I bought a Falk Berlin map in autumn 2005. I'm interested in maps as definitions for different locations and nations but also as economical and political playground. I studied the map and noticed a field close to Hönow village. There was an arrow pointing to the field and on the other end of the arrow was a text MEGA. I was confused. What would Mega mean?

I decided to travel to Mega. And in fact, the place was exactly as visualised on the map: there was nothing but field. After the travel, I wrote to Falk maps and asked what Mega meant to them. Falk researcher Wolfgang Schneider kindly answered me. He told Mega is a mistake and probably some sort of "commercial remark accidentally placed wrongly in the map". I would think that Falk people were a little bit upset about making this mistake: the whole area where Mega is situated was removed from the next map edition in 2007.

Mega is not a mistake for me. It has started to have its own life – from immaterial to a location with history, social function and cultural life. I have also started to visit other Megas, "commercial remarks" as I imagine them to be. To me, these locations often symbolise global citizenship of consuming. Mega in the field is not necessarily an opposite phenomena for these other locations, but it is still a loophole in the system, a breather or a side step in the urban development.

Maps, nations and national identities have imagined premiss as Benedict Anderson also states (Imagined Communities, 2006). It doesn't mean that they are false or artificial by any means, but they are big part of global politics. A very good example is the two passport queues at airports: one for EU citizens and one for the little bit more dubious ones. Borders are quite artificial. The culture doesn't change either side of the border when a line is drawn in the map with a ruler. Maybe it is naive, but I still wonder: who has a right to own land?

Mysterious Mega from mkk on Vimeo.