The DAU project of the Russian filmmaker Ilya Khrzhanovsky planned to seal off a building complex around the Kronprinzenpalais on Berlin’s Unter den Linden boulevard with a concrete wall for four weeks on October 12. Visitors should be able to buy „visas“ to experience a different, fictitious world behind the wall. Film screenings and events were planned, for example by performer Marina Abramovic and conductor Teodor Currentzis.
Everyone may have their own opinion about this art project. Minister of State for Culture Monika Grütters, Berlin’s governing mayor Michael Müller, filmmaker Tom Tykwer, actor Lars Eidinger, choreographer and opera director Sasha Waltz, actors Iris Berben, Veronica Ferres, Tom Schilling and Joachim Król are in favour. The film and theatre directors Sönke Wortmann and Leander Haußmann, Susanne Kennedy and Ersan Mondtag, the artist Tino Sehgal and from Hamburg the Thalia director Joachim Lux as well as Christoph Lieben-Seutter, general director of the Elbphilharmonie.
Of course, many people are against this.
But as is well known, there is freedom of art according to Article 5 of the Basic Law.
And then there are always questions about safety. Fortunately for all who want to prevent the project. This time again, the event security had to pay for it: Berlin’s authorities refuse to approve the project. Technical problems and safety issues“ were then the decisive factors. In the short time available, it had not been possible to carry out the necessary checks with regard to fire protection and traffic safety.
What „luck“ that there are always these excuses. By the way, no one asked the professional association DTHG about this, although a whole series of members are active in this profession and prove this permanently at various (large) events.