Untitled (BERLIN), consists on a road trip with the objective of visiting and cataloguing with photography all the US communities called “Berlin,” thirty in total. The project looks at the meanings that establish a conceptual connection between different landscapes linked by the same name.
The project starting point is the resulting significant of the conceptual union of the different landscapes connected by the same name. This link, which at the start is purely toponymical, allows for connecting and establishing a relation between very different and geographically remote realities. A link which, having been formally registered and following the same protocol (compositional neutrality of an image, vanishing points, no people, distance to the object, format, etc.), provides us with tools to establish main coordinates on which one can find and analyse other elements of continuity, such as the typical architecture or vehicles of the American Way of Life, that determinates the image of the American landscape. This allows us to think about a territory visually homogeneous despite the big distances that can separate one Berlin to another.
An experience of place: backgrounds without shape, interrupted lives, the “presence” of the absent.
- The project is shown with thirty series of 140 slides (one per Berlin) and a road documentary (digital video, 50 hours) where the road trip, connecting all the Berlin experience, is registered.
"In the realization of the project every day it is presented as a road trip observing the landscape that was happening, lending to this experience the attention it deserves, until arriving at the destination. A destination that has been repeated continually, going constantly from Berlin to Berlin, from Berlin to Berlin, etc. ... for 21,394 kilometres."
Map of Berlins in USA (Google Maps)