Lukas Lessing

In an apartment building, a Berlin room connects the front apartment to the side wings of the building or to the apartments at the back. It is a big room that despite its size includes only one corner window that looks out onto the interior courtyard, and thus (particularly on the lower floors) the window allows only a little light into the room. This kind of room is found in cities such as Berlin where rental apartments are so structured. PP moved to Berlin Neukoelln where the courtyards are notably narrow and where Berlin rooms are many. Berlin rooms came from past times of uncertainty. They arose at corners leading from all directions, where even narrow spaces were used (as rooms). As apartments multiplied, the narrow room became a favorite room. Deep within the bosom of a city, unhindered by blinding sunlight or the harsh stares of neighbors, people found space for furniture, pictures and other things. PP used his Berlin room used as an idea workshop for his art projects. Not only that, PP made the whole city his room. Pacing back and forth, he planned and envisioned. He dug things up and gave them other meanings and strange new purpose. He took ordinary things and gave them new dimensions, horizontal things became vertical. Tubs became furniture to sit on. PP comes from Sankt Martin an der Raab where everything has a definite meaning: a field, a tree, a house, a farmer, a fireman, a waitress. There he began the job of changing the meaning of things: a meadow into a crater, a watch tower into an observation platform without anything to observe, a courtyard into an excavation (even as) the village remains unchanged; the landscape remains unchanged. Thus PP organized his room bringing new life to things according to his passions and his mood. Berlin is the room that follows his handcraft. PP’s room is his Berlin. It is also his Berlin room.

Lukas Lessing – Berlin 2010

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