Matthias Einhoff – Brache Berlin

Bestandaufnahme exhibition series, November, 2006

In short sequences a camera moves across streets and wasteland. The seemingly unspectacular location is documented with spectacular camera shots. The urban wasteland is part of what was formerly the 'Mauerstreifen', the military zone within the Berlin Wall. Located between social housing, offices and the federal mint, it gives the impression of an unused, abandoned space. Over the years, the site has often changed its appearance: from being an urban center in the 1920-ties, to becoming the 'Mauerstreifen', to its use as ground for speculative real estate. The invisible historical and social layers of the site are visualized by the dynamic camera shots. The metonymy utilizes known techniques used in emotional overloaded news trailers, blockbuster movies and tv show openers.