NOTHING AT/AND ALL

The biggest enemy of patience is called nowadays action bias, meaning the craving for doing something always at any time. Why not just start doing nothing or even feel the nothing?

And in this mysterious mood everything comes to the vain blow, because the plastic world staged the cosmic blackout. But to untangle the world of the Maya can only succeed in pure nothingness, an unstructured space without end or still beginning – and yet no space.

Here the words simply fail and hence everything starts all of a sudden nowhere again. According to the unwritten riddles of cosmogony, the jump to the true non-place now succeeds.

MY NEAREST MOUNTAIN – CRAZY TEUFELSBERG IN BERLIN

Today, I would like to introduce you to the mountainous aspects of Berlin. Downtown there are of course some quite higher tops like Kreuzberg and Prenzlauer Berg which make me thinking of the funny film dealing about an English man who climbed on a hill and came down a mountain (that’s also the film’s title).

Postcard with view from Kreuzberg in 1866

But the nearest and more well-known and highest elevation of Berlin is Teufelsberg / Devil’s Mountain in the huge municipal forest Grunewald and just 2 km distant from my home – even with rising sea levels a safe place due to an actual height of unbelievable 120.1 m, a location which also offers an interesting and surprising history.

Deceptive idyll on Teufelsberg in June 2018

Being geologically one of the youngest mountains worldwide, the 50th birthday of the location has just passed by, a critical age where a lot may change usually in the course of times as the following pictures of the site do clearly suggest.

Today Teufelsberg a center of urban art, the very last mutation of a bizarre place.

But let’s see what happened before here. At the end of WW II you would simply find a flat forest and the bombed rests of a big building formerly used by the German Wehrmacht as a military academy. This place was lying in the British sector of (West)-Berlin where no German army was allowed till the early 1990s when the special status of the city ended with the German unification. So nobody had any use for these military ruins left by the Nazis.

Ruins of Wehrtechnische Fakultät at Teufelsseechaussee

Vast areas of the town were also destroyed as a result of WW II, so this was declared as a place where all the debris and rubble of smashed houses would be brought till the late 1960s, in total 26 million cubic meters of waste material piled up to a new mountain getting the name Teufelsberg  because the site is lying at the road Teufelsseechausee leading finally to natural lake Teufelssee.

A truck transporting rubble to Teufelsberg, December 1951

Nature took quickly control of this dump, so today the mountain is covered by a wild nature and secondary forest. And the people of West-Berlin used the new mountain also for leisure like  snow sports as it was difficult to go elsewhere for quite long time due to the Wall of Berlin surrounding them till 1989.

Ski lift on Teufelsberg (120.1 m), Winter 1961

Down the mountain’s not too long slope, December 1981

But the mountain has also been the last listening post of the Cold War. In the years 1968 the American army seized the complete top area of the mountain and erected till 1969 a radar and monitoring station for intelligence purposes such as controlling telephone conversations in the former German Democratic Republic. The secret name of these constructing and supervising ambitions was Project Filman. The last and fifth tower was built and finalized in 1989 shortly before the political transitions and opening of the Wall of Berlin. With the unificiation of Germany this complex was no longer required, the American army left the place in 1991 changing the area to a mere ghost town.

Teufelsberg radar and monitoring station by US-army in the 1980s

Path around the complex through the secondary forest, June 2018

Pioneer plants conquered the place in the time being which grew in the cracks of the asphalt and even settled on roofs. Undemanding plants such as the evening primrose, the stonecrop or the elder have laid the groundwork that it is today very green on top of the Teufelsberg. The complex was sold to an investor who planned a hotel and luxury appartments on the mountain. But after getting many millions of loan for the project from the banks, he was never seen again in the city. Some years ago this area has also been declared as forestrial land making impossible such luxury projects in the future. 

One of the decaying radiation domes, August 2019

Colorful wildness of the ruins, August 2019

The abandoned and still militarywise fenced place attracted of course the urban art and graffiti community. So in the ruins you find today a vast diversity of amazing colorant works of any kind. The domes can no longer be visited due to their bad conditions, but the unique complex is huge and can be visited against payment of an entrance fee. Meanwhile another change, the city awarded this wild site the relevant status of a real protected monument. So history can be just fabulous sometimes!

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CONTEMPORARY MAELSTROMS

 

In the postmodern white waters a seemingly paradoxical option emerges all of a sudden from the depths of mind which commands to insist vividly on the rule of vague exceptions and while following this intuitive desire to drift away on the waves of a final eternal ambition.

Only a little bit later in the sphere of phantastic probabilities, the restless vagabond approaches subsequently the all penetrating net with speed of light where cause and effect of intentions are mututally eliminating and reversing themselves in a material torrent of final escape.

 

BOHEMIAN STREET-DREAMS

Our short summer-trip led us finally to old cities of Bohemia on our way back home to Berlin. So we have  stayed finally at Budweis and Cesky Krumlov for a night and a day, enough time for collecting some interesting and nice street-impressions while loafing through these towns.

Old houses at Cesky Krumlov

Specially decorated distribution box for electricity

Greened facade and door

Strange advertisement for an art-gallery at Budweis

Former Austrian Emperor hanging over the bar at Restaurant Schwejk in Cesky Krumlov

Medieval watch-tower in Budweis at midnight

Market-place of Cesky Krumlov

 Fashion outlook in a shop’s window

The lovely studio house of the Austrian painter Egon Schiele at Cesky Krumlov

Egon Schiele, Stadtende (Häuserbogen III), 1913

Hardly any other place inspired Egon Schiele as much as Cesky Krumlov, one of the most beautiful Renaissance cities in Europe and an architectural jewel of first order. Despite the really too many tourists today, you still find very quiet and inspiring places in the city or optionally just make a surprising rafting tour on  Vitava river around the beautiful and impressive city. 

Vitava River is usually a calm place for rafting, but there are also some rapids around Cesky Krumlov which require a little bit of care in order to avoid an unintended bath in the cool waters