The atmosphere in this former Communist Plattenbau area (blocks of pre-fab high-rise buildings), built in the 1970s in East Germany, was sinister, but it gave him the solitude to refine his work in a private space. Some of the dark undertones of that time have become engrained into his artistic practice.
Around the same time the film was made, the right-wing extremist terror group National Socialist Underground (NSU) formed in the district, opening one of the darkest chapters in recent German history, involving the resurgence of neo-Nazi terror groups and the targeting of Turkish-German citizens for murder.
Between 2000 and 2007 the NSU killed 10 people all over Germany, resulting in a long trial with suspicions of state complicity and xenophobic police bias. Some of the high contrasts in human behaviour revealed by the post-East German context of Winzerla – utopia, decay, loss, silence, freedom, violence – continue to mark Seidel’s identity and art.
Experimental Film (Fragment), D 2005, 1:37 min
Film + Music: Robert Seidel
Full HD, color, 16:9 (letterboxed)
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