The Wall – The Vertical Horizon

Rotraut Pape: The Wall – The Vertical Horizon

Walking through time with a camera. From Köpenicker Straße in Berlin-Kreuzberg to behind the Reichstag: November 1989, February 1990, August 1990, November 1990. Only one week after the Berlin Wall was opened, its disappearance was foreseeable. So on November 17, 1989, I walked along it with a camera. The route begins in Köpenicker Strasse in Kreuzberg and follows the wall which was covered by murals all the way to its upper edge. The wall lined various streets right next to their sidewalks. All crossroads had become dead ends back in 1961. A few months later, I walked along this road a second time, my camera eye firmly kept on the wall and on what it concealed. Then again in summer and a fourth time in November 1990, exactly one year later. With its four eyes, the camera follows the wall and its traces through time, documenting the wall’s disappearance and the hopefully positive horizons that emerge on both sides.

(c) Rotraut Pape: Die Mauer – Der Vertikale Horizont


Video on Beta SP

Director: Rotraut Pape

Duration: 110 min

Years: 1989-2017

Place: Berlin

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B3 BEN Rotraut Pape Inspiration Award

In memoriam of Rotraut Pape...

For the first time, B3 honors the work and legacy of Rotraut Pape, who passed away in April 2019, with the Rotraut Pape Inspiration Award.Together with Bernd Kracke, this outstanding artist and filmmaker conceived and founded the B3 Biennial of the Moving Image in 2012. As a lecturer at the Hochschule für Gestaltung Offenbach, she strongly influenced young film makers and media professionals. Her passion for the moving image in all its forms, and her interest in new developments such as immersion and interaction, will continue to inspire artists worldwide through this B3 BEN.

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