Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Rhizome | In Search of Reality at the Berlin Biennial

Iron curtain Germany (near Witzenhausen-Heilig...Image via Wikipedia

Rhizome | In Search of Reality at the Berlin Biennial: "On the way to Kreuzberg from the Berlin airport, my taxi driver complained bitterly about the economic impact ofreunification. His job in West Berlin had been to arrange shipping logistics in the highly specialized context of a city cut off from its surroundings by intractable political circumstance. When the Wall came down, his profession evaporated, leaving behind deep-seated resentment.

This resentment, he claimed, is shared by most Berliners on both sides of the former Iron Curtain. Only people in certain neighborhoods - neighborhoods he derisively referred to as 'fake Berlin' - live in blithe ignorance of the persistent East-West division."