Follow the stories of a place that confronts you with some of humankind's oldest questions:
What is life and how do we relate to it? How much are we even capable of understanding life and what aspects of it cannot be grasped by our human senses?
Ever since we found a language for it, we have been moved by questions about the origin of our existence. They are the driving forces of religion, science and art.
During the journey of HERZBERGE these questions guide you on your way around Königin Elisabeth Herzberge hospital. The psychiatric hospital was founded in 1893 as one of the first so-called “madhouses” of Berlin. Documentary, poetic video and sound pieces mix with the (hi)stories of the place itself. Using your own smartphone and headphones, you enter deeper and deeper into a parallel reality, navigating the thresholds of matter and spirit, human and nature, this world and the next.
Follow the stories of this place and discover the path that led you to it!
Despite the mixed history of the psychiatric hospital, Herzberge remains until today a place dedicated to healing.
What remains hidden in the depths of our subconscious and beyond our sensory perception? How do we collectively make sense of the enigma of the human psyche while drawing boundaries between a healthy and a sick mind?
The Herzberge area is both a testimony of the rapid, increasingly complex changes of our time and a protected green island in the middle of the grey industrial area of Lichtenberg. The architecture and the large garden area of the hospital were designed to complement each other. The former farmland of the asylum today is a park and landscape conservation area with habitats for endangered species.
How is our human consciousness different from the life of other animals? How does a tree grow from a seed? How does a sentient organism grow from an egg cell?
Follow HERZBERGE and contemplate the force of life that - out of itself - creates matter and thus connects us with everything that makes up our sensory world.
For the video and audio walk "HERZBERGE" you need an android smartphone, headphones and our free app. You can download it here. Unfortunately we cannot make available the app on iphones, but you can use a free compatible device from our partner Museum Kesselhaus Herzberge during the following hours: Tue & Thu, 14:00-16:00 or by appointment at email@example.com.
HERZBERGE by Po:era (Lucas Lacerda & Daniel Weyand) is supported by Museum Kesselhaus Herzberge, Evangelische Krankenhaus Königin Elisabeth Herzberge, AGRARBÖRSE Deutschland Ost e.V. and Gaia Culture e.V.
Supported by Bezirksamt Lichtenberg, Amt für Weiterbildung und Kultur and Abteilung Gesundheit QPK - aus Mitteln des Aktionsprogrammes Gesundheit; Kiezfonds Lichtenberg; FAN-Fonds Alt-Lichtenberg.