro donation from all participants to support the event space.

Date: Friday 9/11
Doors open at 8:30pm
Opening Statement at 9:11pm
Soiree at 10:30

Please RSVP below