MEMORIES OF A LIMINAL CITY:BERLIN,COLLAGE OF TEXT, POSTCARDS AND PICTURES.BY STEVEN BENSON

Liminal-between blogs; especially with Berlin’s problematic history(understatement), I know not which blog to put this.

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What can I say about Berlin that has not already said; these are just some personal reflections  and mementoes

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Liminal because:

Split between evil and good: Hitler’s atrocities and the raisin bombers

Split geographically, between East and West; the difference is still tangible-the poverty, the Bohemian graffiti in the old east

The Border-not so liminal today
The Border-not so liminal today

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The GDR-in glorious technicolour
The GDR-in glorious technicolour
Kaffee Ohne-Cafe Without/Outside;on and beyond the theshold
Kaffee Ohne-Cafe Without/Outside;on and beyond the theshold

A city of gaps, never filled: they CAN be never filled; this is the emIMG_4619ptiness around the gargantuan Central Station

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A city where the usually liminalized becomes space of equality; for instance, a primary school right in the centre of IMG_3420Image323 the  gay village(of which these are two mementoes

Berlin
Berlin

Shame I never went to Tempelhof airport:it was still (just) functionning as a commercial airport, when I visited Berlin in 2008: the ultimate liminal space:Hitler’s monumentalist architecture but also the (aporic) site of the raisin bombers, rescuing West Berlin from starvation because of Soviet strangulation in 1948;half closed and half open(it is now a park and exhibition centre)

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BERLIN

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Published by: decayetude

ENTHUSIASMS: CLASSICAL MUSIC, ESPECIALLY OBSCURE ROMANTIC COMPOSERS; BACH/HANDEL LITERATURE, ESPECIALLY THOUGHTFUL, WELL-WRITTEN(STYLISTICALLY)NOVELS W G SEBALD WALTER BENJAMIN THEODOR ADORNO(JUST BEGINNING!) AESTHETIC PHILOSOPHY GAY MEN'S WRITING;QUEER THEORY STIMULATING DISCUSSIONS(EMOTIONALLY AND INTELLECTUALLY) GOOD RICH THICK ESPRESSO MICHAEL PONTI SPRITUALITY/LIFE'S "AURA"(BENJAMIN), WHATEVER TRANSCENDENTAL THING YOU WANT TO CALL THIS MEMORY-the elusiveness thereof. LOST TIME AND AN ATTEMPT AT ITS REDEMPTION(NON THEISTICALLY/RELIGIOUSLY)

Categories flaneur, psychogeography, spectral geography, transcendental (psycho)geography, uncanny, urban decay4 Comments

4 thoughts on “MEMORIES OF A LIMINAL CITY:BERLIN,COLLAGE OF TEXT, POSTCARDS AND PICTURES.BY STEVEN BENSON”

  1. I flew in to Tempelhof just once, in 2003, from Brussels. I did feel rather like a dodgy but glamorous 40s movie star, touching down amidst all those grandiose fascist facades. Wonderful.

    1. Thanks, Helen; I am envious lol. Must have been one of the 13 flights per day they had in the last few years!Tho such a problematic venue, it has the hauntology/traces of its evil past(Hitler’s airport) and its good past (landing of raisin bombers) and is thus fascinating. Steve. xx

      1. I haven’t been to it in its new incarnation as a park yet, but must confess I do think Berlin has more than enough wide open spaces already (see where the Palast der Republik was ripped down as another ideologically-created void…)

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