Some footage was shot by Heise himself, some was found. He describes them as fragments that “besiege his head”, that matter to him and which are a testimony to a none-too-distant part of German history. Rather than constructing a chronology, Heise presents this history as a dense cluster of residual images or material that remain in motion, always reassembling, never complete. Heise’s approach echoes that of The Absent Museum, a proposal for a museum that seeks to depart from a fixed and outdated institutional panorama, to include a variety of voices and present an archaeology of a shared European history.
Screening of Material (2010) by Thomas Heise (166 min) followed by a discussion with the artist and Cristina Nord (Goethe-Institut Brussels) (discussion in German, translated to English).
In German, translated to English
Supported by the Goethe-Institut Brussels