Teufelsberg has long been a very popular “urban exploration” spot for tourists and wanderers alike. I’ll spare you the elaborate story on the artificial hill with the listening station on top of it by simply pointing you to the relevant Wikipedia article.
But there it is now, a former US-listening station, nowadays lying in ruins but remaining impressive nonetheless. Like the Spreewald, photographers and street artists, writers and people who simply adore the myth of forgotten places, try to find their way up and in there to enjoy the view and leave their mark.
In that spirit it was just reasonable that the Berlin artbase Festival 2012 was to take place there. Many artists have already left their works up on the Teufelsberg and the listening station. Unfortunately, the artbase Festival had to cancel their event last minute as the local authorities decided they didn’t want to “rent out” the wasteland. Quite a pity.
The spirit of the artbase is to re-interpret wastelands and forgotten places like this and use them as platform for (urban) art of all kinds. Now that the festival was cancelled there will be no public event around these leftover artworks… ironically the whole situation is now even more in the spirit of “urban exploration” and forgotten stuff.
But: since there are frequent tours (for about 7 €) it’s not impossible to see the galleries up there. Here are a few impressions of what’s to find.