December 04 05 06
In German spoken and sign language (DGS)
As a musical-performative silent film theater, Johannes Müller/Philine Rinnert listen to historical sites on the outskirts of Berlin and their history, which still echo today.
The starting point of Nothing will be archived oder Die Herrin der Welt is the forgotten film city of Woltersdorf. It was here in 1920 that director and producer Joe May shot the eight-part monumental film series Die Herrin der Welt (The Mistress of the World), the most expensive German film production to date and one of the first major series – a genre that continues to shape cinema today. In the remains of the film city, sediments of German history lie on top of and next to each other: colonial history can be read from them just as much as the history of the Weimar Republic and the rise of National Socialism, which finally forced Joe May to leave Germany. The layers overlap and overwrite each other again and again through the various political systems.
In an impossible cinematic research on the periphery of Berlin, Johannes Müller, Philine Rinnert and filmmaker Manuel Kinzer search for the remains of this lost cinematic history and place them in a context with other (political) spectacles staged in locations close to Berlin. In collaboration with composer Paul Frick – a member of the techno formation Brandt Brauer Frick – and an ensemble of performers and instrumentalists, they combine the resulting visual material to create a silent movie theater about the scenes of German history. Are the relics we see and hear really gone?
The film lasts 60 minutes and uses German spoken and sign language. It includes some very loud (techno) music. The video stream is as relaxed as your home environment: Make yourself comfortable and adjust the volume and brightness on your computer according to your wishes. If you want, you can pause the video at any time and continue playing. If you have any questions or need further information, please contact Gina Jeske at email@example.com or 030 27 89 00 35.
JOHANNES MÜLLER / PHILINE RINNERT develop music theater hybrids that focus on the past of opera, its effects and techniques, but which are also an archeology of the present, of entertainment and queer culture. Their work Reading Salomé was awarded the jury prize at the 2016 Favoriten Festival. In 2019 they were invited to the Impulse Theater Festival with White Limozeen. www.johannesmueller.eu | www.philinerinnert.de
CONCEPT, DIRECTION Johannes Müller, Philine Rinnert WITH Hauke Heumann, Steve Stymest u.a. COMPOSITION Paul Frick CAMERA, CUT Manuel Kinzer PRODUCTION ehrliche Arbeit - freies Kulturbüro
A production by Johannes Müller / Philine Rinnert in co-production with SOPHIENSÆLE. Funded by the Senate Chancellery for Culture and Europe and the Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media. Media partner: taz. die tageszeitung