yesterday sarah mosca and i went on a mission to teufelsberg in berlin – to the old NSA listening station. a proper structure for sound/listening in the public realm.
and oh my god, it was fucking amazing.
we had a string of excellent luck: the weather was great, we found our way ok, dodged fences, security and ticket inspectors.
we were like two of the famous five off on ad adventure. we even had a packed lunch – a thoroughly modern version of ‘slices of ham and lashings of ginger beer’.
the station was unbelievable – visually and acoustically.
sarah and i did an impromptu quasi-performance of sorts, fucking around with the zany acousitcs of the listening dome – something that both blixa bargeld and alice hui-sheng chang would have been proud of.
i then tried to squeeze in a quick listening project of the lift shaft before die sicherheit arrived. fingers crossed i can go back soonish.
here’s wikipedia’s history of the place, just to put it into perspective.