October & November 2021
in the frame of „RE-TURN. Skulpturenpark Berlin_Zentrum“ by KUNSTrePUBLIK & ZK/U
3,000 people live in a new neighbourhood right next to the historic middle of Berlin. In apartment houses built by investors on the former strip of the wall. IT experts from India & Vietnam, online security specialists from Poland, embassy staff from Brazil, the professional soccer player, the opera singer, next to pensioners & the restaurant operators who fill the neighborhood with life, at least during the day.
For IMITATION OF LIFE : remake berlin we stage with them the shooting of a scene from Douglas Sirk’s eponymous film from 1959. This last melodrama, which the German emigrant shot in Hollywood, negotiates upward mobility and family relationships as effects of economy & racism. Or as Rainer Werner Fassbinder said: “A great, mad film of life and death!”