A research document composed of found materials by Matthew Austin. For the exhibition DES CHAPITRES DU CONFLIT; a project organized by the office for collaborative sustainability_ collasus.com
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A music video by the electronic band Nexus is shot in the Embassy. The video starts with the building framed in a stormy sky. From there an older man approaches the vacant building. Upon stumbing through the decrepant halls he is taken bit by bit, his fear, and suprise shown through the staccato of the electronic beats. Slowly figures in white suits with cartoonish ballon heads, slightly resembling the napster icon begin creeping in the background. They act as ghosts who have fully inhabited the space: having sex in the kitchen and mulling through the hallways. The man eventually gathers up a crew of these ghosts and they all go downstairs to the boiler room. The syncopations of the electronic beats intensify accompanied by a flurry of close-ups of pressure and temperature meters. Finally, the man opens one of the machines and pulls out a miniature, baby, version of the white characters. He hands it to the group, and exits the building.
Unlike other embassy missions, the land granted to the Iraqi mission remained the sovereign territory of Iraq after the dissolution of the East Germany in 1990, and even later and more paradoxical, the dissolution of the Republic of Iraq in 2003.
sovereign territory of Iraq after the dissolution of the East Germany in 1990, and the dissolution of the Republic of Iraq 2003. http://www.renaissancesociety.org/site/Exhibitions/Essay.Meanwhile-in-Baghdad.592.html
Gifted to Iraq by the DDR in the 60’s, and abandoned in favour of a new home in the west after the reunification of Germany in 1990, this building is of confused legal status. According to conversation at the event, German police are unable to enter the property without gaining permission from the Iraqi Government - it is still officially Iraqi soil.
German police are unable to enter http://studiounite.blogspot.com/
Urban reclamation of this kind is common in Berlin. Squatting has been prevalent since the war, and jumped to new heights when the wall fell, as thousands of people from the East literally fled their homes for the West leaving completely furnished apartments ready for the taking. And there are still thousands of empty buildings and building lots all across the city. Considering the population of Berlin reached 4.5 million during World War II, it is currently 1 million
1 million people under capacity Photo: Irish Berliner Blogger www.abandonedberlin.com/2010/06/party-at-saddams-house-abandoned-iraqi.html
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rampant looting occurring in the weeks following the
The ghosts of Berlin Embassy On the floor rot tapes, records, visa applications. For nearly 20 years, expires in East Berlin, the former Iraqi embassy in the GDR. In the panel were once planned assassinations and explosives hidden - today is the ruins of a Mecca for photographers, souvenir hunters and party people. By Melanie from Marschalck It looks as if a bomb. Shards on the floor, furniture overturned, a burnt stairs, books and documents that are scattered in the former office space on the floor. Windows are smashed, the garden is neglected. On the desks are still old typewriters and computing machines - many of them originals from the GDR. But the premises are not the scene of a war, but the former Iraqi embassy in the GDR. For nearly two decades, it is now empty and eradicates to himself. Once here broke out in the Tchaikovsky in BerlinPankow, a fire. Otherwise the place is now a paradise for souvenir hunters, photographers, curious, artists and amateur scientists who rummage in the mountains of documents and propaganda material from Saddam Hussein’s time. Shall find there today cassettes of speeches by the young Saddam or anti-Iranian propaganda postcards.
Just because the embassy building expires so, it now enjoys cult status, photos of the popular motif zip thousands of internet. Also, the renowned British photographer Walead Beshty produced a series “Scenes from Tchaikovsky Street 17” with the message as a ghostly backdrop. In August 2009 the Australian journalist Joel Alas organized with friends under the slogan “The Green Zone,” a party in the abandoned building: “We wanted to organize an event so that visitors can experience this living museum, before the place finally disappear,” says he. “Every time I visit the message is missing, more, and the building is still in a state of disrepair.” About a hundred people came to Alas’ celebration. Trendy partygoers and international audience. So also, the Irish coming filmmakers Robin Lochmann and Holland producer Frederik Poppenk. They saw in the ruins once the ideal backdrop for their music video “Collapsible Structures” for the Irish DJ Nexus. “After the party we have now written a concept. It is a perfect set, we could never recreate that.” Military assistance to the DDR
The panel in the northeastern district of Pankow, the traditional diplomatic district of the GDR is a kind of no man’s extraterritorial area. The ownership structure is problematic: The plot belongs to the Federal Republic of Germany, but “for the Republic of Iraq is an openended and gratuitous uses of the land registered in the land,” said Guido Deus of the Federal Agency for real estate, trustee of the property. The all-German Iraqi Embassy in Zehlendorf does not care about their closed residence and will not comment on the subject at present.
Even Hans-Michael Schulze was orphaned several times in the house. The author is a member of the Berlin Underground Association and conducts research on the GDR’s history. He is currently digging through countless personnel files, dissertations and theses that are in the whole building on the floor. On the basis of the record let themselves show that the GDR was training the country for Iraq - particularly in engineering, mathematics and chemistry, “says Schulze. He finds it particularly irresponsible, that the personnel records are open to view - and thus the data of citizens who have applied for visas in GDR times.
Tip for party-goers and filmmakers
The panel was built in the early
seventies on the 5000-square-meter plot in 1974 and served as a message. But at the size of the building can be seen that the oil-rich Iraq, an important role in the socialist friends have played on purpose. After all, Mesopotamia, the first nonsocialist nation that in 1969 the GDR diplomatically recognized as a state. 1980, invited Saddam Hussein, a president for a year in Iraq, Erich Honecker to Baghdad. It was not just about the development of bilateral relations, but also a vast arms trafficking. The National People’s Army (NVA) helped Iraq, for example, in the preparations for chemical warfare. Example, reported Der Spiegel in 1990 that led four officers of the “chemical services” to the army until the early eighties, the development of the field maneuvers for nuclear, biological and chemical weapons near Baghdad. “With special compliments” from Saddam To Saddam’s policy also included attacks on opponents abroad. West Berlin was also likely to feel the long arm of the despot. Diplomats of all embassies in East Berlin were at that time, as often as they wanted to stay on the transition Checkpoint Charlie in the West. 1 August 1980 arrested two members of the Iraqi embassy in West Berlin. The police accused them of having prepared a suitcase bomb attack. According to the police report, the two Iraqis, the first Secretary Khalid Jaber and technical workers Hay-Ali Mahmoud, were getting caught, as they would hand over a suitcase filled with explosives, an informer. The aim of the attacks to the authorities, was a meeting of Kurdish opponents - opponents of the government in Baghdad - in the Berlin district of Wedding. With the help of the spy in the Kurdish organization wanted to be murdered the rebels. But the man got cold feet and
announced the planned attack to the police. He said that the order came with “special greetings of the Iraqi president” - directly from Saddam Hussein. Later, let the West German justice the suspected terrorists are running again - with regard to the then good relations with Iraq. The Berlin PDS deputies Giyasettin Sayan, who was with the opposition meeting here, has now a book about the foiled assassination wrote: “Saddam’s deadly diplomats in Berlin”. He also researched in Stasi. “The Stasi monitored the suspected terrorists all the time, but not interfere,” says Sayan. Terror squads from the message In September 1990, the embassy staff came under renewed pressure. The magazine “Junge Welt reported,” the embassy would be large quantities of weapons and explosives store. More than that: The paper spoke of real “terror squads” that had been in the process to take shape. You could possibly react to German decisions which are directed against Iraq. The country was then for a month in the war with the U.S.. The DDR-Home Office confirmed the weapons find. The Central Criminal Office of the GDR ordered a special guard. After German reunification in 1990 left many states their representations, converted it into offices of the consulates or embassies in Bonn, since East Berlin was not suddenly more capital. The former Iraqi capital in the GDR was a Berlin branch of the all-German Iraqi embassy can be used. But nothing came of it. In January 1991, it is said in diplomatic circles, the staff of the Berlin office in the wake of the Gulf War was allegedly prompted by the all-German government to leave. Since then, the building stands empty, including furniture. For years, Iraq was an international outlaw state, with those
accounts. For the property there was no money. The result was a place that has been discovered again and again - and again fell into oblivion. In 2003, shortly after the end of the second Iraq war, several newspapers reported on the desolate place where Saddam Hussein was still smiling then mild from the walls of the offices. Embassy tourists dragging masses of photos and portraits of the dictator from the building. The New York Times wrote, “even of” looting “. A short time later it was burning at the residence. Probably arson. That was seven years ago. Since then, the building lies dormant again in his long sleep, occasionally disturbed by souvenir hunters.
BERLIN— I never thought of myself as a looter, but when I saw the portrait of Saddam Hussein on the wall I couldn’t resist. Except for the twittering of birds and the occasional sound of a passing car, there was silence throughout the building. I hoisted myself on a desktop so that I was face to face with the youthful, fleshy Saddam Hussein. I wiped my finger across the poster’s grimy surface, blew at it to remove some of the dust and lifted it off the wall. I knew no one would see me. The building, which once served as Iraq’s embassy in East Germany, has stood empty and unattended since Germany’s reunification in 1990. Long, moss-filled cracks run through the harsh geometry of its concrete structure. Vines, prickly bramble and saplings reach through the rusting, off-white metal gate and broken windowpanes. Inside, the rooms are full of decaying 1970’sstyle furniture, as well as pictures, lamps and dishes. There is a pervasive odor of soggy cloth and paper. Binders thick with documents and stacks of stationery fill the cabinets. Thousands of books stand on sagging shelves or lie strewn across the hallways and stairwells of the four-story building. Most of Berlin’s other grand embassies that were left vacant, either after World War II or after reunification, are again occupied. But the socialist ‘’brother states’’ Iraq and East Germany signed a special contract, still recognized by Germany’s current government: in exchange for a one-time payment, Iraq gained unlimited rights to use this site in Pankow, the former seat of East German power. After reunification, Iraq’s East and West German Embassies consolidated in Bonn, then moved into a stately villa in southwestern Berlin last fall. In the meantime, Iraq allowed its Pankow property to fall into ruin.
Today, the embassy is more than just one of Berlin’s countless abandoned buildings; it is the vestige of two fallen political regimes. Propaganda materials litter the building’s spacious interior. A filthy red cloth banner lies in the corner of one room entangled in the cord of a broken telephone. On it is written in gold paint, ‘’Long Live the Arabic Baath Party and the German Democratic Republic’s Communal Fight Against Israeli Colonialism and Imperialism.’’ Torn, crinkled and water-stained Saddam Husseins of all ages gaze with eerie determination from framed posters and book covers. I was studying architectural history in Berlin and was compelled to explore the embassy after articles about it appeared in Die Zeit and Der Tagespiegel earlier this year. I wasn’t the only visitor. The embassy has become a hot spot for plundering, and the portraits have begun vanishing, one by one. In Berlin, the dictator’s images and Baath party paraphernalia are not being destroyed but collected. During a second visit, I easily climbed over the gate (no guards are on duty) and walked through an unlocked basement door. I arrived to find several other people inside rummaging through file cabinets, dragging furniture out onto the balcony for picnics and trading dusty posters of Saddam Hussein. The looters ranged in age and type: five Berliner hipsters in their 20’s; a young couple and their sandal-clad daughter; a middle-aged photographer; and an American, as interested in getting Baath party paraphernalia as in finding toilets and furniture for his newly opened Berliner bar. The young couple took a copy of a text titled, ‘’Building Up Iraq Together,’’ a photography book on East Germany’s architecture, and backpacks full of Iraqi pamphlets. The hipsters carried out a large,
faded poster of the former dictator on horseback. I asked them why they wanted it -- mainly because I was trying to pinpoint my own fascination with the haunting images. ‘’I don’t know,’’ one of them replied, ‘’We are going to hang it in our bathroom.’’ According to a man who answered a phone call I made to Iraq’s other embassy, in Berlin, there are plans to move back into the Pankow site once Iraq becomes politically stable and after renovations have been made. When I asked the man, who identified himself as a Mr. Mofak, what he thought about Saddam Hussein’s image still hanging on the walls, he replied: ‘’If I had a key, I would go there and take those pictures down.’’ A key? I smiled to myself and looked over at the portrait of Saddam Hussein lying on my kitchen table.
http://www.nytimes. com/2003/09/26/opinion/saddam-hussein-isin-my-kitchen.html?scp =4&sq=caroline%20winte r&st=cse
free right to use the land. Ad Von Sabine Müller The front door of the former Iraqi embassy in Berlin is open, the traces of the past are scattered over the desert floor. Original bank statements from GDR times are around here, besides diplomatic letters in which appears the name of Erich Honecker. Also handwritten lists of German and Arabic names can be seen. That the panel in the East Berlin district of Pankow long empty stands can be seen in the thick moss layer glimpse of an office chair in the garden. Soon it will be 20 years. Stirred up the thick layer of dust in this building by the recent plans from today’s Iraqi embassy in West Berlin district of Zehlendorf. Here we consider, according to media reports, a move into a newly purchased, spacious villa in Dahlem. If it were not previously applied to clean up in Pankow, now ask critics. For this former residence is still in Iraq. Souvenir hunters come and go in this building on the outskirts of the former GDR-privileged district around the Majakowskiring. Bloggers spread the news of the mysterious place in the party people. Those who have missed the post-revolution tingling feeling in East Berlin are empty houses in the new millennium in their element: a haunted house, seeming nowhere. At some point it burned inside. The land belongs Germany, the house of Iraq The Federal Agency for Real Estate Management in Bonn are factual information on home and land into the 51st Tschaikowskistraße The situation is tricky. Owner of the land is the Federal Republic of Germany, it is said from Bonn. But the house belonged to the Republic of Iraq, which have in the land, a royalty-
* Your logistic partner heavy, projects ... Top advice, indiv-Service usw.www.krell logistik.de Since the collapse of the building mouldering to himself. The Foreign Office can communicate via real estate authority that the property is not currently used for diplomatic purposes. This would have in this state also very surprised. Calls to the Iraqi Embassy in the hold, a written request via e-mail remains unanswered. The building in the typewriters from the pre-computer age rusting before you is a legacy of two dictatorships. Iraq was among the first countries outside the Eastern Bloc, the GDR in the early 1970s recognized. International recognition was in East Berlin to focus on foreign policy. What went between East Germany and Iraq? It is not surprising that Iraq, to a country with rich oil reserves, a location message received in a good location, including property rights. Even today, speculating wildly on the Internet, which could between East Germany and Iraq all have run. Der Spiegel reported that in 1980 two Iraqi members of the missions of Pankow in West Berlin had been arrested. They had a suitcase full of explosives dabeigehabt. In the early GDR years resided in Pankow, the political elite of the DRR. Also selected Stasi sizes were there at home. After the move of the government to Wandlitz sizes in the early 1960s was the “town” in Pankow, a place for the privileged. After reunification, it was a popular residential area for villas lovers. The Foreign Office stands “regarding
the future fate of the building” with the Iraqi Foreign Ministry to contact the Federal Agency for Immovable Property shares with yet. Following is the statement: “Apart from the question of the continued use of the Iraqi Embassy has been asked to take care of the building.”
http://www.news.de/ politik/855056207/ irak-vergammelt-inberlin/1/ Ex-Botschaft Irak vergammelt in Berlin
Saturday, June 12, 2010 Party at Saddam’s house (Abandoned Iraqi embassy) Papers are strewn everywhere, files, important documents, letters, photos, names, addresses; mountains of them ripped from folders and filing cabinets and just scattered around. Chairs are overturned, sofas gutted, desks ravaged, walls blackened, shards of glass on the floor. Dirty curtains billow in the nonchalant breeze through broken windows. You’d think a bomb hit the place even before you realise where you are. But this is one Iraqi site which was never bombed - it was simply abandoned. They must have just left the Iraqi Embassy to East Germany (German Democratic Republic or GDR) with no notice at all. “We’re leaving. Pack your bags and get out!” They didn’t even bother to clear their desks. Almost 20 years later the telephones, rusty typewriters and telex machines still sit on desks, along with manuals and lists of phone numbers. There was even toilet paper still on a roll beside the smashed up cistern! Most of what they left behind in January 1991 is still there. All the good stuff was gone of course; I was looking for a picture of Saddam Hussein to hang on my wall. Any medals, busts or trinkets were long pilfered but there was still more than enough to hold the attention. A receipt from April 28th, 1970 for 1.070,66 East German Mark made out to Herr Dr. Hl Hussani, whoever the hell he was, and letters addressed to Mr. Issam Salman Al Rawi from the Iraqi embassy in London. manuscripts on the Iran-Iraq war, and plenty of pictures of missile launchers in action, smiling Iraqi soldiers and wartime propaganda. Saddam himself was there too! Smiling beautifully and radiating with glory on the cover of a brochure soiled by 20 Berlin winters and the
passing of time. Time hasn’t been kind to him either I’m afraid. “Mmmmm, he looks so young!” exclaimed Jenny when I later showed her the picture. Maybe it’s a good thing he’s gone after all. I’d hopped over the half-hearted barbed wire effort on the front gate and made my way in through the cellar. As is becoming customary, I’d no torch with me (I finally bought batteries on Sunday at Mauer Park) so I was relying on my camera infra-red to light the dark rooms. It didn’t light much. I stumbled over debris, banged into overturned furniture and crunched on broken glass as I groped my way around in the darkness. I pushed open doors, peered around corners in the dark, half expecting a decayed corpse to suddenly roll out in front of me. My heart was in my mouth. It nearly shot out of my mouth when I heard voices upstairs as I was rooting through some files. Who the hell was that?! I waited and listened. They spoke again. A laugh. Then I knew it wasn’t the Polizei. Or Saddam’s henchmen protecting deep dark secrets. I continued rooting. Most of the letters were in Arabic, so I’d no idea what plots they were divulging, what secrets they were sharing, whose ideas they were betraying. I should have paid more attention during Arabic classes. I stuffed a couple into my pockets and continued my search. The 5,000 acre site belongs to the Germany but the Republic of Iraq has “perpetual and exclusive rights” (as is embassy etiquette) after being granted same by the now defunct GDR government. The Iraqis now apparently have bigger fish to fry and look set to keep ignoring it from their plush allGermany embassy in Zehlendorf. “No comment,” from an Iraqi spokesman. Meanwhile, someone in the Berlin city planning authority: “It’s a
matter for Iraq; there’s nothing we can do about it.” The building was built in 1974 when Iraq enjoyed good relations with the GDR. It had been the first nonsocialist state to recognise East Germany as a country in 1969. Saddam Hussein even invited head honcho Erich Honecker to Bagdad in 1980, probably to discuss arms deals. The East German National People’s Army helped Iraqi preparations for chemical warfare, with Der Spiegel reporting in 1990 that four officers from the ‘Chemical Services’ of the NVA led a project until the early 1980s to develop chemical, atomic and biological weapons at a facility near Bagdad. George W. must have read that particular article. Or at least had it read to him. Saddam Hussein’s policy included hits on political opponents abroad. Apparently the East Germans were happy for Iraqis to use East Berlin as a base for operations in West Berlin, and embassy staff could pass through Checkpoint Charlie as and when they pleased. Two were arrested in West Berlin following a tip-off on August 1st, 1980 as they were receiving a suitcase full of explosives. They turned out to be the embassy secretary Khalid Jaber and the head of Iraqi intelligence in East Berlin, Hay Ali Mahmood. They were accused of a plot to bomb a congress of Kurdish students in West Berlin, in Wedding, just up the road from me. The tip-off came from the Syrian Intelligence Service to the West German Bundesnachrichtendienst intelligence service (BND). Apparently. Reports of large amounts of weapons and explosives at the Iraqi embassy in Berlin were confirmed by the GDR Interior Ministry in September 1990 when it was placed under watch. Iraq was already a month into the first Gulf War after invading Kuwait, and then German reunification took place in October. (Unconnected
events.) The new all-German government, no doubt on its best behavior and keen to kiss arses across the Atlantic, ordered staff out of the embassy in January 1991 while the first Gulf War was coming to an end. It’s been abandoned ever since, stuck in a bureaucratic tied-knot which I hope won’t be untied for a long time to come. It’s absolutely fantastic! What Former Iraqi Embassy to East Germany. Where Tschaikowskistraße 51, Berlin 13156, Germany. How to get there Get the S2 S-Bahn from Friedrichstraße to Pankow, and then get either the M1 tram from there to Tschaikowskistr. or the 155 bus to Homeyerstr. Here’s a map so you can figure out where to go from there. It ain’t far! You could also cycle which is the best way to get anywhere in this city. Getting in Just find the bit of the gate in front where the barbed wire isn’t too high up. There are a couple of spots where the barbed wire sits under the top of the gate. When to go Daytime is best so you can see what the hell you’re looking at. Difficulty rating 6/10 Not hard to get in, but need to be on the lookout for police and nosy neighbours. Germans have an uncontrollable urge to ring people in authority when they suspect someone might be breaking the law, even if it has absolutely nothing to do with them. “Das ist verboten verdammte Scheiße. Ich muß dringend die Polizei anrufen!” Who to bring Like-minded explorers.
What to bring Camera. Tripod if fancy about it. A dence home. And a torch for Jaysus’
you want to be bag to bring evitorch. Bring a sake.
Dangers The aforementioned nosy neighbours are a pain in the arse, but the Polizei do respond to their calls. A first attempt to gain entrance a couple of weeks ago had to be called off when a Polizei Wagon parked outside actually reversed to see whet we were up to when we were nosing about outside. Use your discretion.
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1. Accelerated Ruin- RUIN planting scheme devised from east/west german split. mesopotamia. mosses, for texture
2. Cleaning/Organizing- RETRO-FIT isolate architecture and interior.
3. Set up Puppet Childrenâ€™s Government- PUPPET GOVERNMENT have them paint murals and install their vision for an institutional architecture
4. Projection with video from another space (iraqi?)- GHOSTS mapped onto the pov of one of the chosen photographs. Video will be masked out, and ghost figures, paintings, movment, or furniture can be in light.
5. Research to see if there is an arab or iraqi equivalent to casper the friendly ghost? jen_fire/parallel beings_ genie? in koran, helped prophet get through obstacles. not friendly
6. Rather than looting... what can be brought into the space?
7. Make a painting on the roof, Google Earth painting.
8. Generate a beautiful floral wallpaper to paste inside of one of the rooms. Paste it over the grafitti, clean the room, and install a bee box with a bed of flowers.
9. Install Non-Load bearing structrual systems (virtual) 10. Paste a series of CG tags throughout the site that stitch together a haunting political horror story.vw
Text/Narrative Field with QR-code - tourist information for Prakow - synopsis of horror film plots - quotes from casper the friendly ghost
Build in a non load bearing Ghost Structure or Cut holes through the floors
Accelerated Ruin- RUIN planting scheme devised from east/west german split. mesopotamia. mosses, for texture
Set up Puppet Childrenâ€™s Government- PUPPET GOVERNMENT have them paint murals and install their vision an iraqi embassy
Published on Aug 1, 2010