The first two editions of the Body Mapping Lab took place at the historical site Teufelsberg (EN: Devil Mountain) in Berlin. The reason for developing the program there, wasn’t only due to its special location in the middle of the biggest forest in Berlin Grunewald, but also because of its astonishing history. Below follows the narrative from Richard Rabensaat, founder of the Teufelsberg association, about the location.
"Since the Allies evacuated the Field Station Berlin two decades ago in 1992, the area of Teufelsberg has been a crystallization point for ever new soaring plans, wild projects and sometimes absurd ideas. The “flying meditating ioguies” couldn’t land, and David Lynch pulled off in a huff. One of the panorama towers became a swimming pool for frogs and stickleback. When the owners buried their building plans, left the ground and suspended custody, it didn’t take long until the Berlin party scene discovered the area. With it came the copper and metal robbers, who carried the technical equipment out of the abandoned buildings and left but non-salvageable residues on the abandoned estate.
The three domes and the tower, an exciting symbol of a divided city and memorial of a time in which the warring blocks stood face to face, are broken. The covering of the central tower is largely destroyed. But there is new life emerging on the historically charged site. Graffiti art, project studios, a dealer of antique building elements, sculptors. Many different artists are coming. What they find is a place where they can realize their utopian ideas. It is a growing scene for which Berlin is, and has always been, a fertile ground: in search of a society the driving force of which isn’t mainly commercially interested and towards a new outline of living together."