Exhibtion dates: 31 July - 12 Sept 2009
As part of 'The Fool' Michael Gardiner's photographic series 'Funfair' reveals one of Berlin's strangest sights. The series documents a disused funfair, Spree Park, which is near the centre of the city. For Gardiner, the funfair is an entire city-in-miniature, resembling a real-life equivalent of Giorgio de Chirico's enchanted cities.
Despite being prime real estate in one of the world's greatest cities, inside the funfair, everything is stilled, emptied, and silent. This ruined city is populated only by rust-covered rollercoasters and disused dodgems, as though the frenetic production of the 20th and 21st centuries had come to a grinding halt. But does the funfair resemble a Hollywood film set of a nuclear-scarred future, or is it closer to a vision of the real future awaiting us?
Other artists featured in 'The Fool'