Tiergarten, Landscape of Transgression (This Obscure Object of Desire)

Lecture by Sandra Bartoli

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10. June 2022, 6 pm,

Event will be held in English

When does a human-constructed place go beyond the human, and how necessary is this transgression? Tiergarten, 210 hectares of forest in the middle of Berlin and the oldest park in the city, is a place where many aspects of ecology, urbanism, heritage, daily culture, and politics are simultaneously present but also visibly transgressed. Over time, Tiergarten has become an island of anomalies that can be read as the radical expression of what is most urban and public in the city. Among many characteristics of Tiergarten is that here, human history and natural history are constructed together to shape a model for future environments in an ever-expanding sea of urbanization. This lecture ranges from Tiergarten’s transgression as a key to shift established ways of talking about what is considered urban to elements of the biotope map of West Berlin, a far-sighted document of 1984 proposing to dissolve the alleged antagonism between city and nature.

Sandra Bartoli is founding partner of the Büros für Konstruktivismus in Berlin together with Silvan Linden. Bartoli co-edited the books Licht Luft Scheisse – Archaeologies of Sustainability, Über Natur (adocs, 2020) with Silvan Linden and Florian Wüst, and Tiergarten, Landscape of Transgression (Park Books, 2019) with Jörg Stollmann. From 2017 to 2018, Bartoli began work on the research theme “The City’s Future Natural History” as an Endowed Professor for Visionary Forms of Cities at IKA, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. Bartoli is currently a professor of architectural design and composition at the Architecture Faculty of Munich University of Applied Sciences.

Event is part of the Urban Imagination Seminar that examines the right to the city from not only human perspective.

ERSTE Foundation is main partner of tranzit. Supported using public funding by Slovak Arts Council.

Image caption: Ancient beech in Berlin Tiergarten, photograph: Silvan Linden, 2015