Friday, 4 June 2010

Hidden spaces.

Finally I am starting a new project - collaboration - with a dancer. Its going to be a steep learning curve. Thinking of how to use the space is the most important at this point. We have a level of a large room from an old brewery that has been taken over by artists and small galleries and project spaces. A real Berlin-esque space. Crumbly walls, rough floors and cracks in the ceiling letting in the light from outside. Big steal girders and lots of rubbish to clear away.

I cant wait. It's important though, I feel, to keep the feeling of the space. It would be such a shame to take away what makes it so exciting. I always find it hard to know how to go about using a space. Urban exploration comes to mind. It epitomises how I see and feel about Berlin. Everything is through people and exploration. There is an entire network of people who have come together through a desire to live in this city. People are passionate about the city because it is so 'alive' and the reason for that is that to really enjoy it you have to discover all the secret, hidden locations and events. Its a big adventure where you have to talk to people and engage with everyone and everything to live it. One giant treasure hunt where everyone is involved and excited.

With regards to this new project... I want to create an 'urban' or 'un-natural' garden that can be walked through. A space/experience/environment. Interiors and exteriors. Smells and curiosities. Within the hidden space there are little corners to discover. An adventure playground for the imagination.

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