Sankt Oberholz
Sankt Oberholz
Sankt Oberholz
Sankt Oberholz
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Sankt Oberholz

As you enter Sankt Oberholz, the most conspicuous café at Rosenthaler Platz, you notice, on all the walls, neatly printed menus. This is a commercial realm, you think. If you turn your head to the right, you see, under the huge menus, never-ending bar tables and, throning on the bar stools, a population of Mac owners. This is a place where one comes to work, you think. If you turn your head to the left, you see a population of PC owners, mixed with a chatting population. This is a place where you can work, you are assured. Meanwhile, your latte, in a tall glass, is ready and you pay. This is a place where English is the first language––you understand. You look for the WiFi password and then notice a glass for tips, in which you spot a paper with a motivating text. “Tipping is not a city in China,” the text said in 2012. The current motivator is a drawing of a fish on the bottom of the glass that begs: “Save me, I can only swim in $.”

A film about Sankt Oberholz would have to start with a close-up on this glass, just as the novel of the French writer Patrick Grainville Lumière du Rat starts with the insides of a chicken that the main characters are disemboweling. Pardon the simile, but I think this glass for tips shows what Sankt Oberholz is from the inside(s): a commercial place, yes, but humorous enough to make you forget about it.

Aurelia Cojocaru
Author: Aurelia Cojocaru
My main occupation, ever since, at 2, I was seen scribbling the alphabet with a pen on my arm, has been writing (for the sake of incoherence: I am passionate about other forms of artistic and intellectual production as well, which has brought me to Bard College Berlin). Meanwhile, I switched media, I switched homes and schools, but otherwise not much has changed. My hobby is to have personae whose hobby is to stop writing.
Rosenthaler Straße 72a, 10119 Berlin
Opening hours:
Mon-Thu: 08:00-24:00
Fri-Sat: 08:00-3:00
Sun: 09:00-24:00