INALLY, I’m en route to Berlin for a couple of months of follow-up research, fun, and writing. I’ve got a few things up my sleeve for the days ahead, and I’ll definitely be writing reports of where and I and what I do (and with whom) while in Berlin. But for now, I’m going to present something a bit different.
I’d like to try creating profiles of places, events, organizations, and so on that are important to my work. The idea here is to develop them in a semi-wiki fashion—that is, I publish an initial draft of the profile and ask you all to post additions, corrections, or alternate opinions in the comment thread below the draft. Then, I use the feedback to create a static page with a revised version of the profile. The profile will be “finishing” rather than “finished,” in the sense that it will strive to have the coherence and breadth of a definitive encyclopedia entry, while always remaining open to new material as it develops (or as it is suggested by other readers). What do you think of the concept? Let me know in the comments below.
In the meanwhile, here is my first profile. It’s of Berghain / Panorama Bar, which is a nightclub in Berlin and the epicenter of much of my fieldwork there. I’ve taken the text for this from an essay entitled, “Vagueness and Liquidarity: Solidarity, Belonging, and Ethics on the Dancefloor in Paris and Berlin,” which will appear in the forthcoming collection Music and Sociality in Urban Europe, edited by Fabian Holt and Carsten Wergin. So, you can consider this something of a sneak-peek (this essay is also a pared-down version of one of my dissertation chapters). In preparing this for press, I had to pare down my description of Berghain substantially, so this profile is also my way of making use of all of the text I had to discard during the editing process.
Berghain / Panorama Bar (2004–present)
Berghain viewed from the street, from Wikimedia Commons
Official Web Site: http://berghain.de
A nightclub that has become an institution of the Berlin techno scene, also taking on mythical proportions in the global techno and house scenes. The club is in fact a reincarnation of an earlier Berlin nightclub, Ostgut (1998-2003), which was located in the empty Ostgüterbahnhof railway shipping warehouse near the Ostbahnhof S-Bahn/railway station in the Friedrichshain district (in former East Berlin). (more…)