berlin is you and me

mapping the city in 10 remakes

August 2011

Arriving in Berlin for the first time, I thought of doing a pilgrimage in behalf of friends who have been to the city before. I collected stories of their’ meaningful experiences and asked each of them give me a special task that has something to do with these memories. The stories and the tasks were connected to either places they visited, events that occured during their visits, or persons they intereacted with.

I mapped the city through the memories, itineraries and the tasks, the present in continuity with the past, and the linear trajectories becoming rhizomic. I performed the tasks, simultaneous with remembering my relationship with my friends, and creating for me new experiences and relationships as well. Berlin came alive. Berlin became intimate. Berlin became me, you and the other.

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