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recovering berlin

ruhmann notebook - line of transgression In early 2002, Martina RĹąhmann documented her observations along a path that connected the Berlin Wall in the north to the Wall in the south, cutting across the site of the former Palace of the Republic. In noting lines of accessibility, surveillance, use and displacement from the line, she was able to discern special connections. In 2035, it was made public that some Soviet officials had a confidential alliance with West German and US organizations for scientific purposes during the reign of the GDR.

One of the labs traced in Ruhmann’s line was in the early stages of analyzing Bacillus Pasterii, a bacterial type with adhesive qualities. Another was making studying the peculiarities of Shewanella, a bacteria capable of producing electrically conductive nanotube filaments.



recovering berlin matrix included only sites that ended up being covered somehow

entry tickets to the Galata Tower

nesin map - hidden pattern Harem Nesin, a Turkish journalist for the Istanbul newspaper Dunya Gazetesi, began photographing concealed buildings in Istanbul in 2017. These buildings had recently been damaged and were covered by scaffolding, tarps or screens. Nesin used the aerial view he could get from the Galata Tower to survey the changes in the city, mapping the locations of the abandoned buildings that ended up being covered indefinitely.

“wooden fence”

“masonry infill”

“green tarp”

the map included pictures of sites, their locations, a note of covering material

concealed preemptive action In 2019, an 8.2 magnitude earthquake struck Istanbul. Four years prior, using technology developed by DARPA in the US under its Transparent Earth Initiative, officials were able to predict the earthquake with greater precision. Harem Nesin’s map reveals strategic locations used by the municipality as injection points for Bacillus Pasteurii, a microbe able to tranform sand into sandstone by depositing calcite throughout the granules, fusing them together. This preemptive tactic by the government prevented mass destruction from liquefaction of the earth around the injection points. These measures were concealed from the public in order to avoid mass panic and exodus of Istanbul’s citizens.

Nesin making more connections over time between similar sites



recovering berlin

wilbert contracts - collapsing networks

wall sections being removed for Accessible Walls project

John Wilbert was the major contractor for Monsanto’s SoilStone® in Baghdad, where the microbial technology was used to stabilize soil and foundation damages throughout the city. Between 2028 and 2032, his company grew exponentially and spread branches in the different Sunni controlled zones in the city, which American troops had isolated with concrete walls from Shia neighborhoods before leaving in 2011.

New York Times online slide: membrane filling with sand

At the same time Wilbert and Co. was booming, Monsanto and Architecture for Humanity were collaborating on a project that offered to break down sections of the wall and replace it with accessible avenues. Wilbert and Co.’s three types of treatments with Monsanto’s SoilStone®

concealed preemptive action

Monsanto/Architecture for Humanity

In 2033, John Wilbert observed that the mapped commissions could be connected in sequential order to produce lines going towards the Accessible Walls project. In effect, the US army admitted having dug an underground tunnel system using programmed nanotechnology to lead the Bacillus Pasteurii to solidify caves between military outposts. The Architecture for Humanity’s project proved to be a release point for all the material excavated for the tunnel project. Baghdad: military underground network and “Accessible Walls” (Wilbert And Co.’s branches in red frames) Wilbert and Co.’s contract maps by branch

“Accessible Walls” brochure



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ruhmann notebook - line of transgression One of the labs traced in Ruhmann’s line was in the early stages of analyzing Bacillus Pasterii, a...