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DOMICILIUM SPRING QUARTERLY NOW ONLINE

  Over the months of curating and hosting Domicilium, many initially intimidating plans have come to life. We’ve moved to a larger venue, changed the format of the night and begun releasing our Domicilium Quarterly, online and in print. The second issue, the Spring Quarterly, is now out. It is...

“Berlin Isn’t Really Germany, Darling” – Ian Mbelle

Berlin isn’t really Germany, darling Said the native from Brandenburg. I never realised this while in Johannesburg. The idea is alien. the point, salient. Berlin isn’t really Germany, darling. I know it’s the capital city. How can this be, it’s such a pity. Pay mind to the monuments of the...

Autonomy: Minette, UK

Voices of Berlin is Berlin Untelevised‘s monthly Lives project. This project is to show the connection behind real lives within this both crazy and wonderful city by asking it’s many residents one question a month. Our ultimate goal is to curate a collection of accounts on many topics, ending each month with an abstract poem created...

EP Watch: Lucky Day – II

Lucky Day’s second EP (II) kicks off with a funky assault on the eardrums. Taking a page from the Ginuwine playbook, the opening song ‘Karma’ feels almost like a homage to ‘Pony’. With a modulated vocal sample and a driving bass the song is an upbeat expose of a new...

Autonomy: Jamie, USA

Voices of Berlin is Berlin Untelevised‘s monthly Lives project. This project is to show the connection behind real lives within this both crazy and wonderful city by asking it’s many residents one question a month. Our ultimate goal is to curate a collection of accounts on many topics, ending each month with an abstract poem created...

Autonomy: Seraphina, UK

Voices of Berlin is Berlin Untelevised‘s monthly Lives project. This project is to show the connection behind real lives within this both crazy and wonderful city by asking it’s many residents one question a month. Our ultimate goal is to curate a collection of accounts on many topics, ending each month with an abstract poem created...

EP Watch: The Mayes Brothers – Love Sketches

The Mayes Brothers open up their record with a ‘Mayes Introduction’, somehow reminiscent of 70s soul groups like The Floaters, The Manhattans and The Persuaders. The EP from its opening is drenched in analogue reverb and starts with a cool crooning and an introductory statement. ‘We will sing for you...

DOMICILIUM WINTER QUARTERLY OUT!

Cover of the Domicilium Quarterly Winter 2019. Author of cover image: Bronwyn Carter     Domicilium, a monthly curated poetry and music event has been happening a little over a year and it was with great pleasure that we held and leafed through the first physical copy of the Domicilium...

My Worst Nightmare: The Poem | Voices of Berlin – February

I had this recurring nightmare as a child Some spooky, some screaming ones, some burned in my mind One thing will always go back and forth in my brain to wake up in a cold sweat I used to call out in my sleep “I’m afraid…! I’m afraid of…” The...

My Worst Nightmare: The Collection | Voices of Berlin – February

Voices of Berlin is Berlin Untelevised‘s monthly Lives project. This project is to show the connection behind real lives within this both crazy and wonderful city by asking it’s many residents one question or theme a month. Our ultimate goal is to curate a collection of accounts on many topics, ending each month with...

“Coming to” – Luke Swenson

Steel flashes softened by ascending fog above the rising waters there the bent white neck. Waves beating against porcelain walls. Swirl. Slant. Swish. Bubble. Rebubble. Turn. Huddled tight & permeable, what pink froth now lies exposed atop high places nestled in the valley’s gentle bushland cleft against fleshy cliffs at...

Elia Fb – “Ndoki” / Part II

Every night in the other worlds I make sure I offer her flowers In the garden of our common stories My ancestors rest in no graves, Only in spirits of dignity and victory   Our softness may crack any adversity, Reconcile strength with weakness, despair with audacity Even when you...

Elia FB – “Ndoki” / Part I

I am the daughter of freedom fighters and farmers Dark skin warmer than deep-down waters But cooler than Congolese summers   Kinshasa-borne father and French mother Raised in the suburbs of Paris So excuse my French: my vernacular bloomed in the streets   I am sure my ancestors moved carefully,...

My Worst Nightmare: Gabriele, Italy

February‘s theme for Voices of Berlin is My Worst Nightmare.   Gabriele, Italy “To be honest, I can’t really remember dreams… but my worst fear at the moment is the future really. It sounds deep, but I guess everyone who is studying music or everyone who is in a similar situation to mine has...

“Ships or Tails” – Bronwyn Carter

1.   Town of chemists and churches colliding with your miniature horizons yesterday. Forever those stars behind stars behind stars. I come from the bush; I come with my recessed mind. I cannot think but to write, spiked by the trail home. Employing all my languages I never made it...

My Worst Nightmare: Moa, Sweden

February‘s theme for Voices of Berlin is My Worst Nightmare.   Moa, Sweden “I’m very fascinated by dreams that I remember. I know one thing that just terrifies me and will always go back and forth in my brain. It’s common: being claustrophobic. Being locked into something somehow like… I’ve had really weird dreams....

My Worst Nightmare: Tal, Israel

February‘s theme for Voices of Berlin is My Worst Nightmare.   Tal, Israel   “My worst nightmare is being on a plane, crashing in the middle of the ocean and surviving, being alone in the middle of the ocean. Not finding your way out, just being there. Time goes by, and I’m just there...

My Worst Nightmare: Joe, Britain

February‘s theme for Voices of Berlin is My Worst Nightmare.   Joe, Britain “I had a recurring nightmare when I was a kid. It was that I was falling down a bottomless hole and being chased by a giant leaf. I used to call out in my sleep “I’m afraid of the giant leaf!...

My Worst Nightmare: Stefano, Venezuela

February‘s theme for Voices of Berlin is My Worst Nightmare.   Stefano, Venezuela “The first thing I thought of when you said worst nightmare is being buried alive. I have a terrible fear of that. I remember I saw a movie, I can’t remember the name, it could have been a show...

My Worst Nightmare: Mary, Ireland

Voices of Berlin is Berlin Untelevised‘s monthly Lives project. This project is to show the connection behind real lives within this both crazy and wonderful city by asking it’s many residents one question a month. Our ultimate goal is to curate a collection of accounts on many topics, ending each month with an abstract poem created...

“monster / creature” – Hannah Kenyon Lair

the words that i have to describe what happened here are not mine, have no value to me: slow dissolution before a rupture. the recognition of pain when the surge fades.   even now, i cannot feel. too frightened, or strong, or alone. all feeling lives in relation to you....

EP Watch: Breezy – Tragic Mulatto

The moment you read or hear the title of this record is the same moment you come to realise that the artist behind it means to leave her mark. Unyielding and yet playful, expressive with a reserve of ‘more to come’ and the duality that makes this record most powerful...

How I Stay Alive: The Poem | Voices of Berlin – January

You come into existence, your brain comes online, you become a functioning unit then you’re like… the fuck? Today is the best day of your life… Just in a dream. Wow, this is a bit of a tightrope we all live on. I’ve thought many times about suicide… This repetitive,...

How I Stay Alive: The Collection | Voices of Berlin – January

Voices of Berlin is Berlin Untelevised‘s monthly Lives project. This project is to show the connection behind real lives within this both crazy and wonderful city by asking it’s many residents one question or theme a month. Our ultimate goal is to curate a collection of accounts on many topics, ending each month with...

“Rock Pools” – Craig Teatime

As a child I searched rock pools left aside by the tide, tried to redraw picture books in real life, from the shelf I could reach up to, which divided to a full page double spread of a watercolor a child painted, better than I could draw. The escapades of...

“Joan Is My Mother’s Name” – Craig Teatime

The night of our life, And the home that could be, It’s mostly just a room, With enough beds for a group of sleazy English lads, Or the accounting department catching a weekend off, To quench that age-old ambition Of a weekend bender abroad.   Ha-ha, see – It’s less...

EP Watch: Kojey Radical – 97:Pure

Keep your ears peeled. Kojey Radical is staking his claim as one of the most formidable emcees in the UK. His EP release 97:Pure is more of a double single that acts as a wake-up call to those sleeping on his gruffness. Sitting at the intersection of hip-hop, grime and...