Owned by Others: A Map to Possession Island – FALL 2023
Lutz Henke, Anna-Sophie Springer & Raul Walch (eds.)
Owned by Others: A Map to Possession Island is the published companion and continuation of a series of artistic interventions organized by the Berlin initiative Owned by Others on Museum Island. In autumn 2020, a temporarily rented travel agency specializing in Caribbean travel that had to close due to the pandemic became a new collective meeting place: “Museum Tropicana.” Located just on the other side of the river from the Humboldt Forum, it instantiated a critical and visionary counter-proposal to a reactionary urban planning that has cemented in the heart of Berlin.
This forthcoming book examines the scope for action of artistic interventions by exploring the interstices of an institutionally-mummified city center. It interrogates Museum Island as a place constituted by layers of authentic locations and objects and narratives accumulated in collections. The publication shows in an exemplary manner that a “revitalization” of the museologized city center also benefits from the relational, lived experience of contemporary artists. As a reflections on themes such as possession, appropriation and belonging, A Map to Possession Island aims to address a broad readership and supports a collective and lively psychogeography and engagement with the past, present, and future of this urban island in the middle of Berlin.
Owned by Others: A Map to Possession Island. Edited by Lutz Henke, Raul Walch & Anna-Sophie Springer. With contributions by Aïsha Ariella Azoulay, Melanie Garland, Nathaniel Flakin, Carla J. Maier, Nnenna Onuoha, Adela Taleb, Katharina Warda, and others. Design by Basics09.
15 x 23 cm
Color and black/white images
Softcover with flaps, thread-bound
Forthcoming in Fall 2023