Die Insel

photo by Asha Bee Abraham

The story of the city is written not by the historians or the travel bureaus. It is written as its people interact with its places through the simplicity of everyday life. We give the city its personality by exchanging smiles, stealing kisses and slamming car horns; We construct its sounds and the sights with our busking and street art; We draw the lines on the map through our paths to work. Our stories build the city, brick by brick, paragraph by paragraph.

Die Insel was a 4-month participatory art project which took place in April-July 2014 over the course of a residency at Berlin’s Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik (ZK/U). It was in part a revisit to my 2008 Human Ecology MSc dissertation. Gathering stories that connect the people of Moabit, Berlin, to the places that are meaningful to them in the simplest of ways, Die Insel explored relationships between people and place. The project involved a number of different public outcomes, which occurred across the monthly ZK/U Openhaus events. These included participatory story mapping, mind mapping by locals, story reading, audio recordings, a walking tour, development of a printed story map, and an interactive digital installation, which was made in collaboration with media artist Ana Tiquia.

More details can be found at www.dieinsel.tumblr.com.

My residency at ZK/U was funded by the Australia Council for the Arts.

DSC01971_smallphoto by Marc Martin

DSC01900_smallphoto by Asha Bee Abraham

DSC01913_smallphoto by Asha Bee Abraham

DSC01853_cropped_smallphoto by Asha Bee Abraham

DSC01963_cropped_smallphoto by Asha Bee Abraham

SamuelOpenhauscropphoto by Samuel Kalika

DSC02254_editphoto by Samuel Kalika

ZKU_AshaBee_011photo by Laura Fiorio

ZKU_AshaBee_015photo by Laura Fiorio

ZKU_AshaBee_018photo by Laura Fiorio

DSC02418_editphoto by Asha Bee Abraham
Moabit_Map_PRINT_screen-1map design by Marc Martin

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