(graphic design, urban chronicle, book, self published, berlin, photography, exhibition, 2010)
Centrum Beeldende Kunst Dordrecht, 18 december t/m 29 januari 2011, Tapetenwechsel.
Ode Am Flutgraben is an urban chronicle about the site Am Flutgraben in Berlin, created during (and finished after) my artist in residency at artist studio Flutgraben e.V.
I’ve spend a great deal of time researching the site, zooming in on small parts – like cracks in the street – and zooming out, talking to different people about historical events, legends and myths. This research resulted in a collection of site specific photographs and a – fictional – letter written by Am Flutgraben. In the letter he describes his feelings towards my research and about his being.
About the site (quoted from Grenzspuren Am Flutgraben)
After 1945, this administrative boundary became the border between the two systems in the East and West. It was barricaded by the GDR government during the night from 12 to 13 August 1961, but the bus depot and state-owned bus and truck repair facility located between the Flutgraben, were left standing and are where Arena Berlin offers a variety of cultural programs today. As companies of the border, they were barricaded and guarded around the clock. Only workers were allowed to enter through checkpoints. One of the repair facility buildings was right on the Flutgraben and therefore directly on the border. Although many of the East Berlin buildings on the border were replaced by border barriers, this workshop building directly on the Flutgraben was left standing although several people used it to escape. It now serves as artist studios for Flutgraben e.V., but traces of the GDR border system are still visible today. Prominent relics of former border installations – the watchtower in Schlesischer Busch and the Osthafensteg – are also close by.