Berlin Fractures / Der Lustgarten

Artist Publication and Photographic Edition, 2017.
Impact Traces of Ballistic Projectiles on Public Monuments

By preserving traces of the past, we seek an understanding of the present and attempt to foresee possible futures. Berlin is a city that bears the traces of its past in ballistic fracture impacts resulting from the urban warfare of the Second World War. This is especially evident on surfaces of public monuments. For many years the city attempted to preserve these impact marks without completely re-facing facades or replacing monuments in order to allow the traces of history to remain. Photographs themselves have been described as traces by such theorists as Andre Bazin, Susan Sontag and Walter Benjamin.

In Berlin Fractures, these ballistic marks are documented in multiple sequences of images mimicking the instantaneous act of shooting a photograph – making a trace of a trace. Berlin now enters a new phase of prosperity and growth as evidenced in the rebuilding of one of its greatest lost treasures – the Berliner Schloss – reconstructed to exact specifications overlooking the Lustgarten. The monuments surrounding this 16th century pleasure garden bear the largest amount of fracture traces of any in the city. As in times past, the people of Berlin still gather in the Lustgarten in the shadow of the now re-emerging Schloss to take account of one another. Only they now document themselves and the minutia of their daily lives with cell phone and camera – a barrage of random and innumerable videos and still photographs marking the terrain of memory and tracing forward into the arc of history.