Alexanderplatz (2012 to present)
as part of DOOM SPA CAMPUS Piazza Virtuale Piazza Fisicale
3-4 December 2022
If you start at the former Knie, on the post-war modernist, car-friendly Ernst-Reuter-Platz, and drive along the East-West Axis designed by Albert Speer for the Welthauptstadt Germania (World Capital Germania) in the direction of the Television Tower, you will eventually reach Alexanderplatz and the setting of Alfred Döblin's 1929 novel Berlin Alexanderplatz. Over the decades and changes of system, Alexanderplatz has developed a topography made up of layers that reflect different, often contradictory ideas of the social function of public spaces. Using a process of montage, the photo series Alexanderplatz (2012 bis heute) by Anna Voswinckel steers the view in particular to the commercial over-forming of this post-socialist urban space. As a contemporary reference to Berlin Alexanderplatz, the photographs give visibility to precarious working conditions – while at the same time searching for residual traces of the communal in public space.
DOOM SPA CAMPUS was curated by Roseline Rannoch