Berlin is home to some of the best clubbing in the world, and a new Airbnb experience titled “Sew Your Own Bergh*** Clubbing Outfit” preps attendees on how to dress for the occasion, and more importantly, how to get into the most notoriously exclusive club in the city, if not the world.
“[Learning] basic sewing and clothing construction skills and how to develop a clubbing alter-ego. Are you a sporty goth princess or a diva dungeon master? A futuristic glitter gladiator or a bondage fairy? The vibrant Berlin club scene is the perfect place to be who you want to be, even just for a night.”
Couldn’t have said it better, Anna.
Light beverages, a sewing machine, fabric, and baked goods are all provided by the host for the experience, but the creativity to create the perfect outfit for a night out must stem from the attendee. Berghain has been the subject of documentaries, photo exhibits, and much more—so dressing to impress is clearly paramount.
Sven Marquardt is used to studying subjects at German’s famous Berghain nightclub — where Marquardt works as the famed venue’s bouncer — to determine who gains access to the underground mecca. When Marquardt isn’t surveying hopeful would-be entrants of the club, he’s evaluating subjects through a camera lens. Marquardt’s photography has appeared in galleries across the world and most recently graces a nightclub based in the city of Tbilisi, Khidi.
Marquardt’s work comprises a new exhibition housed in Khidi that shows off Marquardt’s latest shots. The exhibition seeks to extend the sensory experience beyond merely the visual via live performances from envelope-pushing musician Prurient, otherwise known as “Vatican Shadow.” Marquardt’s artistic residency at Khidi is complete with a brief documentary that offers further insight about the photographic exhibition, in addition to interviews with Marquardt and Prurient.
Berghain took some heat recently from Germany’s primary right-wing political party Alternative für Germany (AfD), threatening to potentially disband the nightclub for good.
The initial proposal was submitted to the district office in Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg and requested a myriad of changes such as limiting opening hours from 10pm to 6am, and called for increased lighting and staff members.
The proposal referenced several issues with the establishment, including excessive drug use, sexual activity that leads to transmitted infections, and the tragic death of an American tourist who overdosed at the nightclub in 2017. It was released on Twitter by left-wing district council representative Maximilian Schirmer, demonstrating a call to action for users to oppose the requests.
However, Frank-Christian Hansel — a founding member of Berlin AfD — confirmed that the proposal has since been withdrawn, tweeting out that the proprietor behind the request (Sibylle Schmidt) was “party-free” and that the demands were “neither the line of AfD Freidrichshain-Kreuzberg, nor the Berlin AfD.”
In response to the Tweet, a user pointed out that Schmidt is additionally involved in event management, speculating that she may have had ulterior motives for the proposal.