In the Spring of 2010, after showing my documentary about underground Indie-Rock Posters in Berlin, I was trapped under Iceland's clouds of volcanic ash, surrounded by wealthy artist types at some millionaire’s party. Having no interest in this world and not enough money to buy a twenty-euro cocktail, fortune had me stumble upon another gatecrasher... The man he drew me a map with no street names and told me I should go and find Peristal Signum's Labyrinth.
I blindly followed the hand-drawn lines through a dark and desolate part of East Berlin and found myself in the thick of an extraordinary group of artists and their extraordinary story. Tim Schneider, a painter, Georg Losch, a composer, and Andrija Bezosevic, a former underground train driver, took over a dilapidated building and out of the trash that surrounds it, rebuilt the labyrinth.
It took the outsider artists nine months to construct their labyrinth, which opened at the same time I was stranded in Berlin. Built in an unused part of an electro nightclub, the space was donated by the owners of the business. Working without any blueprints, Tim, Georg and Andrija threw fundraising parties and accepted gifts of money and industrial garbage to make their vision a reality.
So what is the labyrinth? Pay the 10 Euro ticket price and find out for yourself. They plan to keep the labyrinth open as long as the building stands, and there are no immediate plans to demolish it yet.
Neglected public payphones in New York City are being turned into “GuyFi” stations: a place where one can rub one out for the sake of “stress relief.” Annalee Newitz reports on the wank booths from a company named “Hot Octopus”… The company reported that at least 100 men used the booth on its opening day […]
You’d be forgiven for thinking the videocassette format long-dead, but it turns out that Betamax is still around. Sony is finally going to withdraw tapes from sale, bringing a 40-year story to an end. The last recorders were sold in 2002. ベータビデオカセットおよびマイクロMVカセットテープ出荷終了のお知らせ [Sony; via The Verge]
A leaked Comcast memo discloses that the company’s consumer data caps have nothing to do with network congestion, contrary to its public claims. The internet service provider has often complained (such as when lobbying against net neutrality) that it must impose limits on service to prevent network congestion. The argument suggests that these measures are […]
Remember back to the time when people thought java was just a hip way to talk about coffee? Or you vaguely remembered from geography class that it’s an island in the South Pacific? We’ve come a long way since then and now that we’ve rocket blasted into the tech future, you’re going to need to […]
Plastic is so 2013. You don’t want to buy something only to throw it away or lose it and barely care. You like nice things and want to hang onto them. The Plazmatic lighter here is a high quality, high tech alternative to the typical cheap, plastic lighter you get at the old gas station. […]
Real engineers build things. Super cool engineers build things with their hands and fingers, like our engineering forefathers did. No idea where to even begin to do that? This step by step Arduino course is now 92% off and is going to get you up and running, from zero to hero, in no time. So […]