Vanished Places

Vanished Places

Mídias locativas não são usadas apenas para reforçar a apropriação e o uso de lugares no espaço urbano. Essa experiência recém lançada em Berlin, tenta recriar o passado e reforçar a memória social e coletiva do muro através de um guia com GPS com audío e vídeo inclusive com testemunhos históricos. Vejam a matéria do SPIEGEL ONLINE sobre o Mauerguide.


“Visitors to Berlin are often disappointed that so little of the infamous Wall still exists. The city has launched a multimedia guide tracing the path of the Cold War barrier complete with eyewitness accounts of shootings, escapes and the everyday agony of life in its shadow.

The new Mauerguide, a mini-computer equipped with GPS navigation, traces the path of the Berlin Wall and tells its history through audio and video footages that includes eyewitness testimony.

These days even Berlin taxi drivers find it hard to remember where the Wall stood. Tourists search in vain for the 103-mile Cold War barrier that symbolized repression, divided a nation and cost the lives of hundreds of people.

For visitors and for young Germans, the absence of the Berlin Wall from the rebuilt capital makes it hard to imagine what life was once like in Berlin. Watchtowers, arrests of political dissidents and shootings of people trying to flee to the West were a fact of life in the city for 28 years until the Wall’s fall in 1989.

(…) As part of that campaign, Berlin introduced an interactive multimedia guide on May 1 in the form of a hand-sized computer which traces the path of the Wall and provides GPS navigation to help pedestrians and cyclists find the few intact stretches of the Wall that remain.

The device, similar to those handed out in museums, uses audio and video footage to tell the story of the Wall from when it was hastily erected in August 1961 to stop an exodus of people from Soviet-held communist East Berlin. The Wall turned West Berlin, controlled by the United States, Britain and France, into an isolated enclave inside East Germany.

(…) The so-called “Mauerguide” is available in German and English and can be hired from five points along the route of the Wall including the bustling area around the Brandenburg Gate, where the only trace of the Wall is a discreet line of cobblestones set into the ground to show where it once stood. The cost of hiring the guide ranges from €6 euros ($9) for four hours to €15 for 48 hours.


Berlin’s Mayor Klaus Wowereit said the Mauerguide was an important element of the city’s campaign to heighten awareness of the Wall. ‘We don’t want to forget what happened,’ he said. (…)”