This film is based on a Whats-App conversation with a man who spent nearly seven years in prison. It is enacted by real-life gatekeepers and security guards whose regular job is to ensure that nothing out of the ordinary happens. Practically they guard doors and the matching keys. While sitting alone in their booths they watch and oversee while being under surveillance themselves. While at work those men are being confronted with stories from an imprisonment that is not their own. Their everyday work serves as a backdrop for these stories. As a consequence those situations call for new interpretations like the mentioned analogy between a porter’s lodge and a prison cell, the everyday work being an extreme situation or the improvised city. However, the question arises to what extent we - the seemingly free people – are actually at liberty in our overpopulated metropolises that are habitually monitored. Being the narrative and memory of a single man initially, this personal story subsequently fans out to be shared by many. Those various recollections put together create a multi-perspective web. The illusion of a collective remembrance arises: the utopia of a shared memory.
a true story
Installation with cubicle made of steel, sheet metal and fiber glass (192 x 160 x 106 cm),
video (24:15 min), London/Berlin, 2018