#1 / The Mauerpark and democracy
The Mauerpark Affair
Immediately after the fall of the Berlin Wall, local citizens took the initiative and began replanting a section of the former border strip between the districts of Prenzlauer Berg in East Berlin and Wedding in West Berlin.
They thus literally laid the groundwork for a public park whose completion would prove to be a bone of contention for the next twenty-five years—a period in which participatory planning procedures exhausted civic engagement, and social and spatial polarisation became increasingly extreme.
As this detailed reconstruction of the history of Mauerpark illustrates, the site is no isolated example but rather symptomatic of developments in many parts of Berlin and other cities too: for what is at stake here is the reach of representative democracy.
Studied at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and the Whitney Independent Study Program, NY. Co-operator of the project space General Public Berlin (2005–2015). Since 2015 editorial member of the Berlin Journals—On the History and Present State of the City and co-editor of Ibid. – szenische Lesungen aus Dokumenten der Berliner Stadt-und Kunturpolitik. Since 2017 research on Autonomy and Functionalisation at the UdK Berlin. Lectureship at the department of Theory and History at the weißensee academy of art berlin (2017–2018).
Judith Laub studied cultural and political sciences at the University of Vincennes-Saint-Denis / Institut d’études européennes (F). From 2007 to 2014, she worked as a subtitler and translator for ARTE and TV5 monde, among others. Since 2012 academic collaboration and co-author of artistic projects with Heimo Lattner, among others for musikprotokoll at steirischer herbst Graz, Riga Kulturhauptstadt Europa, Festspielhaus Hellerau Dresden, Qo-2 Brussels and Hebbel am Ufer Berlin.
Text: Heimo Lattner and Judith Laub
Photographs: Stephanie Kloss and Ulrich Wüst, among others
Design: form und sinn
E-book production: EECLECTIC
96 pages (pdf), 34 illustrations
ISBN 978-3-947295-01-2 epub (10 MB)
ISBN 978-3-947295-08-1 pdf (6 MB)
Published as a book by: berlinerhefte.de