Fever. 7 mins film documenting Anamnesia, light installation
An/Amnesia, Daniel Wessolek/Lisa Glauer "Strahlenhörsaal“ (former women’s clinic) Alexanderufer/ Invalidenstrasse, Berlin Nov 4-9 2016, 6pm to midnight - in collaboration with GedenkOrt, Charité Sequences of light and dark based on biometric data from a temperature chart from the Thirties
FEVER An/Amnesia Light installation in the „Strahlenhörsaal“ (former women’s clinic) corner of Alexanderufer and Invalidenstrasse, Berlin Nov 4-9 2016, 6pm to midnight Sequences of light and dark based on biometric data from a temperature chart from the Thirties “Our starting point is not the individual, and we do not subscribe to the view that one should feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, or clothe the naked”-- Joseph Goebbels, Minister of Propaganda, September 1938 ====================================== “Nov. 9 1938 ‘Reichskristallnacht’ Starting Signal for Systematic Terror… Nazi-henchmen in all of Germany attacked Jewish businesses and synagogues.” (Headline, Nov. 11. 2008, Spiegel. Klaus Wiegrefe.) “At Buchenwald subjects were infected with spotted fever virus to test the effectiveness of anti-viral vaccines…25 percent were infected without inoculation, resulting in a near 90 percent mortality rate.” (Jewish Virtual Library, Spotted Fever (Fleckfieber) Experiments) “On the 18th of January, concentration camp prisoners were forced to remove all health information and temperature charts from the hospital. These were burnt together with the information of the inmates…supervised by the SS.” (Tagesspiegel, 26. 01. 2015. Befreiung von Ausschwitz. Tag der Befreiung. Ernst Piper.) 1945 The ‘pavilion’ of the women’s clinic remains intact after bombing. 1949-1989 Two commemorative systems develop on either side of the iron curtain during the Cold War East Germany “saw itself as rising out of a culture of socialist/communist resistance fighters.” (Virtual Traumascapes: The Commemoration of Nazi ‘Children’s Euthanasia’ Online and On Site. Lutz Kaelber, 2010) West Germany saw itself as “liberated by the Allies from ...itself, in Nazi guise.” (Henry Pickford, The Sense of Semblance, 2013) 1951 Reconstruction of the pavilion as the ‘Strahlenhörsaal’ lecture hall for radiation therapy (East Germany) 1961 “East German Troops seal border with West Berlin to block refugee escape.” (Headline, NYT. Aug. 1961) The Strahlenhörsaal next to the border is entombed in concrete. Nov. 9 1989 DPA at 7.41 p.m.: “The GDR border … is open.” As divided memory regimes merge, the interconnectivities between Anti-Semitism, the Holocaust and genocidal German colonialism remain under-explored; a destructive fear of contamination, (im)purity and racial hygiene historically connected to medical science. The former women’s clinic close to the former border remains unused.
Film concept: Lisa Glauer Editorial concept, translation of biometrical data Nina Lundström Light Installation AnAmnesia Lisa Glauer and Daniel Wessolek Film and Sound Mario Asef Co-funded by Einstein Foundation Berlin and the GedenkOrt.Charité.de Realized with the support of the Graduate School at the Berlin University of the Arts.