In the Treptower Park forest in East Berlin, along the Spreeriver, there is an abandoned amusement park. The park, originally called Kulturpark Planterwald, was built in 1969 by the GDR and was a rare site for Soviet amusement and attraction. After the fall of the wall, the park became the family-owned Spreepark and suffered challenges of access, attendance, and economy. In 2001, the park closed from capital collapse. Ever since, visitors have regularly traversed the fence to explore this jungle of broken thrill machines.
In June 2012, Kulturpark will explore the poetics and potential of these recent ruins, building upon the unique energy of Berlin’s urban, social, cultural, and political landscapes.
- Investigate these lands as a site for cultural imagination.
- Connect communities to explore possibilities for shared stories, memories, and ideas.
- Instigate physical, social, and collaborative movement.
- Model responsible forms for creative life and ecology for the 21st Century.
- Propose possibilities for the park as an evolving constellation of our shared past, presence, and future.