Berlin JournalsOn the History and Present State of the City #8
Constanze Fischbeck, Sven Kalden
The melting of the last ice-age glaciers, some 12,000 years ago, left behind a sparsely-vegetated moraine landscape in the north of Berlin. The Düne Wedding stands as the only remaining relic of these dune formations of the Rehberge hills in what is now Berlin-Mitte. It has been a registered natural monument since 1976. It was "reconstructed" and has regulated opening hours. The Rehberge, as they originally appeared, inspired a wide range of fantasies for their use. The most famous are Carl Hagenbeck's plans for a so-called future animal park, meant to exhibit animals and people for both entertainment and educational purposes. Driven by German colonialism, these and other partly exotic attributions contributed to the definition of the neighboring African Quarter.
Constanze Fischbeck and Sven Kalden collage annotated photographs, pictures, and documents. Together with an essay by the artist Akinbode Akinbiyi, they tell and expand the history of this place from the end of the 19th century to the present day. The fragile nature of a sand dune reflects the complex process of the urbanization of an unusual landscape.
104 pages, fully illustrated
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