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  • Languages English, Italian, German, French
  • Duration 60 Minutes

The walk moves around Alexanderplatz, following the narrative path of Alfred Döblin’s novel Berlin Alexanderplatz – considered one of the most innovative literary works of the Weimar Republic. The Novel is the starting point – the ‘map’ to observe Berlin.

Döblin’s epic tale is set in the working-class neighbourhoods around Alexanderplatz in 1920’s Berlin. Its protagonist a small criminal, Franz Biberkopf. The story begins when he is released from Berlin Tegel prison, paralysed by fear of having to face his life again in the infernal metropolis. This time, Franz Biberkopf swears, he will be a respectable man, ‘ein anständiger Mensch’; this time, he’ll stay far away from crime. But he can’t. He wants to believe in human goodness, but the part of the metropolis that he knows, concentrated in the main streets around the proletarian Alexanderplatz (‘Alex’) in East Berlin, grinds him down.

Using montage techniques close to Döblin’s work – multiples points of view, newspaper articles, songs, speeches – a kind of performative experience, we will walk between Alexanderplatz and other venues of the metropolitan life narrated by Döblin. Shifting between facts and fiction, between the original 1929 plot and the contemporaneity of Berlin, a new geographical and historical space will be constructed through the visual perception of the existing and the ‘real’.

We will walk from the Rotes Rathaus to the area of the former slaughterhouse (now the city’s library) to the Berolinahaus of Peter Behrens – a great example of the „New Objectivity“ architecture of the 20’s

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  • Group Ticket

    We're trying to keep things as personal as possible, but sometimes sitting around one device isn't an option. If you want to share the experience with loved ones who can't be with you, add a Group Ticket for up to 5 extra devices!

    25 €
  • Photographs

    Ask your host to take a photo at any point during the tour. You can even direct them to the exact spot that you want to have captured! The photos will have a high resolution and will be sent to you after the tour has finished.

    Free
  • Booklet

    Get a PDF with information shared during the tour, photos and links for further research!

    5 €
  • You've got mail!

    Are you a postcard lover? Choose one from the many shops on the way and your host will mail it to you after the tour!

    5 €
  • Souvenir

    What's a visit without a souvenir? Your host will buy one for you while on the call! You can choose between a small fridge-magnet, keyring or statuette and it will be posted to you after the tour has finished.

    20 €

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Hosted By Irina

Irina

I'm a visual artist living in Berlin since 2000.
I work as a tour guide with focus on WWII and the history of concentration camps, and for educational programs in schools and Museums.
I have a BA in Painting from the Academy of Fine Arts in Turin (1996) and a MA in Art in Context from the UdK in Berlin (2008).
I'm active in many interdisciplinary and participative art projects and presented some of them at the 10th Venice Architecture Biennale (2006), the 2nd Ghetto Biennale in Haiti (2012) and at the MOR Museo Orgánico Romerillo during the 12th Havana Biennial (2015). I have curated Hydromemories: an interdisciplinary project about water resources, which concretely supports the construction of water tanks in Tanzania. Since 2017 I've curated and organised the exchange and residency program for artists in exile HIER&JETZT: CONNECTIONS, funded by the City of Berlin, and KIN*K, an international monthly video- art screening at B.L.O. Ateliers in Berlin.

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