A derelict American counter-espionage listening station deep in Grunewald Forest, in the former West Berlin. A relentlessly panning camera screens the landscape around Teufelsberg, an artificial hill built with the rubble of a city destroyed by World War II.
BERG investigates a historical site through an alternate shift between documentary and fictional representation.
Sound samples from mainstream Spy Movies overlaps a carefully edited selection of documentary shots, inspired by the most repetitive cinematic cliches to be found in the espionage genre. As the video unfolds and the continuity between visuals and sound breaks down, it becomes clearer that the voiceover belongs to a fictional past whilst the location, NSA Station Teufelsberg is depicted in its current state of abandonment.
Selected exhibitions and screenings
2013 / Celeste Art Prize / Shortlisted
2016 / Cinetekton - Festival Internacional de Cine y Arquitectura - Mexico
2015 / ALCHEMY / Artist Film and Moving Image Festival / Hawick / UK
2014 / DocAlliance Filmchannel - Online Distribution
2014 / PROYECTOR VIDEO FESTIVAL / Madrid / ES
2014 / SoutHeritage Foundation for Contemporary Art / IT / curated by Lucia Ghidoni
2013 / CELESTE ART PRIZE / Ex Biblis Contemporary Art / Rome / IT
Curated by Ami Barak
2013 / RENCONTRES INTERNATIONALES 2013 / New Cinema and Contemporary Art
/ Haus der Kulturen der Welt / Berlin / DE
2013 / SCOPE SESSIONS Artist Talks and Media Salon / Panke e.V / Berlin / DE
2013 / CINESONIKA / FESTIVAL AND CONFERENCE ON SOUND STUDIES / NERVE ART CENTRE / NORTHERN IRELAND and Simon Fraser University / Vancouver / CA
2013 / ZOOM INTERNATIONAL SHORTFILM FESTIVAL / PL
2013 / THE SALON OF LIGHT AND SHADOW / The Horse Hospital / London / UK
2013 / 700IS REINDEERLAND FESTIVAL for EXPERIMENTAL FILM / Nordic House / Reykjavik / ICELAND
2012 / RENCONTRES INTERNATIONALES 2012 / Palais de Tokyo / Paris / FR curated by Natalie Heron
2012 / FULLFRAME KUNSTFILMFESTIVAL / MUSEUM FÜR MODERNE KUNST KINO - Vienna / AUSTRIA curated by Wiktoria Petzel