Burkhard von Harder at German historical museum Berlin

THE ZONE PROJECT
by BURKHARD VON HARDER

EXPERIMENTAL POETIC SINGLE SHOT DOCUMENTARY FILM PROJECT IN TWO PARTS

ZONE I : NARBE BERLIN | SCAR BERLIN, 78 min

ZONE II: NARBE DEUTSCHLAND | SCAR GERMANY, 967 min

BERLIN - 2009 (I) +++ BERLIN - 2010 (I) +++ BERLIN - 2010 (I) +++ NEW YORK - 2010 (I) +++ PARIS - 2012 (SEGM. II) +++ NEW YORK - 2013 (I) +++ BEIJING - 2014 (I) +++ BEIJING - 2014 (II) +++ ROTTERDAM - 2015 (I+II) +++ BERLIN - 2015 (I+II) +++ BARCELONA - 2015 (II) +++

Archive:

May 2015

NARBE DEUTSCHLAND | SCAR GERMANY as part of
LOOP FESTIVAL BARCELONA -
May 28 - June 6, 2015
Location: La Capella de Santa Àgata / Placa del Rei de Barcelona






For the first time in 70 years a larger art installation in Chapel of Santa Ágata (1302) at Placa del Rei in Barcelona
with the outstanding altarpiece by Jaume Huguet from the fifteenth century.


March 2015


DURATIONAL CINEMA:

NARBE DEUTSCHLAND and NARBE BERLIN as part of
MärzMusik Festival for Time Issues Berliner Festspiele:

THE LONG NOW @ KRAFTWERK BERLIN
3/28 - 3/29, 2015, get the programm [as pdf]



"The Long Now" ist ein Ort der andauernden Gegenwart, ein Raum, in dem sich Zeit selbst entfalten und das Zeitgefühl unbekannte Wege gehen und sich verlieren kann. - Berno Odo Polzer, Curator



29.03. | 04:00 - 20:00 | Floor 4
BURKHARD VON HARDER
NARBE DEUTSCHLAND | SCAR GERMANY (2009–2014)
Experimental Single Shot Documentary Film Project
Improvisationen:
Anna Clementi, Stimme | vocals
Ulrike Brand, Cello
Elena Kakaliagou, Horn
Hilary Jefferey, Posaune | trombone
Duration: 16 hours
29.03. | 18:30 - 20:00 | Floor 8
BURKHARD VON HARDER
NARBE BERLIN | SCAR BERLIN (2009)
Live Sound Performance by FM Einheit

Reviews:

The Long Now - Burkhard von Harder - Berliner Festspiele - Review Berliner Festspiele Blog Berliner Festspiele Blog: 30 Stunden JETZT [german]

The Long Now - Burkhard von Harder - Berliner Festspiele - Review Juno Plus - Berlin Atonal: The Long Now Juno PLUS: Berlin Atonal - The Long Now [english]

The Long Now - Burkhard von Harder - Berliner Festspiele - Review Night Out @ Berlin Night Out @ Berlin [german]

The Long Now - Burkhard von Harder - Berliner Festspiele - Review Der Freitag - Kultur Eine kurze Nacht im Kraftwerk [german]

The Long Now - Burkhard von Harder - Berliner Festspiele - Review Der Freitag - Kultur Magazin für elektronische Musik & Clubkultur: Review 'The Long Now' [german]

The Long Now - Burkhard von Harder - Berliner Festspiele - Review Gonzo - Kultur Muziek.Kunst.Meer[dutch]

The Long Now - Burkhard von Harder - Berliner Festspiele - Review Local Suicide - post reflections The long now at Berlin Kraftwerk post reflections [english]

The Long Now - Burkhard von Harder - Berliner Festspiele - Review Der Freitag - Kultur Review 'The Long Now' [english]

The Long Now - Burkhard von Harder - DJbroadcast Review 'The Long Now' [english]

The Long Now - Burkhard von Harder - Berliner Festspiele - Review Der Freitag - Kultur Bachtrack: Ort der andauernden Gegenwart [german]


3sat Kulturzeit | Märzmusik | Narbe Deutschland [28:30 ff]


- Feuilleton, March 23, 2015 | page 12:
'Party mit Hybriden - das Berliner Avantgarde-Festival März-Musik€œ geht neue Wege' [german | paid content]

The Long Now - Burkhard von Harder - Berliner Festspiele - Review Neue Musik Zeitung

Neue Musikzeitung online:
'MaerzMusik eröffnet mit „Liquid Room“ und gibt Freiheit über Raum und Zeit' [german]


January 2015:

IFFR 44th International Film Festival Rotterdam 1/21-2/1/2015

NARBE DEUTSCHLAND | SCAR GERMANY as part of the 24/7 Project | IFFR | International Film Festival Rotterdam

NARBE DEUTSCHLAND | SCAR GERMANY as part of SIGNALS: 24/7 | IFFR | International Film Festival Rotterdam:
NARBE DEUTSCHLAND and NARBE BERLIN in SIGNALS 24/7 - following Jonathan Crary's "24/7 - Late Capitalism and the Ends of Sleep"
NARBE DEUTSCHLAND 1/22-1/28 from 11am-11pm as hotel room installation at the Nhow Rotterdam
NARBE BERLIN: 1/23, 14:00, Lantaren Venster Cinema

NARBE DEUTSCHLAND | SCAR GERMANY as part of the 24/7 Project | IFFR | International Film Festival Rotterdam - cover daily tiger #6

DAILY TIGER #6
IFFR, Feb. 6, 2015,
Cover: NARBE DEUTSCHLAND,
Hotelsuite in Rem Kohlhaas' De Rotterdam

FILMKRANT #373, Festival Issue 2/2015

1/28/2015

January 04, 05 and 07, 2015:
NARBE DEUTSCHLAND footage in Tannbach Trilogy Trailer ('TANNBACH - Schicksal eines Dorfes'),
in german tv [ZDF; 20:15] - making-of as streaming video in the ZDF media library
Article Focus Magazine [german]

October 2014:

World Premiere - Part II:
NARBE DEUTSCHLAND | SCAR GERMANY, 967 min, 2014

Opening:

October 25, 2014, Beijing / China (10/25 - 12/7 2014)

BEING 3 Gallery -

No.3 Plastic Factory Cultural Park, 129# Nangao Rd., Chaoyang Dist., Beijing

Exhibition Preface [pdf | english]


'Strong work - congratulations!'

Ai Weiwei

'This movie is completely like poetry'

Li Xianting, Chinese Contemporary Art Critic, Initiator/Supporter/Promoter of contemporary Art in China following the Cultural Revolution and organizer of the Beijing Independent Film Festival

'An unbelievable project for peace got off the ground.'

Irms Duschl, Artist

'Breathtaking!'

Andrew Robb, Minister of Trade and Investment, Australia

'Das da bisher noch keiner drauf gekommen ist.'

Spiegel Magazin

'Freedom is the biggest good!'

Hans-Georg Lohe, Kulturdezernent der Stadt Duesseldorf

'A film for the 22nd century'

Chinese Buddhist Visitor





Reviews - NARBE DEUTSCHLAND | SCAR GERMANY:

Artron Net, Oct. 25, 2014: 'Scars of the past' [chinese / 中文]

Global Times of China, Oct. 21, 2014: 'Scars of the past' [english]

Wallpost, Oct. 25, 2014 [chinese / 中文]

DCW // Deutsch Chinesische Welt - page 9 [chinese / 中文]



Announcement of German Embassy Beijing
for Nov. 9th, 2014 in Commemoration of 25 years of the Fall of the Wall: [in German / 中文]

Invitation & Program of German Embassy Beijing
[pdf | german]


SCREENING DATES -
Part I: NARBE BERLIN | SCAR BERLIN

April 15 - 23, 2014:
Screening at Film Fest Week in Beijing - 20 Years of Beijing-Berlin City Partnership 2014

2013 & earlier:

August 2013:
Screening as part of the annual Open Day events of the Federal Ministery of Science and Education (Scharoun Saal), Berlin

November 2013:
Screening as part of the QUADflix Select program in Greenwich Village

October 3, 2009 – January, 2011:
Over 2000 screenings in the permanent exhibition (2100 years of German History), German Historical Museum (DHM), Berlin [50.000 visitors/month]

November 13, 2010:
Screening at Zero Film Festival, New York

August 21.- October 5, 2010:
Screening as part of the annual Open Day events of the Federal Ministery of Science and Education (Scharoun Saal), Berlin

Part I: NARBE BERLIN | SCAR BERLIN

Synopsis:

NARBE BERLIN | SCAR BERLIN: is a film dealing with the former division of the city of Berlin into East Berlin, the capital of the GDR, and West Berlin, a symbol for Western freedom of thought and movement. The Berlin Wall was carved into the landscape in 1961 and fell in a peaceful revolution in 1989. More than twenty years after the eradication of the German divide, The Scar features the total length of the approximately 160 km-long former Death-Strip isolating West Berlin within the East German State: this heavily guarded zone, between 70 and 500 meters wide, running the length of the Wall, reinforced the “antifascist protection bulwark”. Filmmaker and visual artist Burkhard von Harder has enlisted the aid of a helicopter and pilot to follow the precise course of the former dividing line. Starting and ending at Schönefeld airport, this real time film document shows the “Scar” still in the process of healing. The attempt to find the “path” is akin to the attempt to recall permanently the past as part of the struggle of contemporary German society to comprehend its history. The land itself carries invisible traces of what has been written on the ground. It is the retracing of the trace that is the intent of this film. By doing so, Burkhard von Harder seeks to create a meditation on the past and perform an act of cinematic healing.

conception, production, direction: Burkhard von Harder
photography: Evert Cloetens
editing: Alex Beyer
original soundtrack: FM Einheit
(add. compositions by Klaus Wiese (1942-2009)
consulting: Helen Adkins
helicopter operation: Air Service Berlin

78 Minutes, 2009

20 years after the Fall: mapping the entire 156 km of the remains of the former wall from above. Persisting uninterrupted aerial views of the snowcovered city on a grey day in January 2009.

original soundtrack:

FM Einheit

and

Klaus Wiese

reduxed 2013: letterboxed with subtitles [english / chinese / 中文]

(full image revealed by downscrolling)

Trailer @ vimeo

Slideshow





Reviews : NARBE BERLIN | SCAR BERLIN:

Tom Doody - Blog, Nov. 28, 2013 :'Twisted Practice'

The Hollywood Reporter, Nov. 22, 2013: 'Numbing art project'

The New York Times, Nov. 21, 2013: 'Extravagant Gesture'

The Village Voice, Nov. 20, 2013: 'Bold mission'

La Repubblica Firenze, Oct. 4, 2013 'Un Omaggio alla Citta'

Lotterliebe, Berlin Blog, Feb. 8, 2013 'Fascinating Film'


Write a review at Metacritic.com


Part II: NARBE DEUTSCHLAND | SCAR GERMANY

Synopsis:

As part of the Iron Curtain that ran from the Black Sea to Finland with an overall length of approx. 8500 km, the inner german border was splitting the country itself.
The camera is following this line as close as possible, sometimes getting lost. The aim is to produce one single uninterrupted movement - in its entire length the film may have as few as 50 cuts (alone due to the need of refueling the helicopter).
Slowly the camera follows the line below through the four seasons in the course of more than three years: what appeared to be a line proofs to be a cycle that morphs into a spiral, indicating change.
Slow film - slow music:
Important to the integrity of the work is its mesmerizing soundtrack, matching 16 hours of constant image flow with 16 hours of drone music, composed and performed by the late Klaus Wiese (1942-2009). A brief historic voice recording by Otto von Bismarck is referencing the time span of a 100 years (1889-1989), setting the tone, other than that the installation is envisioned as empty canvas the viewer is invited to fill him/herself.

NARBE DEUTSCHLAND | SCAR GERMANY, 967 minutes, 2009-2014

A 16 hour journey through the physical landscape and ideological boundary that once divided the world, mapping the complete length of the former Iron Curtain (1378 km) - a visual and transforming journey that in its best moments can remind you of a Barnett Newman painting in motion - continous 16 hour soundtrack by Klaus Wiese (1942-2009)

with funding by Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg


View the trailer in the background by downscrolling or at vimeo:

Trailer

Narbe II (100 minutes version)

First segments of NARBE DEUTSCHLAND were screened at Palais de Tokyo in 2012 during Les Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid and in Jinan, China in 2013.

The world premiere took place in october 2014 in Beijing / China.

Screening dates & reviews




NARBE BERLIN | SCAR BERLIN to buy:


NARBE BERLIN | SCAR BERLIN


Streaming Video [Original version] at:
Burkhard von Harder - die Narbe the Scar - Realeyz - streaming video


as Blue-ray [english / chinese / 中文 subtitles ] / revised edition @:

and
as DVD (without subtitles) @:


Panoramapunkt, Potsdamer Platz 1, Berlin [ panoramapunkt.de ]