WALK WITH IRMA MARKULIN: CHOREOGRAPHY OF THE MASSES AND THE INTERACTION WITH THE SPORT FOLLOWING SACRAL AND TOTALITARIAN ARCHITECTURE IN BERLIN. Berlin 29 June 2013. Picture Art & Tours.
“As main route of my art-walk I’ve chosen the area between Petersburger Platz and Frankrurter Allee as a specific architectural buildings complex which inspires me daily. Petersburger Church, under the name of Pfingst Kirche, was built in early 1910s. Today it represents an historical monument surrounded by mixed style buildings (partly 60s-DDR style and partly old Berliner-Altbau style). This is directly linked to my work in a sense of mobile installations and exploration of the influence of the sacral architecture on public space and its unique role in East-Berlin 80s years. In that period the Berlin Wall still existed and the role of sacral architecture became more profane playing an important role in the organization of many political student movements and demonstrations in the East Berlin during the DDR. In this way, for example, the sacral monument of Petersburger Street changes its function from religious to a clear political statement. And, talking about monuments and their physiological impact on society there is no better example as the tower of Frankfurter Allee, connected through Petersburger Street to the church tower of Petersburger Platz, together representing a real historical face of Berlin.” Irma Markulin.