Berlin

The theme train to Berlin will be rather experimental; together, we’ll explore the layers of the urban landscape, the phenomenon of the “new wild” and, above all, the sound. The latter will become the central point of the theme ride and the program in Berlin. The site-specific installation for this location was created by sculptor Dagmar Šubrtová in cooperation with the sound designer Peter Cusack. The program will also feature a soundwalks and side events in the Czech Center Berlin. Is there a better city to share the good practice? That’s why we will also include a guided tour to revitalized parks, and panel discussion on vague terrain and on possible ways of artistic interpretation of these parks. The festival train will return to Prague on Sunday, October 23. Are you ready for new experiences in urban landscape? Book your ticket now. 
 

19. - 23. 10. 

 

Partners: Embassy of the Czech Republic in Berlin, Czech Centre Berlin, Artmat, Kladenská dopravní a strojní s. r. o.

 

Dagmar Šubrtová

Dagmar Šubrtová lives and works in Kladno, Czech Republic. She graduated from the Sculpture Studio of the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague under Kurt Gebauer. She worked at the studio as an assistant until 2013. In addition to her artistic profession, she is also involved in thematic curatorial projects such as Olga Karlíková / Heard Landscapes, UM Gallery (2012), Jitka and Květa Válová /Under One Sky (2021) and others. She has long been monitoring the transformation of the landscape as a result of ongoing industrialization. The central theme of her work is the "no-man's land" devastated by industry and the tailings of underground mines. She does not limit herself to reflection; instead, she aims at sculptural interpretation of the newly emerging places in the “new wilderness”, the physical examples of natural renewal. Since 2015 she has been working on the project Na pomezí samoty / Frontiers of solitude, which explores current issues of landscape transformation and the interconnectedness of post-industrial society and nature. She is the co-author of the several publications and takes care of the estate of Jitka and Květa Válová.

The New Wilderness

Green spaces in the city aren’t limited to well-kept parks, gardens and suburban woodlands. Some of the greenery is located on half-forgotten or unused empty spaces along railway lines, other has gradually covered former brownfields, the “no man’s land” affected by social and economic influences, or spaces left from the era of the Communist expansive urban planning. In addition to abandoned places, this also involves edges of the roads that we maintain as empty transition zones. These zones, rich at biodiversity, follow up on the original environment, and can be astonishing in their natural vitality. Generally well known already, they are sometimes called “the new wilderness”. Its importance in the city is gradually increasing, so we should begin to see it more as an opportunity for mutual interconnected growing, the tissue that connects our cities, a network of outstanding green zones in the middle of the urban space.

Berlin is a great example of urban planning that takes these green areas into account. The East-German experience is important as it has integrated sensitive landscape architecture into the master plans. 

Peter Cusack’s sound recordings focus on the research of sound and our perception of specific places. The recordings were taken in the transition zones between Berlin’s train lines, stations and their surroundings, on new islands of natural freedom. The sculptural installations by Dagmar Šubrtová refer to the natural renewal symbols, its damaged but not inanimate fragments, and the network of root systems. The artworks indicate their function – invisible collaboration between microorganisms and their vitality linked to the natural ecosystem.

Accompanying program of the stop Berlin

Experimental sound ride to Berlin
19. October
3:00 PM
Berlin
Vlak
During our experimental sound ride, you will experience a live DJ set by Eva Porating and a sound performance by Martin Janíček. Two realms of the sound world meet in one wagon! The train leaves Prague at 3 p.m. station to Berlin...
Deep Rivers Float in Silence & Parallels Afterparty
20. October
7:00 PM
Berlin
České centrum Berlín
The program of the Parallels festival continues in the gallery of the Czech Center Berlin, where a gala presentation of the partner project Artmat with an edition of mini art by Czech artists is being prepared. It was created as part...
Guided tour of Gleisdreieck park
21. October
3:00 PM
Berlin
Gleisdreieck
Park Gleisdreieck is an inspiring example of the revitalization of technical and industrial areas. We will explore some parts of it together. You will learn something about the history and future of the park, the process of its transformation...
Aylak Live music performance
21. October
6:30 PM
Berlin
OXI
An experimental performance that materializes sound. The ambient surface and loose synthetic rhythms will take you to the world of lucid dreaming.Aylak (Aliaksandra Yakubouskaya) is an audiovisual artist from Belarus, living in the...
timmi & In Abyss live music performance
21. October
7:30 PM
Berlin
OXI
The duo timmi & In Abyss invite you on a cosmic journey paved with soothing beats and analog synthesizers. Attention, the layered vocals of the artist timmi have a hypnotic effect!timmi & In Abyss is a musical duo of musicians who...
New Wilderness by Dagmar Šubrtová and Peter Cusack
22. October
11:00 AM
Berlin
Bornholmerstrasse SBahn Station
A soundwalk is a route that is planned with the intention to listen while walking. The New Wilderness soundwalks will focus on listening to specific ‘new wilderness’ sites in the Bornholmer/Pankow neighbourhood of Berlin and beside...
New Wilderness by Dagmar Šubrtová and Peter Cusack
22. October
4:00 PM
Berlin
Bornholmerstrasse SBahn Station
A soundwalk is a route that is planned with the intention to listen while walking. The New Wilderness soundwalks will focus on listening to specific ‘new wilderness’ sites in the Bornholmer/Pankow neighbourhood of Berlin and beside...
Experimental sound ride to Prague
23. October
3:00 PM
Berlin
Vlak
You can take the experimental sound ride also on the way back from Berlin. Whether you visited our festival or not. Cosmodan & Mimomrtn prepared an ambient set for you. Martin Janíček will have a sound performance. It is an opportunity...
Experimental sound ride to Berlin
19. October
3:00 PM
Berlin
Vlak
During our experimental sound ride, you will experience a live DJ set by Eva Porating and a sound performance by Martin Janíček. Two realms of the sound world meet in one wagon! The train leaves Prague...
Deep Rivers Float in Silence & Parallels Afterparty
20. October
7:00 PM
Berlin
České centrum Berlín
The program of the Parallels festival continues in the gallery of the Czech Center Berlin, where a gala presentation of the partner project Artmat with an edition of mini art by Czech artists is being...
Guided tour of Gleisdreieck park
21. October
3:00 PM
Berlin
Gleisdreieck
Park Gleisdreieck is an inspiring example of the revitalization of technical and industrial areas. We will explore some parts of it together. You will learn something about the history and future of the...
Aylak Live music performance
21. October
6:30 PM
Berlin
OXI
An experimental performance that materializes sound. The ambient surface and loose synthetic rhythms will take you to the world of lucid dreaming.Aylak (Aliaksandra Yakubouskaya) is an audiovisual artist...
timmi & In Abyss live music performance
21. October
7:30 PM
Berlin
OXI
The duo timmi & In Abyss invite you on a cosmic journey paved with soothing beats and analog synthesizers. Attention, the layered vocals of the artist timmi have a hypnotic effect!timmi & In Abyss is...
New Wilderness by Dagmar Šubrtová and Peter Cusack
22. October
11:00 AM
Berlin
Bornholmerstrasse SBahn Station
A soundwalk is a route that is planned with the intention to listen while walking. The New Wilderness soundwalks will focus on listening to specific ‘new wilderness’ sites in the Bornholmer/Pankow...
New Wilderness by Dagmar Šubrtová and Peter Cusack
22. October
4:00 PM
Berlin
Bornholmerstrasse SBahn Station
A soundwalk is a route that is planned with the intention to listen while walking. The New Wilderness soundwalks will focus on listening to specific ‘new wilderness’ sites in the Bornholmer/Pankow...
Experimental sound ride to Prague
23. October
3:00 PM
Berlin
Vlak
You can take the experimental sound ride also on the way back from Berlin. Whether you visited our festival or not. Cosmodan & Mimomrtn prepared an ambient set for you. Martin Janíček will have a sound...