Memory Landscapes and the Labor of the Negative in Berlin

  • Jonathan Bach


Focusing on the case of Berlin, this article explores the function of memory landscapes using the concept of the labor of the negative. Through three Berlin cases—the memorialization of the Berlin Wall, recent counter-memorials to the Holocaust, and the urban appropriation of voids through temporary projects—the article suggests that the labor of the negative constitutes Berlin’s memory landscape out of the interplay between absence and presence.


Berlin Memory Urban space Berlin Wall Holocaust Void Negative space 



This article stems from a collaborative project on “Collective Memory and the Transformation of Urban Space” supported by the Czech Science Foundation. The author wishes to thank Ben Nienass, Lindsey Freeman and Yukiko Koga for their comments and encouragement.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Global Studies ProgramThe New SchoolNew YorkUSA

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