Creative Gravitation

by Vivien Park

Artists and bohemians have been flocking to Berlin since the wall came down in 1989. Affordable rents and vacant spaces allowed room for experimentation, as diversity in numbers created a dynamic infrastructure for cultural exchange.

Today, many creatives in Berlin face the struggle of earning money by selling to other creatives who earn just as little as they do. Some have successfully used the city's cultural appeal to attract global sales. For those who simply seek appreciation, Berlin is still a good environment for creating and expanding their oeuvre.

"In the Belly of A Whale," a documentary by Andreas Lamoth and Frederic Leitzke, provides a close look at the creative gravitational forces of Berlin, where culture producers of many different kinds have found a place.

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Credits: Images captured from the film "In the Belly of a Whale."


  1. i like the way this film reveals berlin's appeal, the experience of living there, the economic dimensions, etc through the words of local artists. thanks for posting it.

  2. I would like to hear more from residents who don't work in the 'creative' industries. I know that isn't the focus of this film, but I think it would also make for an interesting urban documentary.

  3. Why reduce bohemia to economic growth? I think this conversation is limited when approaching it from a creative capital lens. Bohemia is culture produced in the shadows and cracks of capitalism. Reducing it to a form of new urbanism only leads to gentrification and land speculation that pushes itself out. Is this another LA dream of graphic designers and actors chasing the neoliberal dream?


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