Prison Island Moabit
Kurt Kurt, projets for public space, Berlin 2009
Territorial seclusion generates sociotopes with distinct rules, hierarchies and survival strategies. While Foucault saw prisons as heterotopias, "other spaces", inverting and contesting the existing order, the special case of the prison island exponentiates the situation. We transfer the narrative of the movie 'Escape from New York' (John Carpenter, 1981) to Berlin. In its city center, just a stone's throw away from the main station and the government district lies the prison Moabit. Despite the impoverishment of the borough it is rated as the next hot investment opportunity.
"In 2020 the crime rate in the European Union rises by 400 percent. The Berlin district of Moabit becomes the one maximum security prison for the entire Union. A 50 foot containment wall is erected along the Spree shoreline, the Berlin-Spandau Canal, Westharbor Canal and down along the Charlottenburg Junction Canal. It completely surrounds the island of Moabit. All bridges and waterways are mined. Like an Army, troops of Europol are encamped around the island. There are no guards inside the prison, only prisoners, and the worlds they have made. The rules are simple: Once you go in, you don’t come out."
Dellbrügge & de Moll, Heimkino 2, 15 min, 2009