Freie Universität Berlin

Alternative Archival Sites of Berlin

by Stefanie Alf, Friederike Hartge, Katharina Langels, Christine Schramm


Personal journeys are connected, to our lives and memories. If you follow our traces through the city, you will be able to experience them for yourself. Maybe this will bring up your own memories of Berlin.


How do we leave traces in Berlin and how does Berlin leave traces in us?
Looking at the traces of alternative archives we have asked ourselves how they (dis)appear, influence, imprint and move us.


You’re also invited to explore the different ways in which the city causes and creates movements – usual and alternative ones.

My Body’s Traces in Berlin 

A score to review how your body leaves traces in this city 

Thinking about Berlin as an archive, institutional and alternative, I see people as an alternative archive that leave traces. Through their being, moving, talking humans create the city.

That brings me to the question:  Which traces do you leave in the city?  

How much time, how many days have you spent in this city? Where did you live? At how many different places have you slept?  How many places did you go to?  What did you see?  What did you wear?  Whom did you meet? 

Which institutional places for movement and education have you been visiting and how did that shape traces in your body? How do these traces become new traces you leave for someone else? 

How is it in your private place? Do you leave traces by creating a personal archive? 

Did you perform in public space? Making music, movement or using your voice? 

Which performances have you seen? How did they leave traces and residues in your body? Can you visualize them by movement? And how do you leave traces for others by recreating these traces? Do these traces shape your work, your behavior, your being? And how does this leave new traces?

Traces that create traces. 

Traces followed by traces. 

Traces after traces. 

Never ending. 

Perform this dance I made for you and visualize a trace of your performance either a timeline or a map or whatever might be inherent to your interpretation of the score.

Share the most significant memories with the people or places they relate to – as a drawing, letter,… you leave on a place or as a video/audio recording, smell, taste,… you share with people.

Ask others to interpret the score and start a chain of reviewing bodies traces in Berlin that shape and archive the city at the same time.

by Stefanie Alf

Archival Sites of Berlin
by Friederike Hartge

Going to school

Close your eyes.
Think back
to a time.
Where you were young. A child.
Think of when you were walking to school.
What did you see? What do you see?
What do you remember?
Does the way still feel familiar? Can you
trace it?
Walk this path again, remembering how you felt.
What are you thinking?
Think back to that time.

by Katharina Langels

Enter Berlin Movement Archive
by Christine Schramm