Abandonamento is a series of small video interventions at abandoned places in the city of Berlin. The work was done during my residence at the Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik. The work is supported by the Ministério da Cultural do Brasi and part of the Program Deutschland+Brasilien 2013-2014.
Using a pico video projector the screened images suggest situations that could be happening at those places nowadays. It is an attempt to inhabit those places once again.
The work also seeks to bring back the sight on those places. Most of them are abandoned due the estate rush.
At the first moment I sought for abandoned places in the metropolitan area of Berlin. Then I visited some of those places to know more about them. After the visits I researched about the past of buildings and I started to create specific videos for each place. At the final stage I went back to those places to project the videos.
Places and Images:
Old train station at Greifswalderstraße
A deactivated train terminal. The screened video depicts everyday situations of a regular train station.
An old headquarters of the Soviet army in Bernau bei Berlin. After the end of the DDR all the Soviet troops left Germany back to Russia. They took all their equipment but the buildings are still there.
The Soviet government always gave an especial importance to the sports and many athletes came from the army. So each building of the Panzer Kaserne has its own gymnasium on the top. I chose to create images for the gyms instead the other facilities of the HQ.
Built in 1974 in the former East Berlin. In 1969 Iraq was the first non-socialist country to recognize East Germany as an independent country. So both countries always had good relations. But during the Gulf War (1990-1991) the Iraqi government decided to close in a hurry some embassies in Europe, including the one Berlin.
To avoid the political context and to create a contrast with the ruined building, the images screened at the Iraqi Embassy illustrate some typical Arab mosaics.
Built in 1896 by the Norddeutschen Eiswerke AG and active until 1995 the factory is still known as Berliner Eisfabrik. Over decades it was the biggest ice factory in Germany. With the modernization of the domestic freezers the Berliner Eisfabrik's production started to decrease and leaded the factory to close its doors.
As the building is located right in middle of the city the construction companies are fighting each other to buy the area. Nevertheless the municipality of Berlin is still studying what to do with the area and the building.
The projections on the walls of the Berliner Eisfabrik are made by images of dairy, meet and cold food.