Interested in the role firefighting plays in the city’s day-to-day emergencies, for a period of nine months Alona Rodeh joined the fire brigade on their 24-hour shifts as an artist in residence. Performed by individual members of the Berlin Fire Brigade, the short film is a non-narrative and somewhat abstract visual collage of portraits of firefighters and their gear in action. Some scenes are based on reality, while others are closer to the surreal, shedding light on the stylized nature of the work, which includes long periods of anticipation and non-doing.
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The project was made possible by ZK/U - Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik, the initiators of the Artist Dis-Placement Residency in the framework of the Artecitya project. Co-funded by the Creative Europe Programm of the European Union, the Berlin Senate Department of Culture and Europe and the Israel Lottery Council for Culture and Arts.
Director of photography and lighting: Itai Vinograd; lighting assistant: Stefan Blahut; Sound and image editor: Daphna Keenan; Music samples: Buddy Rich’s “Caravan,” 1961; Pyrotechnics: Steffen Hänel, the Berlin Fire Brigade; Lighting equipment: Electric-Sun Film Service; Color grading: Aviv Kosloff
Written, produced and directed by Alona Rodeh
With, in order of appearance: Olov Ludwig, Chris Wenzel, Christian Sonnenburg, Eric Ihlenfeld, Fabian Goldmann, Florian Kranawetter, Frank Buddrus, “Gino”. Shot in Friedrichshain, Wedding, Kreuzberg and Charlottenburg-Nord Fire Stations.