Le Parc de La Villette – a landscape for the 21st century

Is Future Aging? What happens to future when a brand-new generation of toddlers has arrived to look at it? When the avantgarde of two generations ago is walking grandchildren through the landscapes of old-but-bold dreams as, for example, at Le parc de la Villette in Paris’ 19th arrondissement? The small ones will wonder at the spectacular, shiny mirror which their avantgarde grandparents point out to them and they’ll take the kaleidoscopic reflections of La Géode … Continue reading Le Parc de La Villette – a landscape for the 21st century

(6) Toccata Organ – A Man’s Organ

An organ, found and lost The sentimental value of a technical artifact often survives even if it long ago ended in deadlock and was disposed at the vast graveyard of industrial equipment. This is true for the Toccata Organ, which is a prominent exhibit at the industrial museum ‘Industriesalon Schöneweide’ and the only existing instrument of that kind today. The technical signature of this organ is “K 2”. This may sound like a backward … Continue reading (6) Toccata Organ – A Man’s Organ

(5) Heritage of Loss – Manhood

Man Machine, drinking gasoline “I’m a man machine drinking gasoline” – an appealing song for a male citoyen who maybe lives in a European capital and shares his cool contemporary views via twitter and a weĺl-furnitured literary blog with a fairly  non-conformed net community. While listening to the hammering music for a second time  he imagines grimy, athletic bodies, emaciated by some excruciating industrial work … Continue reading (5) Heritage of Loss – Manhood

(4) Heritage of Loss – Cyborgs and all my yesterdays

My post-industrial cyborg self… … is getting inquisitive sometimes…   Where has my humanity gone? Has it left my body? Have I reduced myself to a feeling android? Or has my mind changed into cyborg software which handles my body and soul? But I know I can always press the escape key and stay safe with my human glass shades of feeling such as lighting … Continue reading (4) Heritage of Loss – Cyborgs and all my yesterdays

(3) Heritage of Loss – The Power of Tubes

Vacuum tubes – still going strong at Industriesalon Schöneweide Visiting the vast display storeroom at Industriesalon Schöneweide is like entering a sculpture park: You are overwhelmed by the magnitude and strangeness of the objects. The display storeroom (‘Schaudepot’) with a mass of impressive exhibits tells the eventful and multilayered story of electrical engineering at Berlin-Treptow, of the first power plant producing alternating current here, of … Continue reading (3) Heritage of Loss – The Power of Tubes

(2) Heritage of Loss – A Microwave Brontosaurus

Local identity and collective memories Industrial spaces witness the profound impact of technical activities on people’s socio-economic history and presence. The uniqueness of the heritage left over to future generations reveals a lot about the local process of industrial change. Somehow, each site carries the value of a specific local memory. It’s present not only in the industrial space and environmental background, but just the … Continue reading (2) Heritage of Loss – A Microwave Brontosaurus

(1) Heritage of Loss

  Industrial heritage – understanding loss and digging into future! Industrial sites shape landscapes into settlements and communities. Where there used to be nature, agriculture or wasteland you find buildings, plants, architecture, machinery, products, transport, housing – all of which develops like an island sputtered up from the ocean of man’s industrial and commercial instincts. An island that is projected into the future and based … Continue reading (1) Heritage of Loss

Glimpses from a backyard

St. Mary’s backyard is hibernating in faded colours, with some red flower heads left on a small Fuchsia and violet cabbage leaves in an oval metal tub. An empty terracotta amphora is, of course, no such thing as a Grecian urn but simply a fancy flower pot waiting for the next planting season. Still, the weathered tin can bears the looks of a “foster-child of … Continue reading Glimpses from a backyard

Less Time In February

From gloss and glamour to loss and clamour … The problem with handbags is the following: you overload! Overloading usually results in excessive digging, meaning that at crucial moments you are absolutely unable to come up with the object needed, as for example, your favourite lipstick. Rumour says that even feminists have been caught in the act of emptying the contents of their bags on … Continue reading Less Time In February