Je ne rentrerai pas

2-Channel Video, 7 mins, Colour, English, 2011

An investigation into the different temporal modalities at work during moments of revolution: intensity, repetition, acceleration, stalling for time and the passing of a threshold, after which no return to a prior status quo is possible. In watching, manipulating, and stepping into the frame of a short film depicting the refusal of a woman to re-enter the factory at the end of a workers’ strike in 1968, I try to access my own experience of the end of the period of openness in East Germany in 1989/90.

What might it mean to relate different historical instances of revolution through the fictitious persona of this Me/Her across time, and can this process open a political space beyond retrospection and nostalgia, in the present day?