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08 FEBRUARY 2015

Achterbahn: the story behind Berlin's abandoned Spreepark

"Norbert Witte hatte einen Traum: er wollte aus dem Berliner Spreepark–einem Freizeitpark, der zu DDR–Zeiten unter dem Namen »Plänterwald« berühmt geworden ist–den größten Rummelplatz des gerade wiedervereinigten Deutschlands machen. Stattdessen ging der König der Karusselle pleite und setzte sich mit seiner Familie und dem größten Teil seiner Gerätschaften im Jahre 2002 nach Peru ab. Er hinterließ der Stadt Berlin einen Riesenberg Schulden und ein großes Chaos. In Peru verwickelt er sich und seinen 20jährigen Sohn in Drogengeschäfte. Beide landen im Knast: Norbert Witte in Deutschland, sein Sohn in einem der härtesten Knäste der Welt…"

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19692003 • abandoned amusement park • abandoned places in Eastern Europeabandoned ruins • abandoned theme park • Achterbahn (2009) • amusement parkBerlin • boarded up • cocaine • dark undersidedeserted placesdinosaurdocumentary film • drug smuggling • drug trafficking • East Berlin • East Germany • entertainment park • filming location • fun park • fun-rides • GDRGermany • Hanna (2011) • Kulturpark Planterwald • Lima • Marcel Witte • neglected buildings • Norbert Witte • Peru • Peter Dorfler • Pia Witte • Planterwald • prison • rollercoaster • ruins • Sabrina Witte • Sarita Colonia prison • Spree river • Spreepark • Spreepark Berlin • Spreepark GmbH • Treptow-Kopenick • Treptower Park • urban decay

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Simon Perkins
29 OCTOBER 2012

Blue Velvet: the dark underside of America's collective fantasies

"Blue Velvet begins with the lily–white small town of America's collective fantasies and shows us its dark underside: drugs, violence, sex, and particularly sexual perversion. Our hero, Jeffrey, hiding in the dark, peers through the slats of Dorothy Vallens' closet at Dorothy getting undressed and Frank's strange sadomasochistic sex with her. Jeffrey stands for all of us American filmgoers peering (voyeuristically!) at Evil in traditional American films. Lynch clues us as to how we should read his film when he shows us a cluster of ants under the Beaumonts' pretty lawn. This is Tennyson's nature red in tooth and claw–the underside of cutesy Lumberton with its free enterprise propensity for cutting down trees."

(Norman N. Holland)

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1986 • Alfred Tennyson • ants • Blue Velvet (1986) • collective fantasies • communitydark undersideDavid Lynch • Dennis Hopper • Dorothy Vallens • drugs • evil in films • feature filmfilm • filmgoers peering • free enterprise • hiding in the dark • Isabella Rossellini • Kyle MacLachlan • Laura Dern • lily-white • Lumberton • melodramanature • pretty lawn • repressionsadomasochistic sexsexsexual perversionsmall townsmall town Americasocietyundercurrents • underside • violencevisual spectaclevoyeurism

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Simon Perkins
09 JUNE 2004

The Image Archive on the American Eugenics Movement

"The Image Archive on the American Eugenics Movement is expected to go online in January 2000. Judging from a preview, it's a pretty powerful site, featuring a collection of troubling documents and pictures. There are photos of men arranged as if in a police line–up, which purport to show correlations between the size and shape of one's head and one's intelligence; there is a photo of a young boy just out of diapers who was identified as a likely potential criminal – a determination based on the shape of his face. There are family trees which track alcoholism and idiocy across the generations; and there are photos of the 'fittest families' — who apparently evidenced no undesirable traits.

Up to now, the materials of the eugenics archive, which had been dispersed among several institutions including the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia, have remained an obscure body of research, accessible only to scholars. By granting broad access to the archive over the Internet, David Micklos, director of Cold Spring Harbor's DNA Learning Center and chief architect of the eugenics archive, hopes to encourage students and the general public to make a connection between what happened in the early 1900s and events in genetic research that are grabbing headlines today – a connection that could provide an ethical context for some agonizing decisions we face in our personal lives and in society. Clicking through some of the shocking images and articles of the exhibit, I was struck by a disquieting common ground shared by eugenics and today's prenatal genetic testing: a belief that biology is destiny and that science alone can help us overcome it."

(Kristi Coale, 17 November 1999, Salon Media Group, Inc.)

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2000 • American Eugenics Movement • American Philosophical Society • American Supreme Court • anecdotal information • athletic prowess • bad heredity • biological determinism • biology is destiny • Carrie Buck • dark underside • David Micklos • demographic information • differential psychology • disabilitydiseaseDNA • Down syndrome • eggethical contexteugenics • eugenics archive • Eugenics Record Office • fashion model • folic acid • forced sterilizationgenetic engineeringgenetic research • hereditary data • hereditary defect • hospital records • house-to-house survey • Image Archive on the American Eugenics Movement • immigration laws • improve the human species • inherited disease • institutions for the blind • institutions for the deaf • institutions for the insane • intelligence • IQ test • Ivy League • Kristi Coale • life-altering decision • low intellect • mentally disabled • moron • Paul Lombardo • perfect baby • playing god • police line-up • pregnant woman • prenatal genetic screening • prenatal genetic testing • prison • procreation • Ron Harris • scientific data • shocking images • sperm • sterilise • sterilization laws • survival of the fittest • traits • unfit • University of Virginiause of private information • Vivian Buck • weeding out
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