Susanna Hertrich

Berlin Wild Life

Three sculptural installations (2010 – 2011)


The series of works tells an utopian tale about co-habitation between humans and wild animals in the city of the future. The installations range from parasitical forms of architecture for animals, to sanctuaries for forgotten species up to services with a symbiotic nature. The installations are to be used by the wild animals and have been planned in a dialogue with animal experts and scientists. However, it is the new perspective on the wild animal and a narration about an alternative society that stands at the core of the work. Berlin Wild Life is a winning project from the open call »Call for Future« of Über Lebenskunst initiative of the German Federal Cultural Foundation and House of World Cultures. Collaborative project with Michiko Nitta.


— Places that narrate about a future normality —

»With our work, we envision a city of the future where we learned to accept the wild animals. We are showing models that challenge the evolving paradigm shift on the role of nature in urban environments. We aim to influence the general perception of wildlife in Berlin through experiences. Our proposed provisions are for once provoking and aimed to stimulating debates about purpose of nature in cities. Yet, they also imply – speculative – solutions. We like to describe our installations as places for discourse: We invite the citizens of Berlin to engage with the wild animals. Our project defines the city as a space for negotiation between people and wild animals.«
Hertrich & Nitta, 2011


— Installations —

Spa for Fish Fish in urban areas have to endure a lot: sports- and recreational boats of all sizes and tons of rubbish that are tossed into the floods. Concreted river banks are causing an extra stress level. High current velocities make it hard for smaller fish to engage in their family planning. Wouldn’t it be fair, if in return, we would offer them a recreational space? Anodised aluminium structure, high-sea floats, fluorescent latex, acrylic, LED-lights, solar modules. Dimensions: app. 0,50 m x 2 m long x 1,50 m.


Parasitic Architecture for Raccoons Housing area for raccoons to be attached to existing buildings; a meta-city for this migrant animal species. Materials: Hot-dip galvanised steel, powder coating, pinewood poles, crow seed bombs, string. Dimensions: app. 3 m x 1,50 m x 1,50 m.


Service Crows A meeting point to foster an alliance with the corvids and use their natural behaviour for subversive gardening strategies. Handed tasty seed-bombs with the mission to dispose of them, the crows create blooming trails in the concrete jungle. Service crows adds a new beastly side to guerilla gardening. Materials: Hot-dip galvanised steel, powder coating, pinewood poles, crow seed bombs, string. Dimensions: app. 3 m x ca. 1,50 m x 1,50 m.


— Über Lebenskunst exhibitions —

Haus der Kulturen der Welt (2011), Haus am Waldsee/Sculpture park (2011)

— Further information —

www.berlinwildlife.org