In the Spring of 2010, after showing my documentary about underground Indie-Rock Posters in Berlin, I was trapped under Iceland's clouds of volcanic ash, surrounded by wealthy artist types at some millionaire’s party. Having no interest in this world and not enough money to buy a twenty-euro cocktail, fortune had me stumble upon another gatecrasher... The man he drew me a map with no street names and told me I should go and find Peristal Signum's Labyrinth.
I blindly followed the hand-drawn lines through a dark and desolate part of East Berlin and found myself in the thick of an extraordinary group of artists and their extraordinary story. Tim Schneider, a painter, Georg Losch, a composer, and Andrija Bezosevic, a former underground train driver, took over a dilapidated building and out of the trash that surrounds it, rebuilt the labyrinth.
It took the outsider artists nine months to construct their labyrinth, which opened at the same time I was stranded in Berlin. Built in an unused part of an electro nightclub, the space was donated by the owners of the business. Working without any blueprints, Tim, Georg and Andrija threw fundraising parties and accepted gifts of money and industrial garbage to make their vision a reality.
So what is the labyrinth? Pay the 10 Euro ticket price and find out for yourself. They plan to keep the labyrinth open as long as the building stands, and there are no immediate plans to demolish it yet.
Mark Frauenfelder is the founder of Boing Boing and the editor-in-chief of MAKE and Cool Tools. Twitter: @frauenfelder. His new book is Maker Dad: Lunch Box Guitars, Antigravity Jars, and 22 Other Incredibly Cool Father-Daughter DIY Projects