in Schaubühne Lindenfels
in the Green Salon:
THE EFFECT OF CANNONRY ON THUNDERCLOUDS
Germany 2017, D: Stefanie Schroeder, Juliane Jaschnow, ’30, DCP
Waves, storms and tornadoes are heading for Germany – everybody knows this, the weather forecasters, YouTube and games developers. The climate scenario becomes a lot of hot air, data sloshing everywhere, shitstorms or floods of refugees. Language, metaphors and images are instruments of control. They are used to dispel – and instill – fear. How does the image function as a document, as fiction, trophy, counterattack? How close are manipulation and prediction? Is the weather still real?
Germany 2018, D: Marie Wilke, 92′, DCP
The guided tours in the Reichstag building are well attended; there’s lots of laughter at the simulated vote on a bill. At the Bundestag’s “Infomobile” in Dresden, a citizen complains that the government is out of touch with the people. SPD parliamentarians attend a workshop to practise strategies for dealing with right-wing populist topics. A crowd chants: close the borders! Journalists from the taz and Bild-Zeitung newspapers discuss the issues of the day. An editorial team from TV station MDR produces a report entitled “Attack on Democracy – the New Right.” Calmly and soberly, Aggregat collects astutely observed and carefully arranged scenes from the daily life of media and politics in contemporary Germany. The camera always keeps its focus, the montage makes use of hard cuts and cuts to black. The unconnected fragments show situations without comment relating to how politics is mediated or society discussed. The role of the media as the fourth estate comes in for scrutiny, as do the criteria which shape coverage. And another impression left by the film is the sheer amount of painstaking work needed to preserve the grand idea of democracy.
In the presence of Juliane Jaschnow and Stefanie Schroeder (Directors: DIE WIRKUNG DES GESCHÜTZES AUF GEWITTERWOLKEN) and Alexander Gheorghiu (Cinematography: AGGREGAT)