Apparatjik, a pan-European art band based loosely in Berlin, performs avante-garde electro music in giant transparent cubes. Its members dress in costumes made of mirrors. The group’s Web site describes the players’ style as “combat-disco” — but judging from Apparatjik’s new tour vehicle, the battles are waged onstage, not on the road.
The Discoball Smart Car is a refurbished electric-drive Smart Fortwo composed of thousands of mirrors pieces, hand-glued to the car’s exterior. It took seven craftsmen three days to complete the project, just in time for the band-cum-art-collective’s tribute exhibition to the German architect Mies van der Rohe, which opens at the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin on Saturday.
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The BMW Group is taking an active role in the “national platform for electromobility” launched by German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Monday. The BMW Group will contribute its many years of experience in the area of electromobility to the project, plus the extensive scientific results from field tests currently being carried out with the MINI E. The “basic conditions” working group will be chaired jointly by Dr Klaus Draeger, Member of the BMW AG Board of Management responsible for development, and Prof. Lars-Hendrik Röller from the European School of Management and Technology.
The aim of this joint initiative – which brings together the worlds of politics, science and industry – is to further strengthen the pioneering role of Germany in the area of electromobility. “Germany is well positioned to become an international leader in the area of electromobility over the long term. To make this happen, our leaders in politics and industry have to be pulling in the same direction,” said Norbert Reithofer, Chairman of the BMW AG Board, in Berlin on Monday.
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