The video installation Memory is Not About the Past aims to understand how former East Germany is remembered today in accordance with the general national historic discourse. The installation focuses on members of the Third Generation East, meaning individuals born in the GDR between 1975 and 1985, who experienced the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 as a child or young adolescent. The field of research is the city of Berlin and all its former East German districts. The intent of this ethnographic encounter is not to solely observe and conduct interviews, but also to stage encounters with the participants in order to access the different layers of memory and perception.
This project was funded by a grant from the Freie Universität Film and Media Fund.
The installation was part of the graduate exhibition “Spaces of Perception” at Ritter Butzke in Berlin Kreuzberg in October 2016. Visual and Media Anthropology (M.A.) 2016. Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology. Department of Political and Social Science. Freie Universität Berlin
Developed with the help and stories of
Dinah Wilde and family | Djamila Grossmann and family | Jana Grohs | Kay Kowarsch and family | Katrin Lück and family | Mike Schade | Nico Polensky | Stefan Rink and family | Steffie Hemberger and family
Animation Marc Jungreithmeier | Sound Design Khalil Chahine | Programming Julia Rieckmann | Subtitles Katrin Bahr | Print Media Consulting Justyna Kempka | Helping Hands Nicole Goltze, Jóhanna Björk Sveinbjörndóttir