PRINT September 2012


Rabih Mroué, Double Shooting, 2012, film stills, waterproof paper, wood. Installation view, Tempelhofer Feld, Berlin. From “The World Is Not Fair.” Photo: Valentin Fasta.

IT WAS A BRILLIANTLY SUNNY afternoon as I walked onto the Tempelhofer Feld in Berlin. In the 1920s, this massive field in the south of the city hosted Germany’s first commercial airport, but it had been used since the eighteenth century as a military parade ground and (now again) for public recreation. The airport closed in 2008, and the space is today a gigantic park. Being there, one feels as if some salt lake or tideland had been transposed to the middle of the city. This sensation is not only due to the scale of the place but because, in contrast to most European parks, there is no landscape design: There are no trees and barely any buildings. Between the runway and the landing strips, pedestrians, cyclists, picnickers, and operators of homemade bricolaged vehicles offer a view of the confusing and bizarre uses to which people put their leisure time, all taking place simultaneously

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