MITTEN - city as a sculpture - audio walk
length ca. 7,6 km, duration ca. 2-3 hours
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The story's that are told in tourist guides often have nothing to do with urban reality. They tell something about history, the past of the country and it’s political leaders. We learn something about memorials and squares that are described as remarkable. The citizens often are barely connected to these monuments and histories in their everyday life. But if they where asked by visitors to show them around in the city they would tell them the „official route“, similar to these routes in the tourist guides. An official, collective and faked picture of the town obscures the individual point of view of each citizen. How does one experience the city, the place where one live? How does the individual influence the city and vice-versa. What can one discover when one deals with this small splitted up townscapes, instead of dealing with the big, official statements? Through city walks and interviews with different individuals from Berlin-Mitte, I got to know about the individual views of these persons on their city. The result of this detailed research is put into a handy form (e.g. brochure with audio-guide). Equipped with these materials other citizens or visitors could get an insight into the different subjective views onto the city. They learn something about an individual person and its townscape which they may have never met or learned about. The individual and every day life city-perception of individuals should be a kind of experienceable, readable, lively and communicative Sculpture. The parallel subjective city-perceptions of the citizens and visitors that exist just at the same time, are shown as layers that are documented and visualized in the city itself.
--- A. Kerschkewicz