KUNSTASYL at 48Hours NEUKÖLLN
A bus drove through Neukoelln. The window seats were taken by Latif and Khaled, Mawlud, Zlatan Ramizah and Vanesa, Endrit, Mohamed Firas, Melisa and Zineta, Housam and Al Khaled, Mazin and Hijba, Mohammed and Zain, Amir and Dakel, Hameed and Sam, Kumrije, Valentina, Valandrina and Foad, Bashkim, Gazi, Gordon and Alexander. Eight times around the world in 48 minutes - from Flughafenstrasse via Podujeva and Tuzla to Damascus, via Ba'lbak and Shingal to Gujrat. Always late. 48 seats taken by guests and hosts, passengers and travellers. Only the 49th seat - mid-position of the last row - would be empty most of the time; dedicated to the nameless refugee.
"Our tour is too simple, we have no rules, we just share a small great idea. there is no refugee here and nobody is involved with the project. we are human beings which had to leave home for different reasons. maybe some people say that we can't read and write, that’s why I want to answer them, at least we have emotions and we can feel the big humanity in our hearts.
That is how Dakel would welcome everyone each time the bus set off on a journey of chances and encounters.
It was at the last stop in Damascus, in front of Museum Neukoelln, when 9-year-old Mohammed completed what his father Mazin had said: "It is not about a place or a landscape - it is about people."
KUNSTASYLtours' idea was to create a space within the bus for people looking for shelter in Germany and those who live here. That space was pretty much taken for the last tour when - again - so many people would take part in the journey.
One of Hijba's guests confessed that in the past she had been too scared to talk to a "refugee." She lost her fear in the bus. After all, there were no refugees on board but Latif and Khaled, Mawlud, Zlatan, Ramizah and Vanesa, Endrit, Mohamed Firas, Melisa and Zineta, Housam and Al Khaled, Mazin and Hijba, Mohammed and Zain, Amir and Dakel, Hameed and Sam, Kumrije, Valentina, Valandrina and Foad, and Bashkim, Gazi and Alexander. They would talk about aviation and soccer, cooking and photography, asylum policies, women's rights, and escaping through the deserts of Sudan.
In 1932 Erich Kaestner opted for the railway as a vehicle in his parable, rolling into a "presence to-be." This is the first verse:
We're all in the same train
travelling across time.
We look outside. We saw enough.
We all ride on the same train.
And no one knows how far.
Long distance journey Neukölln...Residents of KUNSTASYL/ HEIM for asylumseekers and displaced persons in Staakener Straße Berlin Spandau as travel companions in conversation with their guests and seat neighbours.
Thanks to all our translaters for their great work on translating between the travellers!
long distance journey Neukölln - 27th & 28th of june - eight times around the world
interview with Dakel Sado in the frame of the festival "48 Houres Neukölln"
[Translate to English:] Im Gespräch mit Adrian Garcia-Landa / Radio KiezFM
interview with barbara caveng
Dakel Sado in the central exhibition "Signale" in Neukölln Arcaden, sleeping on his bed in the installation of his reconstructed room 102 at the HEIM for asylumseekers and displaced persons at Staakener Straße Straße, Berlin-Spandau.
KUNSTASYL tours is made possible by the generous support of BVB.net