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Christoph Fahle
March 7, 2013

Maker Weekend #2 Reflections

This past weekend was a Maker Weekend. The workshops started on Saturday with a Coding Jam by Graffiti Research Labs and ranged from turning your old plastic bags into cool new textiles in the Melt-a-Bag workshop, to building your own Rocket Stove!

There was even a chance to take a load off at the Natural Cosmetics and Relax workshop. Participants in the Leather Jewelry, Rockin’ Knits, and Screenprinting workshops got to make awesome accessories, and partakers in the Berliner Hocker and Cardboard Up-Light Lamp workshops left betahaus with unique handcrafted home goods.

The DIY continued on Sunday, with cool tech workshops like an introduction to 3D printing, and Arduino and a Pillow, to hands on Decoupage, Papier Mache, and Concrete workshops.

Nearly all the workshops were fully booked, and the party on Saturday night was slammin’.  There were rockin' tunes of Jam Session from Audiofu and DJ Milan Hermess. Remember the visuals on the walls? They were created during the day time coding jam session by Graffiti Research Lab. Actually, even throughout the party the coding masters were burning buttons on their laptops adjusting the visuals!

On top of that our party monsters were getting rave worthy make-up from Raketeuflug zur Sonne, and getting involved into various DIY workshops & activities operated by our friends & artist in residence. Have a look at our new awesome ODC robot – made by party guests with direction and help of TAPE OVER art project.

There was also a big surprise prepared for you by OMA project – time capsules of actual making which will be shown on the next makers event!

All in all, it was kick ass. THANK YOU ALL FOR THAT!

Lots of love,

your betahaus team

PS Here are the PHOTOS

PSS WE ARE VERY SORRY if you couldn't find a spot at the ws you wanted to attend this weekend. We sold out faster than a speeding bullet. If this was the case, and you’re still yearning to get your hands on something-check out the March time table – you should be able to find a ws there. ;)

Click here for more announcements and events at the 'haus! 

From 8pm on, we'll open The Club where the DJ booth and the dance floor will turn into our playground. We've invited hip hop and pole dancers to open the dance floor and have a friends-only crazy-cool lineup planned for the night. We'll be mixing botanical cocktails with Fritz Cola and inviting you into our Photo Booth Room so you can take home some silly photos from the night. In The Club, you will also find The Balloon Room and The Zen Zone which will be our chill spot for the night. Check out the timeline in The Club and learn more about The Zen Zone below.

The Club
20:00 - 22:00 Dj Niggo
21:00 - 22:00 Hip-Hop Dancers
22:00 - 22.30 AinTheMachine
23:00 - 01:00: Michal Vagner
01:00 - 03:00: Asia

The Zen Zone
(to be announced): Cacao Experience with Moruga Cacao
19:00 - 21:00: Tea Ceremony with Thirsty Moon

Make sure to join our Facebook Event and RSVP on Eventbrite, so we can put your name into our Happiness Jar. This birthday bash is all about our community, and together with our partners we've prepared a special Prize Draw.

Throughout the whole night, you will find the rooms of The Basement filled with art pieces from our favorite Berlin-based creatives. From illustrations to paintings to wooden sculptures and installations - we've made sure to host an inclusive Berlin-like mix of all things art. Let us introduce to you to some of the artists, who you will meet down in The Basement:

Have you met .. the Softblobs? Since moving back to Berlin from the US, Gesine Krätzner has been making strange creatures out of fabric that she calls Softblobs. They are cute, random, and they'll be waiting in The Basement if you want to try playing around with them.

From toys made of fabric, we’re moving onto wooden sculptures. Matt Danko knows how to bring wood to life and does it amazingly in his free time. In The Basement, he’ll show his latest furniture pieces and sculptures.

In the same room as Matt, you’ll find Lisa Büscher, who has prepared for us a hyper realistic sculpture presentation that gives it the touch of the extreme, surrealistic and absurd. She de- and reconstructs and reorganizes human bodies like Utopia does society.

In our Photo & Video room you will find works from Collette Pomerleau and Ocean.Now.

Colette is a Berlin-based creative working in photography, art direction and set design. Through her visuals she explores intimacy and anonymity. The space that falls somewhere in between.

Ocean. Now! is a collective that accelerates ocean protection. They work with different types of art to motivate our society to protect the Ocean -Now!

In the early afternoon, based in The Garden, you’ll meet Amaury BOUQUET. He’s a Berlin-based French artist from Saint Maur des Fossés, who has a background in social innovation and loves to play with symbols in his works. At 10 Years in beta, he’ll do his special Humanist Tarot readings from 4-6pm.

Parallel to him, also in The Garden, Sebastian Olivares will be painting live a special Mandala created for betahaus. Sebastian is a Berlin-based visual artist who specializes in painting mandala murals and has painted murals in Germany, Chile, Australia and Thailand.

Throughout the day ilan katin will be putting the party vibes onto a mural, specially created for betahaus. He's a Neukölln-based artist with experience in visual work, both static and performative, graphic design, illustration, comics, installations, animation and live video.

We think this one speaks for itself. If you need a little glitz or glitter to get you into the party spirit, come early and we'll do the rest.

Last, but not least, special thanks to our lovely partners who are helping us making this event happen.
Pilsner Urquell and Fritz Cola for the drinks, Emmy, Drivy, FrameRight, CoffeeCircle, Dream Facilitation, Moruga and BioWine for supporting our Prize Draw and our media partners from Silicon Allee, ASK HELMUT, Creative City Berlin and TechCode.

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