Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Virtual Tacheles Tour

About two weeks ago, a friend of mine visited Berlin on the premise that he was going to see Tacheles before it gets closed down. We set out to go there on several occasions but, Berlin being what it is, we didn't make it very far before being derailed by a series of exciting and unexpected detours. More on those later...

The 21 year-old Mitte squat is currently under the most serious threat of its entire existence. A major bank recently paid off half of the artists and businesses (including Cafe Zapata) to move out. Now half of the building is walled off to keep out the remaining occupants. I would have loved to have given you more background detail but was unable to access the Tacheles website. It appears to be offline.

Last Saturday the remaining occupants hosted a demonstration/exhibition/performance on Oranienburger Strasse to protest the semi-closure of the building, as well as to build support for the artists who didn't sell out... er, I mean move out!

 I decided to take as many photos as possible, not only because of the threatening clouds of development which are building over Tacheles e.V. but also because I felt that I owed it to my friend, who returned to England without seeing Tacheles. Because who knows, Tacheles might not be here the next time he visits.

Left: Painting in Tacheles' stairwell

Above: Back garden artwork and metalworks

Above: Back garden metalworks

Above: Photo gallery in Tacheles' back garden

Above: Main entrance

Above: First floor landing

Above: Photo gallery sculpture

Left: 'Circles of Knowledge' by Alex Rodin

Below: Performers outside of the squat at April 16th demo


Above: Oranienburger Strasse

Figure on ceiling inside the complex's Zapata Bar

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