The Last time you Fell

The debate between the conservation of the Palast der Republik and the rebuilding of the Stadtschloss, brings up both the genuine memories of the people who lived in the DDR time and the people who would like to look further back into the past to a pre-WWII era. It is also a political struggle about the representation of the new face of the reunited Berlin and a manifestation of it’s newly found cosmopolitical identity. The piece “The last time you fell, who was there to catch you” combines two ready-made elements that are taken form these two historical building. One is a chandelier that used to be in the Palast der Republik, which no longer exist and the other is a negative silicone mold, which is part of a process to remake the Baroque facade using new materials and technologies. Put together they represent an in-between stage; the Palast der Republik does no longer exist and the Stadtschloss is in a process of being rebuild. The silicon cast is presented laying over a table, it shows a face and a hand of a figure reaching out. It resembles a skin during an autopsy or a body undergoing examination. The lamp from the Palast der Republik is shining over the figure, bringing certain kind of contemplation and solitude into the atmosphere. It has a shape of a cross, would it be able to resurrect the skin?

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