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  • One of the more unique things we saw on our trip was “Fallen Leaves,” a work by Menashe Kadishman in the Memory Void section of the Jewish Museum in Berlin. You walk into this long room, and the floor is covered in these circular, metal faces of various size. As you walk along, the faces clang together, and the sound echoes up into the high, grey ceiling. This is another one of those places where you feel very alone, where you want to avoid looking at people. It’s different here though, because it’s so open and forceful. It feels like you’re in a huge crowd that’s so loud that you can’t hear anything. After awhile, the noise could be anything from screaming to an explosion. It’s a very physical experience. There are parts in the room that are very bright and parts that are dark. You have to walk slowly and carefully in order to balance on the faces. You are aware that you are a part of the reason for the noise, but you feel like it’s everyone else who’s doing it. You can’t stop walking until you have walked across and back. Once you stop walking, you feel like the room is full of a thick cotton, and it takes a minute to get used to a normal floor. The sound is not as heavy when you’re not a part of it.
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