Abandoned Berlin | Documentary

Filed 30/8/2016 |
Around this time last year, a documentary-maker from Barcelona by the name of Jordi Busquets got in touch to make a short film on abandoned Berlin spaces. He asked if I’d be on for an interview. I said sure, why not? And so we met one fine day at Flugplatz Johannisthal, he asked a load of questions, I said whatever popped into my head in response, and we went exploring. If you haven’t seen it yet, this is the result: Abandoned Berlin | Documentary!

Jordi wrote a bit about the process on the Cultura Conectada website, in English here, y aquí en Español.

The film led Mit Vergnügen Berlin to getting in touch and asking a few more questions. You can read my responses, auf Deutsch hier. I Heart Berlin also featured it, as did the good people of Fotostrasse. Once you’re done reading, watch it!

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Thank you again for your collaboration and congratulations for your amazing work! See you on any abandoned place ;)

Presumably during economic upturns and special tax-exempt opportunities, developers will purchase the land upon which abandoned buildings currently exist.

In the meantime, however, such buildings should be fenced-off to prevent vandals and even potential squatters from moving in. Properties imminent for revitalization should have security guards and even guard dogs present.

There have been cases in other countries of children being trapped, injured, and even killed while trespassing in such places. Who then is responsible: the current landowner, or municipal, regional, or federal government level? Who can be sued in court for negligence in the case of injury or death?

I do think quite a few of us are attracted to the creative arts work of lost artists who make statements we are afraid to make ourselves. they are the voices of our inner suppressed self.

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