Wer hat Angst vor’m Hermannplatz?”
a video-photo-installation by the Third Eye Factory, has been exposed from 11.09 – 30.10.2015, Group Global 3000, Berlin, as part of the exhibition “Verkehr für Menschen” / “Traffic for Humans”
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“You’re afraid of Hermannplatz” has become famous as a slogan on a t-shirt of the fashion label “Muschi Kreuzberg”. Since then, the slogan is used several times.
Who’s afraid of Hermannplatz? Viewed objectively, it is just an ugly, loud square in the north of Berlin Neukölln, Kreuzberg and junction for all kinds of roads.
Generally the place is known as a meeting point for unemployed and migrant workers, drug sellers and graffiti sprayers, who create a so-called “dangerous” environment. Therefore, one has to be afraid.
But we think the real danger of the Hermann Square is the roaring traffic that rushes by on all sides of the square. The traffic junctions on both ends of the square are the black spots in the district of Neukölln. The air that you breathe is permeated everywhere by exhaust gases. That is the reason why you have to really be afraid!
The installation of the artistic duo “Third Eye Factory” consists of a video in loop and a photo in which the Hermannplatz is shown from the perspective of a cyclist and that of a pedestrian. The mirror effect reinforces the idea that one is trapped – which direction you go, you will always meet up again with the ubiquitous traffic. The only way out seems to be the monument in the center of the square, recorded in the photo.