I did a ritual performance on Teufelsberg in Berlin (as part of my MFA research/Psychomagic actions/Jodorowksy looking at money systems in relation to the female erotic body in subversive/resistive often invisible ways) within the Grunewald Forest, which is one of many 'mountains' in Berlin created by rubble from WW2 dumped within natural landscapes. There are 2 mountains at Teufelsberg (Devils mountain) and we climbed this first one, which has the former American spy base on it. You used to be able to enter here illegally, but it currently has people residing in it who have sealed all the holes in the fence and are charging 7 euro to enter for one hour on a tour! 2 of my friends jumped the fence to have a look but the rest of us went to this other mountain from which this distant photo is taken of the spy base.
I brought with me my rejected health insurance policy for a rejected german/artist visa in response to a friend of mine whom I emailed my project letter to who I suggested us going to Teufelsberg thought me doing something to this policy would represent this injustice of having to pay twice as much as a woman immigrant/foreigner to get a visa for Germany (for pregnancy healthcare!). I thought that this could be destroyed on top of the mountain and contributing to the 'rubble' of German history.
I have since discovered that this rubble was also moved by the women of Berlin, which only adds another layer of the history of women being made to carry the system, or what is left of it. Structures, institutions. I replaced the axe hacked insurance policy with a plant.
Subsequently, the following year I have managed to avoid paying any insurance at all to reside with a visa in Germany, which somehow seems rather synchronous don't you think? A similar thing happened with my Burning Student Loans video performance in NZ, my debt mysteriously got eradicated. Neither of those were my intention for destroying the documents in a ritual, but that is what happened.
Filmed by Matthew Ward 2012.