One of the most community oriented events in Berlin is the annual 48 Hours Neukölln event. Neukölln is a neighborhood nestled between the historical Templehof Airport (now closed and functioning as a park) and Kreuzberg. Some refer to the area as Kreuzkölln because both neighborhoods are almost indistinguishable in terms of the recent influx of artists and trend seekers that have spawned art spaces, galleries and speciality shops. 48 Hours Neukölln consists of two days that are a platform for all artists living and working in Neuköln to engage the greater public. The potential for exposing the public to video mapping is quite good no matter what form it takes. So I was really pleased when a former participant in one of my Berlin MadMapping Workshops, Jacques-Andre DUPONT presented the installation above at Locht43.
If we assume the concept of artwork taking on a life of it’s own we can see the video above as a collaboration between a musician and the installation. The immediate question would be ‘is what he doing affecting the video?’ For the sake of arguing I would say ‘yes’ because the musician is standing in front of the work. And as you can see and hear, that’s a beautiful thing.