THE RIGHT TO FORGET BERLIN

In Berlin the overlap of Informational Self-determination and Freedom of Panorama creates the conditions for Google Street View photos to be blurred upon the homeowner’s request, generating a city-wide collective memory loss. This process is here matched with another of similar effects: the disregard for former building designs during periods of intense reconstruction, underpinned by economical, stylisitic and political motives.

The installation presents four blocks from the Mitte neighborhood of Berlin, part of a residential area bombed in 1945 and partially rebuilt under the Soviet regime. The continuous cityscape, composed of Google Street View images (2008) and reproduced at 1:100 scale, collapses horizontally hinging around its blurred houses, reducing its footprint and showing exclusively what is not forgotten.

MA research & design project
Design Academy Eindhoven
Eindhoven, NL
2023