Alex Schneider conceptualizes his photos as elaborate 3 dimensional installations in space and creates impressive stereoscopic photographs like the one shown on the cover of Astronaut's first issue. Mathias von Gostomski's documentary traces the day to day life of a talented freelance photographer who travels from one job to another, undeterred by the uncertainty of his freelance status, and as a former professional snowboarder now spends more time behind the camera and at the computer instead of being photographed himself.
We met with three champions of Berlin fashion and spoke to them about their work, the ups and downs of independence and their courage to forge new paths. Franzius, Smeilinener and Potipoti are three fashion labels that couldn’t be more different in their design approaches.
"Zoomer" documents the life of Mary DeBoutez Zellmer-Fenoglio, the eccentric and charismatic proprietor of Zoomer's Treasures, a junk lovers paradise and a local landmark by the side of Highway 171 in rural Kansas, USA. Sam Huntley randomly came across Zoomer's Treasures during a cross-country road trip. After his return to the UK he got the idea to shoot a documentary about Zoomer's Treasures and its lovable proprietor and didn't let go, returning to Kansas for a few weeks capture her fascinating life on film. Astronaut is pleased to introduce Huntley's documentary with an exclusive 8 minute clip.
CODES IN THE CLOUDS, NILS FRAHM, OLAFUR ARNALDS, RIVAL CONSOLES, and PETER BRODERICK are only a few of the unique bands and musicians that label founder Robert Raths has rallied behind in the last three years. We're proud to announce our collaboration with Erased Tapes, whose artists contributed the music for our documentaries. Robert Raths speaks in an interview about his drive to lead one of the most popular indie labels today, about being an ally for his musicians, and what music should be.
Herr Müller is an artist based in Berlin-Neukölln whose works have been published in various publications like neon magazine and used as posters for several cultural events. His universe can be defined as graphic taping, somewhere in between fetishism, the macabre and colorful magazine illustrations. He makes collages with tape or paint to create images that communicate raw emotions, the dynamics of human relationships and even the untold dark side.
Sleepless in Reykjavik began in 2007 as a web TV show on YouTube and became so popular during its summer broadcast that it brought a growing number of job offers for the young production firm. However, the filmmakers always find time to devote to personal projects. Gunnar B. Guðbjörnsson accompanies the talented Icelandic musician Ólafur Arnalds during a UK tour, offering a glimpse into the touring life of an aspiring talent.
Blink Works Media are currently working on a documentary about video games, developers, and their craft, which will be released in early 2011. A first look at the everyday life of developers and the creative process can be seen in the first issue of Astronaut: Adam Atomic presents his innovative Canabalt.
Two parents with an affinity for explosives serving two years in prison; their child caught in between his imagination and bad temper; a black teenager from L.A. trying to get a college scholarship, and a nicotine-addicted former oil worker are the protagonists of Alma Har'el's documentary. It seems to be a tale of the broken American dream on the shores of Salton Sea, California. At the 2011 Berlinale International Film Festival, Mickael Brock had the chance to chat with the filmmaker to find out more about the people living in the former "Palm-Springs-by-the-Sea", now a near ghost town.
Today a hotel is doing it all right when everything is a little different. Bands regularly play in the bar whose names are on everyone's lips a few weeks later. The separation between hotel bar and meeting point for young Berliners blurs softly, as if this place had a certain degree of self-evidence. Actually, where did everyone go before? Funny, somehow it seems like people had always come here. One feels welcome even without a room reservation, whether at a screening of a World Cup game or an after work beer with friends. The Michelberger invites you to linger, but it also prompts you to reflect that everything else could be differently designed, that work and creative space are possible under the same roof. Mickael Brock and Kai Klinke spent a Monday with the Michelberger team and we know why we're so happy to be there: it's the team.
Since 1936, the year of the Olympic Games in Beriln, Coco Schumann has radiated his unbridled joie de vivre from the stage. From his forbidden appearances in bars during the Nazi era to his capture and deportation to the concentration camps Theresienstadt, Auschwitz and Dachau, to being the first German musician to play the electric guitar, the life of Coco Schumann has been marked by a unbroken love of music. While arranging a concert with him in Hannover, Mickael Brock and Klaas Wollstein were invited to Coco Schumann's home to speak with him about his life and hear the stories behind old photographs.