Pankow Colourtest (Die Rote Fahne, III)

Video /Installation, HDV, Colour, 14 mins

The video is a response to a historical relay-run of art students carrying a red flag through West-Berlin in 1968 (filmed by Gerd Conradt), and its 2002 artistic re-enactment in Stockholm by one of the original protagonists’ son, Felix Gmelin. I reflect on what it might mean for me, as an artist who grew up in the Eastern Bloc, to re-enact the run for a third time, in the Pankow neighbourhood of Berlin. While stitching up and preparing the red flag that I might use and walking along the potential route in the area which is famous as the home of the former East German party and cultural elites, I struggle to decide whether or not I should re-stage the run here…