This club night at Kuli Alma sought to create a live musical connection between the club scenes in Israel and Germany through a joint project between Tel Aviv’s and Berlin’s DJs. The parties are broadcast live by 88 FM and DRadio Wissen radio stations in the two countries. In parallel to their German colleagues, Tel Aviv DJs Yarin Lidor and Nadav Neeman were standing at the turntables of the club Prince Charles nested in the Kreuzberg district of Berlin.
These duo teams were joined by musicians Grzly Adams and DRush in Tel Aviv and Berlin respectively, as part of the special programs that these chubs had in store for their guests, such as the reception in honor of Israel’s music radio station 88 FM that preceded the club night in Tel Aviv. This DJ and club collaboration represents a high point in a series of special events and programs that Radio Germany has dedicated to the 50-year anniversary of Israeli-German relations. Thus, the radio coverage of the event comprised a lively mixture of commentary in German, English and Hebrew.
Though it appeared to be a regular Thursday night at the Israeli nightclub, with cocktail sipping regulars, groups of English-speaking expats, and the elegantly dressed hipster crowd, the Beathoavenz duo has regularly been present at high-caliber musical, fashion and public events featuring pop stars, supermodels and cutting edge music. In some sense, this collaborative project that links Berlin with Tel Aviv corresponds to the aspiration of Kuli Alma to be a local hot spot of nightlife. However, the impression of urban cool that this event evokes can also be seen as a contemporary reincarnation of the blasé attitude that Georg Simmel, a German cultural sociologist, spoke of as he witnessed Berlin’s transition into a modern city at the close of the nineteenth century.
Similarly, Tel Aviv has evolved into a global city of culture through the proliferation of one-off, intensive, but ephemeral events, whose social media links and related websites expire the moment they wrap up. In tune with the modern fragmentation of everyday life, as Georg Simmel would have described it, Kuli Alma, with its slightly disorienting array of staircases, in-between spaces, and gathering spots, hosts art exhibitions that succeed one another in a weekly rhythm. Visitors to the Charles and Alma event at this club could see drawings of Roee Schachar Jakubinsky splashed across the walls of its gallery space, an artistic background to the club night that aired over radio waves in Israel and Germany.
By Pablo Markin
In addition to his more academic involvements, Pablo Markin is a globe-trotting flâneur with a keen interest in Israel’s and, more broadly, international cultural scene and urban spaces. His Instagram impressions, blog articles and exhibition reviews can be followed on Twitter @pbmarkin.