10823 Berlin – Schöneberg
An Installation Project
In an installation comprised of photography and text, photographer Ingo van Aaren and writer David Wagner take up the concept of the flaneur. The idea of strolling through the city in a state of deliberate slowness and mindfulness and deriving one’s freedom and individuality through anonymity was once carried to extremes by Parisian bohemians who took their turtles out for a walk.
Van Aaren’s images follow Wagner and a tortoise as they saunter through nighttime Berlin. The photographer accompanies the unlikely couple through the quiet city, which is a very different one than we’re familiar with. His pictures portray turtle and writer alone at the Brandenburg Gate, on a deserted Alexanderplatz and at the desolate Oberbaum Bridge; they have the magically empty metropolis all to themselves. The resulting photographs touch the city, its texture and its history – through the interplay of text and image, these nocturnal works give rise to an aesthetic cosmos all their own.