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.
Experiments with gestures, investigating how they are changed by the objects they employ and the context they are located in.
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
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.”
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