Constanza Macras | DorkyPark invites you to the presentation of the book: DER PALAST, by Constanza Macras | Dorky Park and Tom Hunter.
This book is part of the project that started in 2019 with the research process to develop DER PALAST show. In this research project, the question of the housing market and gentrification in Berlin is examined. The transformation of the city from the arquitectonic and urbanistic perspective but also from the citizens’ point of view. For this project Constanza Macras | DorkyPark has been collaborating with the internationally renowned English photographer Tom Hunter, who has been for several years focusing on the issue of gentrification in London.
“Everyone knows about the transformation of Berlin’s centre since the fall of the wall: crumbling old buildings were occupied and filled with new life, the city developed into a point of synergy for creative and party people. This shift towards gentrification, however, also seems to come along with a cultural levelling, in which the taste of a global, well-situated middle class takes top priority. DER PALAST grapples with this set of problems by, on the one hand, focusing the work on the architecture, and on the other, revealing both the city’s and its residents’ history, present and ideas for the future. Portraits by the English photographer Tom Hunter will serve as the work’s starting point. He presents social topics in the style of the old masters and is developing a series of photographs in Berlin especially for DER PALAST. The international format of reality television functions as a counterpart to the architecture. Not only the prototypical characters of the jurors, but also the sets and the participants, are reproduced continually across reality formats.” – Carmen Mehnert / Constanza Macras
The book also contains photos from the show by Thomas Aurin, who has been photographing the Company for more than 20 years.
Concept, Direction and Choreography: Constanza Macras
Stage design: Alissa Kolbusch
Costumes: Roman Handt
Assistant Director: Helena Casas, Mica Heilmann
Production management: Alisa Golomzina, Xiao Yu, Jimena Soria
Production Office: Léo Pflimlin R.
Photos: Tom Hunter, Thomas Aurin
Urbanistic Text Collaboration: Poligonal
Editor: Natalia Laube
Proofreading and Copyediting: Ena Marija Gojak
Layout & Design: Studio SuperBlast / Manuel Osterholt