After watching Nick Cave in Berlin on the Dutch documentary called Stranger in a Strange Land, I started wondering where was the apartment where Bram van Splunteren interviews the artist. This act of wonder became comprehensive research online, and it made compare Google Street View pictures with screenshots of videos. But, in the end, I think I finally managed to find out where did Nick Cave live in Berlin.
Based on Stranger in a Strange Land, it seemed that Nick Cave was living in Kreuzberg based on the presence of the Berlin Wall so close to the opening shot in the video. What should make sense since he used to hang out at Risiko and SO36, both bars/clubs were located in the same neighbourhood.
But the street in the movie looks a little bit different from the ones close to Kottbusser Tor.
So, I started looking for anything related to Nick Cave and Blixa Bargeld, and I managed to find an online archive filled with videos from Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. There was one there that caught my eye: Dandy by Peter Sempel.
Based on this address, Dresdenerstrasse 11, I went to Google Street View, and the building looked exactly like the one from Stranger in a Strange Land. But could it be? A couple of days later, I went to Kreuzberg, and I believe the address is right. Nick Cave used to live at Dresdenerstrasse 11, in Kreuzberg, when he used to live in West Berlin, back in the 1980s.
The only confirmation that I have of this, besides the fact that I went there I believe that the building on Dresdenerstrasse 11 is the same one from the documentary Stranger in a Strange Land is a German page from the Berlin City Portal that mentions a loft in Dresdenerstrasse. According to the page, Nick Cave first stayed there, at his friend Christophe Dreher’s home, in 1982 when he first came into West Berlin.
After collecting all these information, I can believe that I found where Nick Cave used to live in Berlin. Dresdenerstrasse 11 in Kreuzberg is the apartment where he used to stay. Now, I just need to find out which floor, ring the bell and see If I can visit the studio improve my research even further.