Book presentation: Skulpturenpark Berlin_Zentrum
Fri, 19.11.2010, 8 PM, Buchhandlung Walther König, Burgstraße 27, 10178 Berlin
We would like to invite you for our book presentation on Friday, November 19, 8 pm at Buchhandlung Walther König, Burgstraße 27, 10178 Berlin.
Edited by KUNSTrePUBLIK e.V.,
Cologne 2010. 367 pages, 450 color photos and illustrations with some full page. Paperback.
Published by Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Germany
Order Number: 1453033
with articles of:
Ayreen Anastas + Rene Gabri, Michael Boehler, Etienne Boulanger, Daniel Bozhkov, Martin Conrads, Matthias Einhoff, Arnaud Elfort + Eden Morfaux, Simon Faithfull, Wiebke Grösch + Frank Metzger, Andrej Holm, Philip Horst, Sofia Hultén, Daniel Knorr, Folke Köbberling + Martin Kaltwasser, KUNSTrePUBLIK, Rodney LaTourelle, Markus Lohmann, Miklós Mécs + Judith Fischer, Angela Melitopoulos, Ulrike Mohr, Hajnal Németh, Christine Nippe, Matteo Pasquinelli, Valeska Peschke, Jelka Plate, Harry Sachs, Kai Schiemenz, Susanne Schröder, Daniel Seiple, Katarina Šević, Christoph Ziegler
“Located to the southwest of Alexanderplatz – where the districts of Berlin-Mitte and Kreuzberg come together – is an area that is undergoing a ‹critical reconstruction›, an expression used in urban planning to refer to the «mixed-use zoning of closed block developments». In reality, the area is more like an «un- or under-developed green and vacant space». Situated precisely in the dead center of the city, on what was formerly the militarized zone within the Berlin Wall, this area presents an unusual setting in which economic strategies of land divestiture and the politics of sociological urban development have played out in slow motion. In 2006, Matthias Einhoff, Philip Horst, Markus Lohmann, Harry Sachs and Daniel Seiple appropriated the land, and established the art collective, KUNSTrePUBLIK, to operate and maintain it as Skulpturenpark Berlin_Zentrum.
Skulpturenpark Berlin_Zentrum is an urban jungle surrounded by drab apartment and office buildings, demarcated by makeshift fences and overgrown with weeds, bushes and trees, and strewn with the remains of pre-WWII edifices. Except for a few recent construction sites not much of the Skulpturenpark terrain has changed in the last four years.”