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THE CITY AS A STAGE.
TOURISM. SYMBOLS & MONUMENTS.


August 30th - September 19th

If the city is a stage, what play is performed there?

Stefan Kaegi regards everyday life as theatre; "Our experience is that most people know only seven or eight paths through their city. A new city is revealed simply by looking upwards or to the side - we are trying to open doors. The strands of text in our recorded theatre pieces are only loosely fitted together. The observer fills in the gaps. Everybody directs his own film."

With the help of headphones, letters, mirrors, projectors and other props, segments of everyday life will be staged as readymade pieces of theatre on the spot. Each view becomes a stage set, each angle becomes the fragment of a piece, and each passer-by becomes an extra or a member of the audience. Kaegi's project for the Academy will, much like a paperchase, lay new tracks running through Berlin: the written stage directions for a production that the viewer invents as he walks and looks around. "The dramaturgy of The Berlin Files updates itself based on the principles of remote control. Each deposited message both acts like a window for the students of the Academy and is at the same time a new scene in a puzzle. Those who want to see the play to the end will have to study the props like pieces of evidence."

Theatrical city tours will be developed together with the students. These tours will be open to any interested Berlin habitants and tourists even after the Mobile Academy is over.
Michel de Certeau's Kunst des Handelns will serve as a logbook for the course. Jean Cocteau's film Orphée will also be examined for cross-references. The students are also asked to bring a description, photos, a video or a sound recording of a flat in their hometown. They should choose a space that could be used to avoid being detected. In Berlin, this hideout shall be transposed to the architecture of the rooms they come across and function as a place of refuge.



September 11th - September 19th

SubREAL has been pursuing the project Interviewing the Cities since the mid 90s. It has already taken place in Vienna, Amsterdam, Helsinki, Montreal, Strasbourg, Turku and Stockholm. Interviewing the Cities works using photography, film and postcards and can be seen as an installation, performance or exhibited archive.

In Berlin the project will pursue one main question: how individuals connect with the city and its concrete cultural values and architectonic conditions, in the way these are expressed in monuments, memorials and museums. This process concerns both the relationship between private and public space and the formation of urban identity and collective memory through regional public planning and the cultural setting of symbols. What relationship do the individuals in a city have to the symbolic buildings there? As an experiment, urban models of the last century shall be applied to today's urban structures.

A participatory observation of the city of Berlin that includes walks, the mapping of specific locations, public interventions and presentations.