video, photography, Kunstpalais Erlangen, 2010
In a conflict over the future of the Artisthouse Bethanien in Berlin the exhibition "New Harmony" researched the turbulent history of the former hospital, assessed the situation and the positions of the competing parties. As an exit strategy we opted for a change and a step towards something new. We suggested to move on to a new place, the former amusementpark Plaenterwald at a bend of the river Spree. Ever since its bankrupt owner had fled the country, the place is desolated. The fairywheel, the rides and booths are decaying. A transfer of the studios and workshops from the Bethanien to the disused park could mark the beginning of an urban artist colony – a theme park of another kind.
photo: Erich Malter