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[Nettime-nl] Dinsdag 6 mei: Dora Garcia, Artist talk en vertoning Zimmer, Gespräche

Dora Garcia

Artist talk en vertoning van Zimmer, Gespräche, 2006, een project rond 
de audio-visuele archieven van de GDR politie of Stasi.

Dinsdag 6 mei
Nederlands Instituut voor Mediakunst

Zimmer, Gespräche (Rooms, conversations), 2006, 28'20'
The encounter in a Leipzig apartment between a Stasi officer and a 
civilian informant is the chosen setting for Zimmer, Gespräche ('Rooms, 
conversations'). The Stasi was the all-powerful East-German political 
police until the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989. However, neither the 
Stasi nor the city of Leipzig are ever mentioned explicitly. The video 
is thus set in an undetermined time and space, only discernible through 
the accent of the actors, the clothes they wear, the furniture and the 
architectural backdrop. Constructing a realist scene or reconstructing a 
historical situation is not Dora García's intention, and Rooms, 
conversations is neither a documentary nor a documentary fiction. What 
García seeks is to use the parameters of a given historical situation in 
order to communicate abstract notions such as fear, control, authority, 
dependency, obedience, absurdity, and power. All notions that are 
closely connected to issues of secrecy, archiving, the community, or the 
codes of human behaviour: recurring themes in the work of the Spanish 

Written and directed by Dora García
Original language: German
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, and Dutch

The video was shot in the spring of 2006 in one of the most 
representative social housing projects of the 80's in Leipzig, the 
Grünau neighbourhood. The script is based on the research the artist 
carried out for over a year on the photo, video and audio archives of 
the Stasi in the Leipzig and Berlin headquarters, now managed by the 
BStU (

Aanvang 20.30 uur
Entree 3,50 (2,50 studenten)
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