2009 version: 12 minute video with sound, collaboration with Sara Hornbacher, original version also with Kenneth Knoesbel
En Transit is a collaborative media work originally created for a site-specific installation environment in conjunction with the colloquium "Architecture and the Technological Unconscious" sponsored jointly by Ecole Nationale Supériure d’Architecture de Paris La Villette and the Georgia Institute of Technology, College of Architecture, held in Paris 14-16 November 2007.
En Transit uses Walter Ruttman’s 1927 film, “Berlin
: Symphony of a Great City” as a scrim through which to explore
the space of cities and a reflection on the life of German Philosopher
and Media theoretician Walter Benjamin (1891-1940). As a Jewish citizen,
Benjamin had to leave Germany and settled in Paris. The words of Benjamin
appear and disappear and remind us of his connection with Berlin and Paris
and his writings on architecture. Ruttman’s film reveals a lost Berlin,
an architecture that will be destroyed not much later by the Nazis’ plans
for a world capital and the bombing raids of World War II.
Layer by layer, we participate in a Trauerarbeit (process of grieving) that links to the archeology of cities and refigures our experience of space and recollection.
The new short version of En Transit is a 12 min. re-edited version of the 35 min. long version. For the music, we selected “Symphony No. 4 “Heroes”: V. Neukoln (A quarter in Berlin), adapted and performed form a work by David Bowie by Philip Glass in Berlin in 2006 with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Marin Alsop.