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Walking Archive: Web app launch for crossfading History and present

The book project will launch the new web app “Walking Archive” on February 25, 2024 at 12 p.m. in the project room O45 in Kreuzberg. Those interested can use the free web app to complete eight neighborhood walks on their own, while being acoustically guided and accompanied through the neighborhood by contemporary witnesses via headphones.

Residents and visitors to the former squat at Oranienstrasse 45 tell their stories about Oranienplatz. “Walking Archive” makes the events visible. People who have lived here for a long time, feel connected to the place or visit it for a specific reason tell their stories. Walkers go on a journey into the web of urban biographies, to another time, to another place.

“Walking Archive” invites you to follow someone’s personal view of their neighborhood. Political contexts, forgotten places and resistance through horticulture are just as much topics as collective work structures, male-dominated squatters' councils and brutal fish sellers.

The starting point of the tours is the project room at Oranienstrasse 45, a shop that once housed a jeweler and then the politically left-wing Anti-Quartier. Occupied in 1980, the so-called O45 is now a self-managed apartment building with former maintenance squatters, newcomers and young families. Today, just as it did 40 years ago, the Kreuzberg neighborhood carries with it great social tension.

The artist Susanne Bosch will moderate a conversation with the actors from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free. Bring headphones.

As part of the event, an exhibition will be presented in the O45 with the large-format work “Oh 45 (Squatters in Oranienstrasse)” by Dieter Masuhr. The three-part oil on canvas painting from 1981 documents the first generation of maintenance workers at Oranienstrasse 45.

The exhibition runs until March 23 and is open Thursday to Sunday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
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