Micro Turf is a project and process, where we survey parking lot ecosystems, abandoned infra-structures, trade routes, and micro habitats of Berlin by dissecting the fringe-ecologies within the city. Analyzing ecological succession, the expedition collects samples, maps wildlife, illustrates the topography, detects seismographic data, and observes the micro-climates to create models of future urban habitats.
The project concentrates on what is actually observable and currently happening in each Micro Turf space – what factors led to the creation of a particular space, and what may happen in the future. We analyze the patterns and interactions of plants, animals, humans and their respective structures. Processes include investigation, tool-creation, method development, data-gathering, and documentation.
Initiated as a public workshop and continued as a meticulous expedition into local urban natures, an experimental field guide will document the observed turfs, their current states and their potential and imaginary successions.
Jon Cohrs, Morgan Levy and Alex Toland
Part of Urban Wilderness Action Center, Eyebeam and Electrosmog Festival. Skulpturenpark Berlin, KUNSTrePUBLIK e.V.