Amplified Paving Stone
The amplified paving stone is a sonic and physical field recording of the Gleisdreieck Park. The object resulted from an alternative space-making relation set up between the public, the commons, and the built environment.
Before being reconstructed into a public park, the railway area around the traffic junction at Gleisdreieck stood as a wasteland since the end of the Second World War. Today, the area directly adjacent to the park's B-Part Gallery hosts a curious zone of stones, which seem to have been brought there from throughout the rail yard during its reconstruction into an artificial landscape.
For the Synchronicities exhibition at the B-Part Gallery, these stones were understood as belonging to the commons—a resource under the self-governed responsibility of the members of the park's public. Leading up to the exhibition, a series of body-based experiments within the stone zone led to some stones being gathered, mined, and processed into aggregate directly on site to be used as an ingredient in concrete.
The concrete mix containing the stone fragments of Gleisdreieck was used to produce a Berlin standard paving stone—the city's quintessential building module for its public space—which defines the ground of (almost) all sidewalks in Berlin.
Embedded within the paving stone is a speaker that resonates the building module with sound. From within, one can quietly hear the chiseled fragments of stones being rubbed against one another, accompanied by a whispering human voice that reflects on the process of extracting the materials from a common resource and processing them into a module of the built environment.
Synchronicities Group Exhibition
Curated by Leoni Fischer and Jakob Kukula
Final Image by Andreas Schimaski
February 2021 - April 2021