Unwriting the Teufelsberg

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Main focus of this artistic research project is the exploration of the notions of site specificity, embodiment and performativity. In this case, the legendary Teufelsberg (Devil Mountain), a former survellaince station of the americans during Cold War, serves as site to deepen and sense these notions. Additionally, the long and complex history of Teufelsberg (or the highest mountain made of rubble in Berlin), is seen as starting point to ascertain of how the history of a place can be embodied and translated into a physical experience and body language.

The most important methodology for doing this, is based on the concept of Body Mapping in which the space is not only framed as a stage for action, but to the opposite, space itself is enacted. How can bodies and spaces inscribe themselves into each other? How can a space become a medium or an agent for stories and histories? And what positions does an embodied story or history take towards written history? are some of the main questions. 

Regarding these issues, Nathalie Fari carried out in collaboration with the author and media theorist Rafael Dernbach, the first edition of the project called BODY MAPPING LAB - a performative expedition to the historical site Teufelsberg. During eight days, a group of artists from different backgrounds met every day at S-Bahn Grunewald to walk up together to Teufelsberg and to take part of a residency program which was divided into mainly four areas: 

  • Walking Session / exploration of the walks from S-Bahn Grunewald to Teufelsberg 
  • Writing Exercises / documentation of the process and analysis of the place 
  • Body Work / practice of different body techniques and creation of the final group performance 
  • Community Work / engagement with the community of Tuéufeksberg by including activities from guests (Five Rhythm's Class and Guided Tour) and by creating a joint experience. 

The results from these areas, were assembled into a SCRIPT which was presented on the last day of the Lab, in the context of the Tag des Offenen Denkmals (Day of the Open Memorial) and in collaboration with the platform Theaterscoutings Berlin

2016/ Sept - on going

Idea, Concept: Nathalie Fari in Collaboration with Rafael Dernbach // Project Assistance: Petterson Costa // Lab Participants: Anna Semenova, Erika Schwarz, Alexandra Lucas, Julia Salem, Juliana Gennari and Hunter Lee Daniel // Special Guests: Oliver Euchner and Richard Rabensaat // Documentation: Anton Roland Laub, Juliana Gennari, Luciana, Abel Arcuri, Why Alix 

Supported by: Artconnect, Berlin Art Link, Theaterscoutings Berlin, Teufelsberg e.V.