If you are looking for some special comfort or experience, you will find it possibly at Hotel Sidi Driss in old Matmata, Southern-Tunisia. We had the opportunitiy to visit the site during a round trip through all Tunisia in 2006, and it attracts not only fans of Star Wars in which this filming location featured as the home of Luke Skywalker on the planet Tatooine for the 4th film episode in 1976.
The contemporary hotel was designed as a traditional Berber troglodyte underground building at medieval times. The Berbers created them by digging a large pit in the ground with a depth of ca. 10 m. Around the perimeter of this pit artificial caves were then dug to be used as rooms, with some homes comprising multiple pits, connected by trench-like passageways. These structures in the ground were much cooler than buildings on the surface, ancient airconditions not requiring any energy like today.
Actual accomodation fares at Hotel Sidi Driss are not really high, as the standard is obviously quite simple, rural and original. Room numbers are pinned on the long existing old walls, but we did not test it as we had already a booked accomodation at the oasis of Tozeur. Besides a lot of people are passing by for a short visit to feel a little bit of multiple Star Wars ambitions and more here in the vast desert of the Sahara.
Tuesday Photo Challenge – Comfort
A little water is a sea to an ant. (Afghan proverb)
THE LIGHT WILL BE IN AND AROUND OURSELVES,
WHEN WE SIMPLY LEAVE THE SHADOWS
OF OUR WELL RESEARCHED FENCES.
“Army of the Niemand” by Viktor Freso
picked up at “Nordart 2018” exhibition
Urban realities tend to be cloudy and incompatible from time to time. The familiar surroundings of yesterday may vanish as simple dust the other day. Tamped to the ground by effective machinery much faster than being built, one must be happy that some old buildings are rescued and prepared for a second life. Old and new are playing wellknown games as dateless competitors on urban fields in order to establish a vision of reality. The movement will not stop at a street-corner, let’s follow it and search the next challenge in the municipal maze.
Our world is becoming warmer and climate change poses great risk to natural and social systems. Both human and non-human species are vulnerable. Dealing with it as a technical problem that can be addressed through greater knowledge, know-how, innovation and expertise, has not led to the substantial changes needed to address this challenge.
Art and creative practices have the potential to challenge current thinking on climate change by presenting new ways of approaching complex problems. Artists are often at the forefront of innovation, addressing problems in novel ways free from disciplinary constraints. Art has the capacity to not only raise awareness but also use creativity in addressing complex issues, encouraging reflection and acting as a conduit for cultural renewal. …..
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Where do we go and what do we see and recognize when strolling around some unknown places of life just not being connected by the wide boulevards standing in our detailed maps.
The distinctive planning can not be realized because the found path and situation will immediately draw another picture and dreaming of reality. Time to listen to the many unheard voices hiding in the fringed relicts of the green.
In fact this site in Berlin comprises one of the most weird locations which I have visualized and explored so far. What I am showing here is however not at all comprehensive as this huge premises tends to be more a wild industrial labyrinth of ruins in continuous change, a real adventure playground with varied looks and diverse risky ambitions.
The place is better known under its original name Flughafen Johannisthal and was in use as an airport until the early 50s of the last century. Being situated in the Eastern part of Berlin the facilities were then changed to a huge industrial production area of cooling devices by the administration of the former German Democratic Republic being called VEB Kühlomat. After the unification of Germany this industrial site was closed in the early 90s of the last century and set into a deep sleep till today.
I have visited the strange place in early September for a couple of hours and therefore only seen a part of the endless technical jungle where nature tries to cover all again quite quickly. Everywhere debris is lying in the way like thoughtful obstacles but more dangerous are unexpected holes in the grounds and the poor condition of the halls, hangars and buildings where several fires have occured in the recent years such making the site not safer and a bit spooky in general.
So when loafing around this particular enchanted place several nervous and insisting noises always accompanied me on my obscure way so as if the ground was mourning and complaining about its fate – groaning wooden beams, dissolving walls and a curious sharp wind drifting around the next dilapidated corner leading to a contradictional but pure amazement overall.
The fabulous site attracts a lot of creative people as an open and free space for their multiple ambitions in the sector of murals and graffiti. And it is fascinating to realize how a little bit of colour can change a place of decay to something else and again completely new.
You may still find quite a lot of places like this in the German capital but the number is anyhow decreasing. So it is also not clear how long this site will exist in its actual shape furtheron because the building of new houses with urgent required appartments is planned here by the city for 2021.
If you intend stepping into this labyrinth, it may be found in Berlin-Treptow at Segelfliegerdamm. You have only to look for options in order to cross the fence, such opportunities are always available somewhere.
Tuesday Photo Challenge – Our World
Without the darkness of a mysterious night, how could we see the billions of sparkling stars spread over the large cosmic puzzle pile?
Tuesday Photo Challenge – Light and Dark
When gazing through the eternal holes of reality all seems just to be immediately escaping to nowhere. Now face the real urgent need to put again together the pieces which desiring belong to each other since eons in order to stumble over a weird glimpse on the distant horizon vanishing in darkblue fragile stretches of water – our original homeland.