Thingstätten in Deutschland
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Thingstätten (Thing cult) is a term used to define open-air Nazi cult theaters built between the years of 1933-1945 for the specific intention to rally and entertain local communities. The staged productions performed where to project propaganda of an idealistic reinterpretation of Germanic history and used as a recruitment tool for the National Socialist Party. Architecture and impressive scenic places were chosen as Thingsteads: locations where determined by idyllic fake historical Germanic surroundings. These locations developed by the fascist government was to represent a tribal past built in isolated specific natural landscapes of wooded areas, near bodies of waters, nestled in hills or natural unique rock formations as well near traces of historical Germanic ruins.

This photographic & video research project is a documentation of Thingstätten locations in areas of Poland and Germany that investigates my interest of mythical topographies of architectural space. These architectural portraits become places of lost memories that demonstrate a primary function of the still photographic image, to record. The photographs represent an ideal that is represented within cultural influence and where the romantic constructions of landscape design and architecture are created for the idyllic. It is the in photographs the interpretation of power or influence in political ideologies are shown as indented propaganda tools through architectural idealism.

Using visual and conceptual traditions, the photographs are of sites that are of the familiar; picturesqueness image of landscape but represent a lost history of built intention or purpose. These Thingstätten locations are all but abandon, forgotten or have been repurposed for contemporary use. I intentionally photograph these locations from a distance to include the entire space creating melancholic state allowing the viewer and myself to express a social critique of an investigation of forensic architecture. Beyond public memories, the images begin to demonstrate spaces in which a building façade or their locations are indistinguishable lost in time; blurred into the monumental dissolution of lost architectural space and history.
Thingstätten in Deutschland, Bergen, Rügen, DE.
Along the path to the Thingplatz where Hitler youth scouts would have paraded to and from rallies.
Thingstätten in Deutschland, Bergen, Rügen, DE.
Rügen Germany is a northern Island facing the Baltic Sea. Near the town of Bergen an old Thingplatz was build in the 1930s for summer Hitler youth camps and local political rallies.
Thingstätten in Deutschland, Bergen, Rügen, DE.
Along the path to the Thingplatz where Hitler youth scouts would have paraded to and from rallies
Thingstätten in Deutschland, Bergen, Rügen, DE.
Rügen Germany is a northern Island facing the Baltic Sea. Near the town of Bergen an old Thingplatz was build in the 1930s for summer Hitler youth camps and local political rallies.
Thingstätten in Deutschland, Glücksburg DE.
Along the border of Germany and Denmark sits the Glücksburg Castle build during the northern European renaissance
1582 to1587 had been a location where high-ranking officers and dignitaries would stay during Thingplatz events.
Thingstätten in Deutschland, Glücksburg DE.
Thingstätten in Deutschland, Glücksburg DE.
Cornerstone marking the entrance open park space build in 1937 by the Reich Labor Service (RAD). The agency was part of
National Socialist Party to help mitigate the effects of unemployment and militarize the workforce by indoctrinate it
with Nazi ideology.
Thingstätten in Deutschland, Glücksburg DE.
Glücksburg Castle Grounds, in the town of Glücksburg, Germany. It is one of the most important
Renaissance castles in northern Europe and used by the National Socialist Party as an idyllic area for a Thingplatz.
Thingstätten in Deutschland, Hösseringen, DE.
Seated stones known as Landtagsplatz was thought to have been an earliest assembly area used sometime in the middle
ages then reused by the for Nazi Party officials where their names would have been engraved on the stones.
Currently the Landtagsplatz location is for the representatives of the villages in the district of Uelzen.
Thingstätten in Deutschland, Hösseringen, DE
Thingstätten in Deutschland, Hösseringen, DE
Thingstätten in Deutschland, Verden, DE
Thingstätten in Deutschland, Verden, DE
Thingstätten in Deutschland, Verden, DE
Thingstätten in Deutschland, The Externsteine, North Rhine-Westphalia, DE.
Externsteine, a site consisting of five unique enormous rock pillars, regarded as sacred location since prehistoric times.
In the Middle Ages Christian hermits had carved out cave dwellings. This site had come to the attention of Heinrich
Himmler who in 1933 intended to build a Thingstätten outdoor theater but was never completed.
Thingstätten in Deutschland, The Externsteine, North Rhine-Westphalia, DE
Thingstätten in Deutschland, Waldbühne, Berlin DE
Thingstätten in Deutschland, Waldbühne, Berlin DE
Thingstätten in Deutschland, Waldbühne, Berlin DE.
Performers entrance to the main stage at the Waldbühne amphitheater, the underground corridor had doubled as a bomb shelter during the Seconded World War bombing of Berlin.
Thingstätten in Deutschland, Waldbühne, Berlin DE.
Waldbühne is the largest of the Thingplatz location part of the Olympic park complex in the city of Berlin. The Waldbühne
was built on the request by Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels who had it modeled after an ancient Greek amphitheater
in 1936. The amphitheater is still used today and has held concerts from the Berlin Philharmonic to appearances of the
Dalai Lama.
Thingstätten in Deutschland, Stedingsehre DE.
Thatched roofed buildings part of a fixed small village theater grounds built for a performance written by Augus Hinrchs
in 1934, a stage plays De Stedlinge. The village backdrop is part of a larger outdoor stage Thingstätten where events and
mass rallies where attended by Nazi party leaders. The Thingstätten building and the out-door theater remain and is
currently being used as an educational institution for people with special needs, rehabilitation from health problems.
Thingstätten in Deutschland, Stedingsehre DE
: Thingstätten in Deutschland, Stedingsehre DE
: Thingstätten in Deutschland, Stedingsehre DE
Thingstätten in Deutschland, Bad Segeberg DE.
Bad Segeberg is a small town in Germany where a large amphitheater originally built by the Reich Labor Service for Nazi rallies. Today the Thingplatz location in Bad Segeberg holds daily reenactments from the novelist Karl Mays adventure stories about the American Wild West.
Thingstätten in Deutschland, Bad Segeberg DE.
Teepees sit in the foreground on the stage area with residential homes for the citizens of the town Bad Segeberg.
Thingstätten in Deutschland, Bad Segeberg DE
Thingstätten in Deutschland, Bad Segeberg DE.
Back Stage of building façade for the reenactments of Karl Mays adventures about the 19th century American West.
Thingstätten in Deutschland
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© Daniel Mirer
Thingstätten (Thing cult) is a term used to define open-air Nazi cult theaters built between the years of 1933-1945 for the specific intention to rally and entertain local communities. The staged productions performed where to project propaganda of an idealistic reinterpretation of Germanic history and used as a recruitment tool for the National Socialist Party. Architecture and impressive scenic places were chosen as Thingsteads: locations where determined by idyllic fake historical Germanic surroundings. These locations developed by the fascist government was to represent a tribal past built in isolated specific natural landscapes of wooded areas, near bodies of waters, nestled in hills or natural unique rock formations as well near traces of historical Germanic ruins.

This photographic & video research project is a documentation of Thingstätten locations in areas of Poland and Germany that investigates my interest of mythical topographies of architectural space. These architectural portraits become places of lost memories that demonstrate a primary function of the still photographic image, to record. The photographs represent an ideal that is represented within cultural influence and where the romantic constructions of landscape design and architecture are created for the idyllic. It is the in photographs the interpretation of power or influence in political ideologies are shown as indented propaganda tools through architectural idealism.

Using visual and conceptual traditions, the photographs are of sites that are of the familiar; picturesqueness image of landscape but represent a lost history of built intention or purpose. These Thingstätten locations are all but abandon, forgotten or have been repurposed for contemporary use. I intentionally photograph these locations from a distance to include the entire space creating melancholic state allowing the viewer and myself to express a social critique of an investigation of forensic architecture. Beyond public memories, the images begin to demonstrate spaces in which a building façade or their locations are indistinguishable lost in time; blurred into the monumental dissolution of lost architectural space and history.
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