Fake - People's
Academy. For 1 Euro.
Tours. Ways. Guided Tours
Special city tours will be taking place over the whole
duration of the Mobile Academy. They will consist of 35 scouts
accompanying small groups of students through Berlin.
These individual topographies will introduce two asynchronous
experiences of the city: locations and streets, which indicate
habits, everyday life and familiarity and / or places of historical
or contemporary inadequacy and strangeness. They are tours through
urban zones, which convey feelings of home and strangeness, lying
between, habit, alienation and reappropriation - alongside the
representative buildings, the private local districts, into deserts
and free territory.
Tour 1: Berlin Village Square - The
Pettinesses of a City
Scout: Benjamin Foerster-Baldenius
Sites of the petty and the embarrassing in Berlin: places of gossip,
gems of the city, hangouts and building sites, imitation buildings,
historical reconstructions and the failed big projects of the
last 100 years.
Benjamin Foerster-Baldenius is a representative architect, Raumlabor_Berlin
Tuesday, 31st August, 15:30, Mitte / Kreuzberg
Tour 2: From the Feudal to Socialist
Scout: Friedrich Dieckmann
Feudal, bourgeois and socialist architecture of the historical
centre of Berlin - from the Sophienkirche to the TV tower.
Friedrich Dieckmann is a writer and publicist.
Tuesday, 31st August, 15:30, Kreuzberg
Tour 3: Something New from the Elf Front
Scout: Wolfgang Müller
An Icelandic bicycle trip though Berlin and a visit to the exhibition
hárkunst - New Cuts from Reykjavik.
Wolfgang Müller is both an expert on elves and an artist
and also teaches at the College of Visual Arts in Hamburg.
Tuesday, 31st August, 15:30, Mitte / Tiergarten
Tour 4: Women's Stories from Berlin
Scout: Petra Pau
From Kastanienallee via the Marienkirche to Dorotheenstraße.
Petra Pau is the representative for the PDS in the German parliament.
Tuesday, 31st August, 15:30, Prenzlauer Berg / Mitte
Tour 5: Flowers in the Wasteland - Cultural
Projects in Empty Urban Locations in Berlin-Mitte
Scout: Amelie Deuflhard
Various sites that are being temporarily put to use. Free spaces
for artists, which are also being increasingly commercialised
due to the economy and event agencies. Stopping points will include
the Villa Elisabeth and the skeleton of the Palast der Republik.
Amelie Deuflhardt is the head of the Sophiensaele in Berlin.
Tuesday, 31st August, 15:30, Mitte
Tour 6: Dahlem to the Left and Right
of the Line 1
Scout: Friedemann Büttner
Rich Dahlem, with its old villas, small parks and shocking places.
Here were the headquarters of the Allied control council from1945-1990,
the location of the first atomic fission in 1939, the institute
for the "scientific" analysis of the concentration camp
experiments on twin research and the listening and sending units
of the former main headquarters of the American forces in Berlin
(which still have not been dismantled).
Friedemann Büttner is a professor of politics and the Middle
East at the Free University in Berlin.
Wednesday, 1st September, 17:00, Dahlem
Tour 7: Lost in Transition
Scout: Stefan Thimmel
The Topography of Terror, the 'Führer bunker', the Schwarzenberg
Haus and the Holocaust Memorial: places between appropriation,
redistribution, reinterpretation and privatisation.
Stefan Thimmel is a trained architect, freelance journalist and
consultant for development cooperation.
Wednesday, 1. September, 17:00, Mitte
Tour 8: My Favourite German word illustrated
in my Favourite German city: Predetermined Breaking Point
Scout: Micz Flor
The point in a system which breaks when it is overloaded without
the complete system collapsing is called the predetermined breaking
point. In Berlin for example, such a point is visible in Wolliner
Straße: half 'Red Wedding' / half Mitte, underground is
the most spectacular escape tunnel, above the ground the area
seperated by the wall, the Mauerpark in the east and the wall
memorial in the west.
Micz Flor is a cultural entrepreneur and media activist.
Wednesday, 1st September, 17:00, Mitte
Tour 9: The Graffiti Tour
Scouts: Jonas Wenzelewski, Arasch Rahimi-Afshari, Chehad Ali
The historical / practical graffiti tour with graffiti artists
and a visit to the East Side Gallery.
Jonas Wenzelewski, Arasch Rahimi-Afshari, Chehad Ali Abdallah,
Wednesday, 1st September, 17:00, Kreuzberg
Tour 10: Berlin's Boards - Stageride
Scout: Swantje Henke
Swantje Henke will lead a tour of various theatres, introducing
and examining theatres in the west and the east, both inside and
Wednesday, 1st September, 17:00, Charlottenburg / Tiergarten
Tour 11: Living and Dying in 36
Scout: Neco Celik
Living and dying in the Nürtinger elementary school, in the
Georg-von-Rauch-Haus, at Mariannenplatz, in Muskauer Straße
and in the market hall (Markthalle).
Neco Celik is a filmmaker.
Thursday, 2. September, 17:00, Kreuzberg
Tour 12: Monuments of Power
Scout: Lindy Annis
The monuments of past powers are being destroyed, rubbed out,
replaced, modified, acquired, made into museums or forgotten:
a tour to the SPD headquarters, Göring's air force ministry,
the glittering towers of Sony and Mercedes Benz, the Brandenburg
gate and 'Stalinallee'.
Lindy Annis is a director and performer, famous for her short
performances, most recently Shorts: an Encyclopedia of Tragic
Attitudes, Lady Hamiltons Attitüden
Thursday, 2nd September, 17:00, Kreuzberg / Mitte
Tour 13: Beaten Path IV (German)
Scout: Thomas Heise
Start: National snack bar at S-Bahnhof Storkower Straße,
under the clock without numbers that has a view of the job centre.
Tour: cheap fabric shops, the Prenzlauer Berg district office,
taking a social security waiting number and waiting in the office.
Finish: drinking a beer standing up at the kiosk in front of the
Thomas Heise is a documentary filmmaker, author and director.
His films include: Vaterland (2002), Der Ausländer (1987
Thursday, 2nd September, 14:00, Friedrichshain / Prenzlauer
Tour 14: Auspicious Architectonic Promises
in Green West Berlin 1950-1990
Scout: Jesko Fezer
Structures of ecological, social, collective or self-determined
housing forms in Tiergarten.
Jesko Fezer is co-editor of AnArchitektur, co-operator of the
bookshop Pro qm and also teaches at the University of Arts in
Thursday, 2nd September, 17:00, Tiergarten, cancelled because
Tour 15: Remnants of Utopia: Gropiusstadt
Scout: Matthias Lilienthal
The utopia of the Bauhaus style has only managed to leave behind
an economised version of Berlin and some remains. Will the next
aesthetic thrust emerge from these suburbs when the nostalgia
for old buildings is over? Or will they degenerate into a social
focal point? A tour from U-Bahnhof Lipschitzallee to Rudower Chausee.
Matthias Lilienthal is the artistic director of the Hebbel- am-
Ufer/ HAU 1-3 Theatres.
Thursday, 2nd September, 17.00, Gropiusstadt
Tour 16: From the West to the West
Scout: Annett Gröschner
A tram tour on the number 20 line: from the border crossing at
Oberbaumbrücke through the former East Berlin to Eberswalderstraße,
the Mauerpark and the formerly divided Gleimstraße.
Annett Gröschner is an author.
Friday, 3rd September, 17:00, from Kreuzberg / Friedrichshain
to Prenzlauer Berg / Wedding
Tour 17: Alienation and Reappropriation
in Mitte (German)
Scout: Dorothee Dubrau
Stopping points will be sites of successful urban appopriation:
tenants and ideal gardens, living projects for do it yourselfers,
self-run houses. Sites of the loss of a home: the Jewish quarter,
the former Ahawa kindergarten, the collection point for deportations
and the deportation memorial.
Dorothee Dubrau is the district council officer for urban development
Friday, 3rd September, 17:00, Mitte
Tour 18: The Breaks, Contradictions
and Continuity of German History
Scout: Bruno Flierl
Between Potsdamer Platz and Alexanderplatz: social and governmental
sites from the Spreebogen to Spreeinsel. The great boulevards:
Unter den Linden and Friedrichstraße.
Bruno Flierl is an architectural theorist and has focussed on
GDR city planning, planning for Berlin city centre and high-rise
towns of the 20th century in his work.
Friday, 3rd September, 17:00, Mitte
Tour 19: The heart of Kreuzberg
Scout: Claudia Wahjudi
Oranienstraße and the neighbourhood around it as a mixture
of art, migration and urban planning.
Claudia Wahjudi is artistic editor of Zitty magazine and a freelance
Friday, 3rd September, 17:00, Kreuzberg
Tour 20: Englishness and its Opposite:
a quest for the Exotic by an Englishman abroad.
Scout: Sean Patten
A comparison between familiar and unfamiliar exoticism: the Berlin
allotment colonies and the English pub.
Sean Patten, performance artist (Gob Squad)
Friday, 3. September, 17:00, Friedrichshain
Tour 21: Secret Places
Scout: Georgette Dee
Marzahn Relaxation Park: the Japanese garden
in the midst of the tower blocks of the East and insider tips
in the West: the Nollendorf neighbourhood.
Saturday 4th September, 17:00, Marzahn/ Tempelhof
Tour 22: Kreuzberg - Places of Degentryfication
Scout: Helmut Höge
Stopping points will include: Waldemarstraße - the earlier
site of close combat training for the neigbourhood militia, today
the place of residence for an entire Anatolian village, the 'Neue
Kreuzberg' and the Georg-von-Rauch-Haus in Bethanien (once co-occupied
and defended by Höge).
Helmut Höge is an author and currently working as a correnspondent
for the taz and Friday
Saturday, 4th September, 17:00, Kreuzberg
Tour 23: Africa apart, Africa central
Scout: Mohammed Abdel Amine
Stopping points of an African Berliner, from Zoo to Wedding and
on to Kreuzberg: the international telephone shop at Hardenbergplatz
- Federal Border Police - the African quarter - Allotment colony
with a colonial past - African food shop - Registration point
Mohammed Abdel Amine, Brandenburg Initiative for Refugees
Saturday, 4th September, 17:00, Tiergarten / Wedding / Kreuzberg
Tour 24: Ham'se ooch einjeschmolzen:
The National Monument
Scout: Robert Graf
A tour on and underneath Schlossplatz - today the site of the
ruined Palast der Republik previously the location of the Hohenzollern
castle and national monument for William the Great.
Robert Graf is a theatre studies expert and is currently working
as a designer and developer of medical UMTS applications.
Saturday, 4th September, 17:00, Mitte
Tour 25: Avoiding Couples and Kids in
Scouts: Susanne Sachße und Marc Siegel
Hedy Lamarr, one of the most glamorous actresses of the golden
era of Hollywood was happiest between marriages - a reconnaissance
of queer pleasures: cruising the streets by day and walking through
the park at night.
Susanne Sachße is an actress, Marc Siegel is a film scientist.
Saturday, 4th September, 17:00, Prenzlauer Berg
Tour 26: Expedition Friedrichstraße
Scout: Sandra Umathum
The metamorphoses of 3.3 km long north-south and east-west mile
both at the same time.
Sandra Umathum is a theatre studies academic and is currently
writing her thesis on plot instructions in art.
Dienstag, 14th September, 17:00, Kreuzberg / Mitte
Tour 27: Musical Dreams and Nightmares
Scout: Jacob Bilabel
The sites of Berlin's musical workshop - the small labels in Schlesische
Straße, the Arena in Treptow and the big studios: MTV and
Jacob Bilabel is the director of creative concepts for Universal
Dienstag, 14th September, 17:00, Mitte
Tour 28: Fakelore 36 - Kreuzberg between
"Foreigner Ghetto" and Exoticism
Scout: Shermin Langhoff
Tea time with Tamer Yigit (actor and filmmaker), building joints
with Killa Hakan (rapper / musician), modelling penises with Gio
di Sera (ambassador of Kreuzberg).
Shermin Langhoff (kultursprünge, Berlin) is an authorised
representative of the cultural sector.
Dienstag, 14th September, 17:00, Kreuzberg
Tour 29: Sites of City Planning Strategies
at the Beginning of the 90s.
Scout: Volker Hassemer
The former area around the wall, now: Potsdamer Platz, Ministergärten,
Reichstag, Spandauer Vorstadt, Wall- and a Railstrategy.
Volker Hassemer was the Berlin government senator responsible
for planning after the fall of the Wall.
Dienstag, 14th September, 17:00, Mitte
Tour 30: Teufelsberg - Rubble Heap of
History, Cold War, Living on the Top
Scout: Jochen Becker
The Teufelsberg as the highest point in Berlin: a wannabe ski-area
with the rubble of the Second World War underneath it. This is
where the cold war listened to the east - now luxury flats are
to be built here.
Jochen Becker is a critic, lecturer and curator of metroZones
Dienstag, 14th September, 17:00, Wilmersdorf
You can register for the tours on 25 900 457. Then
you will be told the meeting point for the tours. Unless otherwise
mentioned, the tours are in English.