Am Rand von EuropaCity
Eine künstlerische Veranstaltungsreihe rund um die Europacity Berlin
Von Mai 2018 bis zum Wochenende der europäischen Parlamentswahlen am 26. Mai 2019, organisieren wir eine Reihe von künstlerischen Interventionen in der unmittelbaren Nachbarschaft der zukünftigen Europacity.
Workshop: 1. Dezember 14h
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Blogeintrag #1, Alexis Hyman Wolff, 10.08.2018:
Sentire (it.) – to hear, to feel
On the 15th of July a group of neighbors, cultural agents, artists and researchers met at the corner of Lehrter and Seydlitzstr. in Berlin-Moabit to take a walk across the invisible borders into the EuropaCity. From the grown-in Lehrter neighborhood, a checkerboard marked by historical developments, from old to new, to hear and feel the borders within the city, to connect spaces, our bodies and minds forming an unprecedented social constellation. Opening up the senses, the subtle qualities of sound become audible: voices filtered through the trees of the Schräbergärten, trickling of water at a distance and the roar of the central station and Tiergarten Tunnel greeting us and raging relentlessly with the urban concentration of center-city. Along the border we find in-between spaces, be it wasteland or arcadia, fences opening up a panorama of the great construction site, there stretches along the backside, a tent city that since three years has been home to European citizens with marginal status, autonomous systems, tenuousness.
Let us come together on the Europaplatz, that triangle of dry grasses and humming bees. It is quite unrecognizable in its current state of unmarkedness, masquerading as a bus station, in the center-of-it-all we cannot stay, unhospitable triangle, all signs usher us along our way.
Since we had planned the walk one week before, two public spaces have been made inaccessible: one being the terrace of the Hauptbahnhof, we examine the outdated plans for Europacity and the vestiges of the former Europe Square, where a skyscraper is being constructed that will overshadow the station itself.
A stillness sets in as we walk through the desolate Heidestr., a pocket of pumping coming from the crossfit center, thumping, bumping. The contruction sites however take their day of rest, we pause and take in the stillness of the cranes towering silently.
These buildings are done, the apartments have been sold and a party is taking place on the balcony. Below we form a circle in the park behind the Hamburger Bahnhof and talk about the changes we have experienced, the systems and structures we know and recognize, because they are permeating, because they are global.
As we crossed the border from the old city to the new parts we could not help but feel the growing narrowness of possibility, the facelessness, computer-generatedness of the facades, the unspecificity of the new landscape, the sterility and lifelessness of this new neighborhood.
Walking through Bruce Nauman’s Double Cage Piece from 1974 as the last station of our parcours, entering and emerging from the narrow gangway, can we experience some physical and spiritual release? What is the power of art in response to that situation we are facing?