A startling example of adaptive re-use Berlin’s Teufelsberg (or Devil’s Mountain) provides Berlin with the best in all-season sports activity. Recognized among the premier spots for freeride mountain biking in Germany, these popular slopes rising from the forest of Grünewald also provide the very best snow sports, para-gliding and longboarding in Berlin, a modest claim at 377 feet above sea level. Still, as the highest point in the Berlin area it affords spectacular 360 degree visibility of city and surrounding countryside.
DO HO SUH AND MEMORY’S LABYRINTH
Do Ho Suh’s current art installation at Arthouse of the Contemporary Austin running through January 11, 2014, is easy to like, to photograph. His embroidered sketches, videos and installations replay and rephrase an inescapable memory of home. It’s depicted in paper and thread as carried on one’s shoulders, or trailed after like clouds of dust, or in video hauled across country on a semi-trailer. One recalls Atlas’s bearing the weight of the world, Peanuts’ Pigpen trailing the dust of ancient civilizations, and the percussive heartbeat of truck driving songs.