Experiments with gestures, investigating how they are changed by the objects they employ and the context they are located in.
My project is tentatively titled:
[a. House, b. Science]
I am starting from the basis of two claims made by two groups (maybe two granfalloons) using the area: artists [Skulpturenpark Berlin_Zentrum] and developers [Fellini].
“Construction has begun. On the central block of Skulpturenpark Berlin_Zentrum’s vacant lots, the foundations of a new apartment building have taken root. Floor by floor, the building emerges out of the ground and into the skyline. The building’s architectural style pays homage to past conceptions of the future. Its neighbor, a planned Italian enclave represented with a “Dolce Vita” model-house, comes straight out of an imagined re-creation of the past. Built one-year ago, the model-house has acquired an aged patina and no longer sticks out like a new shoe. In the front garden, oleander plants blend in harmoniously, joining in peace with the wild flowers and grass on the surrounding vacant lots. Due to a temperate Spring, the area is rich with flora and fauna. To enrich these unimaginative architectures with a more inspired impulse, Skulpturenpark Berlin_Zentrum will complement the building activities with its new series Wunderland (Wonderland).”
“Hardly any other metropolis in Europe has been so strongly influenced by Italy in its architecture as Berlin. Many poets and architects of the 19th century allowed themselves to be inspired in Italy and made the city on the Spree into an “Italian enclave”. This can still be sensed today. The densely rowed series of richly decorated facades, rattling Vespas and the many espresso bars evoke an Italian feeling. Only one thing is still missing: the Fellini, a luxurious block of apartments with an Italian way of life. It closes a gap, architecturally, historically and culturally. In its shape and colour, its appearance is reminiscent of elegant Italian townhouses. The curved court façade is inspired by the auditorium of a theatre. In its centre, there stands a splendid stone fountain. The inhabitants are participants in this atmosphere and enjoy the relaxed Italian charm of their surroundings. The quality and first- class location of this property also provides relaxation – it promises a high increase in value in one of the most dynamic property markets in Europe.”
In an effort to investigate and reveal the winds movements on the site, I determined to make a number of wind vanes.
Utilizing empty beer and soft drink bottles found discarded on site and the long meadow grass I created simple wind vanes.
Seedhead acts as wind vane’s tail.
The grass stalk is bent once to create a pointer.
Second bend secured by wrapping the grasses blade around junction creates a vertical axis.
Hole cut in bullseye of Bionade bottle top to keep grass central in bottle.
Bionade – a natural organic non-alcoholic refreshment – seems the soft drink of choice in Berlin and discarded caps could be picked up all over the wasteland.
The other Berlin drink of choice!
A small amount of sand in the bottom of the bottle keeps grass stem central rather than sliding down the dome in the bottle’s base causing the grass to lean.
Findings and Speculations in an Involuntary Park @ Skulpturenpark Berlin_Zentrum
wasteland, part of which was formerly the ‘Mauerstreifen,’
the military zone within the Berlin Wall. It remains
vacant to this day.”
- Length of body : approx.15-20 cm long
- Length and diameter of the horn :length: approx. 1cm
- diameter: approx. 3mm (usage: for courtship/ territorial marking/ defense?)
- Can go into water
- Can climb trees
- Nocturnal animal but doesn’t seem to stay in the “nest” in the day time.
- Omnivorous animal(Favorite food: chest nuts?). Hobnobs packaging and bits of biscuit found in one of the “nest”.
- Four claws on each hand/foot
- Body covered in white hair/fur
- Active during the fall and winter months(?)
- Doesn’t seem to mind other same animals in the area around them.
Classification (Strong opportunities)
Science Name: ?
Habitat: Skulpturenpark Kommandantenstr. & Alte-Jakob-Str. 10969 Berlin
Imaginary pictures from observation and hypothesis
White fur and the affinity of collecting shiny reflective surface.
(Pure light / Putus lux lucis / 純明)
The idea for the Balloon Project came from the specific location of Berlin Sculpture Park,
were the wall used to separate between west and east ,freedom and “capture”.
My work was done with Helium Balloons.
A still camera and a GPS was connected to two big yellow helium balloons flying over the park.
The floating camera took , every minute ,one image,from up to down ,of the park.
My interest was to catch the different paths,people left crossing the park.
The GPS record constantly the vanishing paths, the balloons left at sky.
In the park , i documented the balloon, and the handle from two aspects.
First images and videos from down to up,of the balloons flying,especially in relation to the surrounding like trees or buildings.
Second, the handle which was the end of a 35 meter long rope, in relation to different objects in the park.
The Balloons project is about personal relationship in freedom prism.
I would like to evoke questions related to the balance of freedom and “capture” in personal relationship.
Why people choose to loose their personal freedom for having personal relationship?
What people earn in relationship,which make them, give up on their own freedom?
What avoid people to fulfill their inherent freedom?
People speak about their obligations, responsibilities, engagements,which are all true,
But in a way ,they are all different kinds of barrier ,obstacles which avoid them from maximize a basic need of freedom.
The connected two balloons ,flying wherever the wind take them,are a metaphor for freedom.
Looking from above of past life paths, planing a brighten future.
The handle which was hold by different objects in the park,
played as a metaphor for different “captures” of human life, obligations which people put themselves into,
in order to preserve constant steady relationship.
The research project will go on in the Slade-UCL -London sky.
i travelled to the stations near the berlin border using the s bahn & u bahn system.
i photographed the border facing towards the centre of berlin.
i used kodachrome 64 slide film from the 1980′s.
i got very disorientated and went slightly bonkers.
i posted the film to kodak in switzerland, they then send it to a lab in kansas to be processed.
i will then convert it to digital when it arrives in the uk, and upload my findings to this blog on the worldwideweb.
i have put other photographs from my travels in berlin here…. http://www.flickr.com/photos/74629659@N00/sets/72157622658451960/
performance documentation 22/10/09
performance documentation 20/10/09
Grass & Bottle wind vanes positioned in grid
Initial setup for grid
Grid from above
After leaving Mobile Research Station No. 1, I am continuing to observe and record clouds at http://nephology.eu
The wasteland area around Mobile Research Station No. 1 will be the site of a series of experiments and investigations into the flow of air – the winds effect on the environment and the environments effect on the wind.
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The first guise of Berlin’s Anti-Fascist Protection Rampart was erected in 1961 by the German Democratic Republic to stem the exodus of its citizens to the West, for between 1948 and August 1962 nearly three million East Germans had escaped from the harsh policies to the West though the Berlin loophole.
On two short trips to Berlin in 2008, I visited the couple of remnants that are generally known; the rest seemed to have completely disappeared from the streets of Berlin (with a few sections accessioned to museums around the world). The public memory of an endless border with watchtowers at regular intervals and floodlights continuously illuminating the border at night was no longer present.
In the summer of 2009, having been invited by Simon Faithfull to spend time researching in Mobile Research Unit no.1 at the Berlin Skulpturenpark – itself occupying vacant plots left by the removal of the Wall – I became fascinated with the remnants I had previously overlooked.
Using the Berliner Mauerweg as my primary guide I set out to cycle the ~160km of the former Wall’s path and see traces remaining there today. Yet my pursuit quickly devolved into something else: a gentle four day ride on a borrowed bike turned into a several week mission involving archives, museums, history books, autobiographies, conversations with government officials and with strangers. Following the officially signposted Berliner Mauerweg and then taking detours based on the evidence I stumbled across, experiencing the interstices not discussed by the tourist and general history guides, to look at the Berlin today 20 years after the fall of the wall, to feel the distance of pedal on ground.
extract from Grounds (Berliner Mauer) article commissioned for You Are Here (November 2009) on Broken Dimanche Press. Text accompanied with photographs.
The Research Station is commissioned by SKULPTURENPARK BERLIN_ZENTRUM for their project Wunderland. The station can be found on the open ground between Seydelstr and Beuthstr
Researchers include: Esther Polak (Amsterdam) 18-22 Aug, Annika Lundgren (Gothenburg/Berlin) 17-21 Aug, Martin John Callanan (London) 24-30 Aug, Katie Paterson (London) 31 Aug - 6 Sep, Nick Crowe & Ian Rawlinson (Manchester/Berlin) 5-10 Sep, Simon Faithfull (Berlin/London) 11-14 Sep, Tim Knowles (London) 15-19 Sep
Research Communications Day
Findings will be presented at the Research Station at 20:00 on Sunday 20 September 2009