Dear Malvina, Gabrielle, Kayoko, Birgit and Derek,
For my first project to be critiqued by the group I am sending you a video that I have started to put together. The video is 19:07 minutes long. I am some days early with sending it out.
That I am experimenting with video instead of creating the sound piece I was talking about during residency in Berlin, I have discussed this with my advisor. Images are even better than sound alone….
What I am doing here
Is to juxtapose experiences of the Holocaust to current events: Nazis and extreme right wing people in Germany protesting against accepting refugees of Germany. Show the situation in Syria. So I want to show newly arisen hate against foreigners, this time against muslims in Germany and weave images and voices from our German Nazi past into those current experiences. I am also weaving in an interview I had done with a refugee from Syria and am talking about his terrible family situation. Due to those new right wing extremists coming up in Germany, the authorities changed the law last year and it is not possible anymore for war refugees from Syria to bring their families. The two poems I am reading (in German) are reflecting on war and on the Holocaust.
Material I have been working with:
- I did an interview Fareed Abd Albaki, Refugee from Homs, Syria, in Berlin 2016
- I did an interview with Dr. Peter Gary, Holocaust survivor, 1923-2016, you hear his voice in the film
In between you hear the voice of Adolf Hitler, I am playing excerpts of his infamous ‘prophecy’ speech from January 1939 in which he openly announced that the Jewry of Europe will eventually be destroyed. (this is interesting because so many Germans after the war said they had no clue what was going on in the camps and didn’t know where Jewish people were taken).
The first setting is the destroyed city of Homs in Syria, which I am juxtaposing to a sound piece I created. I am reciting the poem Todesfuge (death fugue) by Holocaust survivor Paul Celan. In the poem which is full of metaphors, he describes life in a concentration camp in the face of death. The sound piece is a collaboration with NY composer Concetta Abbate.
The next scene is at the closed border of Macedonia in the spring 2016 where solders are shooting at refugees. The rest of the film so far is, I think, self explanatory…..
I have put this slowly together during the last two months, it has been an incredible amount of work. Especially editing the interviews, finding tv material and editing it, doing research and putting in the subtitles, editing sound and putting it together with film,etc etc
Now I need to go to the studio and paint, paint, paint…..
Please give me your honest feedback. Also if you find mistakes in the subtitles (which I did during the past three nights) please let me know. It is easiest when you mention the minutes and second of the part you are commenting on.
First I thought it was way too long, but then I want all the pieces that I have collected there, thus it will just be a very long piece of work……
If you would like to take a look at the other work I have done during the past 6 to 8 weeks, please be so kind and go to my blog OCTOBER 15. Any feedback you have to my paintings/the
i-movie piece about Berlin/ the foto series about genocide/feedback to sound piece etc etc would be more than welcome.
So here is the piece, you know the password…..
It is important that you watch it in the biggest possible format, if you can listen to it via a headset, it would be even better……..that would be the setting like in a gallery…..
No worries if you don’t have the time to engage with a 19 minutes piece at this point. I would just ask you to watch it in one piece please.
Thank you so much, I appreciate your feedback so much.
Hugs to all and see you in 2.5 months in NYC!!