Walking Berlin

The Berlin residency is part of of a taught project at the Reinwardt Academy in Amsterdam focussing on understanding heritage as affect in a changing world.

There is an increasing interest in the relationship between emotions and heritage with regards to places and sites of contestation. In this module, we explore forms of embodied research and emotion networking as methodologies for understanding present-day heritage production. The practice of emotioning allows for the affect, the senses and the imagination to enter the equation while entering heritage spaces. While researching these matters, we deal with aspects of time and space, and memory and identity as well as imaginaries and fantasy. In other words: we come to an understanding of how the field of our imagination and our physical environment run into another. We understand both walking and the exploration of ‘emotion networks’ as methodologies for connecting sites, crafts, identities, stories, climates, natures, matter, humans, animals and debris. Through walking, a researcher or practitioner is invited to engage in deep ways with the consequences of climate change and contemporary identity politics, thinking through the body and the senses, as much as through the mind.

Visual Report Berlin Walking Seminar

This post are some randomn photos by photographer Sophie Seydel of the March 2017 walking residency in Berlin

Meaning Making Through Subjective Connections

by Sinem Cerrah   What would be the first feeling about Berlin for the one who had never lived there? Would she love it? Or hate it? Maybe nothing. She might find it beautiful, or influential, or exhausting, or dreary. Maybe too contemporary! Let’s change the question a little bit: What would be a connection… Read more…

Five Fragments In the Presence of Absence

By Lea Grüter    My family is from the West of Germany. I never experienced this as clearly as during our stay in Berlin. Germany for me, most of the time was Germany. The GDR was something which existed in history books, “Ampelmännchen” and German movies as “Goodbye Lenin” or “The Lives of Others”. When I… Read more…

A Personal Metro Map

By Christiane Lindner      This is a metro map of West Berlin. You can easily tell, because it shows both the western and the eastern part of the city. The map for East Berlin only shows eastern services. It is funny how, just through looking at the maps, you can tell how different peoples’… Read more…

Soundtrack Bijlmer

Together with artist Michiel Huijsman of the Soundtrackcity initiative Reinwardt students visited the Bijlmer and especially the site of the 1992 Bijlmer disaster. Together they did a audio mapping exercise of that area of the Bijlmer.