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Final Rest

Bodo Hartwig

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28 June 2024 19:00–20:00 29 June 2024 10:00–18:00 30 June 2024 10:00–18:00
The classic red telephone box was designed in 1924 by London architect Sir Giles Gilbert Scott as part of a design competition for the British Post Office. It was once used for undisturbed, acoustically shielded telephone communication. Over the past decade and a half, the last Deutsche Telekom phone booths have completely disappeared from public view. Yet this piece of street furniture symbolises the human need for peace and quiet in urban spaces like no other. Thousands of these phone boxes have found their (temporary) final resting place in a wooded area near Berlin. As an alternative to this undignified burial, some are being given a new lease of life as public bookcases. But wouldn't it be worth considering reviving the classic telephone box as a public island of calm in the city? Or would they have no chance of survival there?

With the purely photographic depiction of a relic of urban silence, Bodo Hartwig deliberately withdraws from his traditional means of expression - sound. By crossing this boundary, he confronts the audience with the experiment of reconstructing sound or silence from memory or imagination.

Location: Gutshof Britz, ticket booth in the entrance area


Bodo Hartwig

master sound engineer, radio author, audio artist,
studied Sound Engineering and Piano at the
Robert Schumann Conservatory /FH Düsseldorf;
since 1998 working for national public broadcasting stations,
mainly Deutsche Welle (DW), ARD and Deutschlandfunk,
author of numerous radio pieces and features;
2007-8 artistic assistant /lecturer, Media Art & Design
department at the Bauhaus University Weimar;
own creative work includes soundscape compositions
in stereo, 3D or surround-sound, as well as
sound installations and -objects;
artist residencies and exhibitions in Germany and abroad;
producer of miscellaneous music CDs


Alt-Britz 81
12359 Berlin

Gutshof Britz


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