REPORT: IT TAKES A CITY TO CREATE A VILLAGE


once you stepped into PLATOON KUNSTHALLE last week, you were enveloped into a thick and pulsating energy of partying and consumerism. 

 

but it wasn’t just another party, and it wasn’t just another second hand market. 

 

it was like christmas morning to the people witnessing and participating in another volume of PLATOON´s ”wardrobe vintage market” featuring vintage collectors and acquired fashioners to open their personal wardrobe to the public.

 

the people ran about like kids in a candy store or middle age woman at a half off clearance blow out sale. one could hardly take a step through the once empty, and seemingly large space.  it was almost overwhelming.  the walls were ornamented with last years ugly sweater fashion, interesting collaborations of the old, now, and yet to come, the classics, and drab. the party consisted of djs all night long in front of a massive projector. 

 

yes, hip indeed.  a new basis of social media and modern trend was shoved all into one room. to take a breath from the euphoria of the shoppers i stepped out of the hall to the bar to grab one of those euro beers.  once again, PLATOON pulls off another success.  the party was not just in motive of another second hand market though.  it was put into very inspiring words from the head director Marcello Dato, ”how do you start a community? a village? it all starts with a market, a center to bring the people within the already established community, and the outsiders together.  a new way of socializing and living with one another. sharing and creating.”

 

Berlin was lined with a silver string that night.  the hairstylist in the corner trimming, cutting, and slicing away the winter locks. all the young run-a-ways were there- bored from their all too well off lives back home.  the web designers, newly starting djs, customer service representatives, non paid interns, art gallery secretaries, street performers, the cafe shop workers, the unpaid writers, the know it alls and the know nothings.  the ones that wish to change the world and the ones that let the world keep turning.  the roses and the wallflowers- wilting away in a vase of old water.  the i don’t care but i do care mentality.  the photographers, painters, sculptures, and nudists.  and in the corner stands the Berlin photo booth to capture it all. 

 

it was beautiful and horrifying to see that such a massive culture of people, ideas, and soul, old and new, could be so easily crammed into one space.  almost too easy.   but that is the village.  that is what differentiates alabama from Berlin. france from mali.  new york from hong kong.

 

kunsthalle brought together the people of this town to share and bask in the essence of being.  for PLATOON, it just takes a few people and one idea to bring together a whole city, and end up with an idiosyncratic beauty of a village.

  

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CONTRIBUTED BY SAWYER GEBAUER 

 

 

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