There is a great thing about communal histories. It feels nice to have a similar framework to talk about. But these communal histories leave out many voices and aspects of the past that still impact people today. Colonialism is finally being acknowledged in academic circles in Germany yet many the colonial public monuments do not yet reflect this dialogue. The parks of Berlin hold history in many obvious, but also many hidden ways.
The abundance of public space in Berlin is not guaranteed. The large Volksparks arose during industrialization in Berlin, under the pressures to provide more public services. Today, pressures are moving toward development. I think it’s interesting to see the history of parks and public space in Berlin and reflect on the forces that gave rise to the presence of the green space we enjoy today.
Representation in public space has been intentional throughout time. But today, as a society we are less careful about the monuments and messages remain in public. I got very curious about the public figures I saw in Berlin parks which led me to question what we want to show now?
Berlin’s parks both a place of refuge and domestication when it comes to wildlife. While some native animals are no longer found here, many new species have arrived and are being preserved in locations throughout the city.
How would you paint the future you want to see? When I film in parks, I seek beauty. It is now always obvious or easy. But so much beauty exists if you look and listen closely.
Many Berliners love Berlin for its wild side. You may be thinking techno clubs or art collectives, but I explored the wild side of Berlin’s parks, in many forms. I think we all crave the wilderness but prefer a tamed version of wild.