Berlin Wall to Be Recreated in Germany’s Capital
A group of artists and filmmakers plans to recreate Germany's historic Berlin Wall.
The Berlin Wall was built by communist East Germany. It divided Berlin from 1961 to 1989.
Organizers say they will build a model of the Berlin Wall inside a small, closed-off area in the center of the German capital. The design will aim to create a feeling that visitors are inside a "city within a city."
The project is called DAU: Freiheit, or "Freedom." Event organizer Berliner Festpiele recently announced the project. It is set to open on October 12 in Berlin's Under den Linden area. The project still needs final approval from city officials.
The closing is planned for November 9. Event organizers say the wall and exhibits will be taken down that day. The date is meaningful; the real Berlin Wall began to come down on November 9, 1989.
Organizers have called the project "a social and artistic experiment." Visitors will have to buy "visas," the Associated Press reported. The visas will cost about $17.50.
Once inside, visitors will be asked to hand over their phones. They will then be be given another device to carry. This device will guide each person through different exhibits, including film presentations, music and performance art.
The aim of the experience is to begin "a political and social debate about freedom and totalitarianism, surveillance, co-existence and national identity," organizers told the Agence France-Presse news agency, or AFP.
Germany's minister of culture, Monika Gruetters, said she hopes the project will turn into a successful "world event."
But some critics expressed concern that recreating the Berlin Wall could be hurtful to some people who lived in communist East Germany.
"Out of respect for the victims who really experienced such situations, we should step away from this," Berlin politician Sabina Bangert told Germany's Tagesspiegel newspaper.
The event will be used to launch the first showing of a film project by Russian filmmaker Ilya Khrzhanovsky. The DAU film project has been in development for the past 10 years.
DAU involved hundreds of actors living full-time from 2009-2011 in an environment modeled after a former nuclear research facility in the Soviet Union, the AFP reported. The actors who lived in the facility – which was built in Ukraine – were asked to dress, speak and act as if they were actually living under a communist Soviet government.
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1.the Berlin Wall 柏林墙
The fall of the Berlin Wall symbolised the end of the Cold War between East and West.
2.as if 好像
It sounds as if they might have made a dreadful mistake
3.turn into 变成
We think he'll turn into a top-class player.
4.aim to 致力于
They aim to clear every dealer from the street.
5.Once inside, visitors will be asked to hand over their phones.
hand over 上交；交出
They would like to hand over their financial affairs to another body.
This morning the American was formally handed over to the ambassador.
6.Event organizers say the wall and exhibits will be taken down that day.
take down 记下；拆卸
They prepared to take down what he would say in shorthand.
In fact, all that our collective competitors have to do is take down the net!
柏林墙是由东德的共产主义者建立 。1961年至1989年，柏林墙将德国一分为二 。
组织者表示，他们将在德国首都中心一处封闭的小型区域内建造一个柏林墙模型 。该设计旨在为游客打造一种置身“城中城”的体验 。
该项目被称作DAU，意为自由 。项目发起者柏林人富特文格勒（Berliner Festpiele）近期宣布了这一项目 。预计该项目将于10月12日在柏林的林登地区开工 。项目仍需获得市政府官员的最终批准 。
项目计划于11月9日结束 。项目发起人表示，当天将拆除这座墙和展品 。选择这一天的意义非凡，因为真正的柏林墙就是在1989年的11月9日被推倒的 。
组织者将该项目称为“社会与艺术的实验” 。据美联社报道，游客必须购买“签证” 。签证费大约为17.5美元 。
一旦进入该区域，游客需要上交手机 。他们会拿到一部智能手机 。这部手机可引导游客游览不同的展馆，包括电影展示厅、音乐厅和表演艺术厅 。
德国文化部长莫妮卡·格鲁特斯（Monika Gruetters）表示，她希望这个项目能够成为一件成功的“世界盛事” 。
柏林政治家莎彬娜·班格特（Sabina Bangert）告诉德国《每日镜报》，“出于对真正经历过这些情况的受害者的尊重，我们应该远离这件事” 。
俄罗斯电影制作人伊利亚·赫扎诺夫斯基（Ilya Khrzhanovsky）将利用这一项目首次放映一部电影 。DAU电影项目已经发展了十年 。
据法新社报道，2009年至20011年期间，DAU曾有数百名全职演员生活在一个仿建的前苏联核研究设施中 。生活在乌克兰的这一设施中的演员被要求穿着、谈吐和举止都要像生活在共产主义苏联政府统治下一般 。