FIRE: Safe and Sound, a booklet of essays, is one of the outcomes of Alona Rodeh’s artist residency at the Berlin Fire Brigade. Interested in the role firefighting plays in the city’s day-to-day emergencies, for nine months Rodeh joined the fire brigade on their 24-hour shifts.
The publication includes four new essays by professionals who tackle the subject of urban fire from different perspectives. They are Thöre Schröder, a journalist, Gilly Karjevsky, a curator working in the built environment, Kristen McCleary, a professor of history, and Bruce Hensler, a retired firefighter with 41 years of experience. An additional essay is Ulrike Meinhof’s “Setting Fire To Department Stores” (1969). The booklet’s epilog is a photo essay compiled from the archives of the Berlin Fire Brigade: documentations of self-caused accidents of Berlin fire engines.
FIRE: Safe & Sound is published by ZK/U Press, Berlin. Conceptually, it follows Rodeh's Safe and Sound Deluxe Edition, published in 2015 by the Green Box, Berlin and also carefully designed by Rachel Kinrot. It was made possible with the support of ZK/U - Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik, the initiators of the Artist Dis-Placement Residency at the fire brigade in the framework of the Artecitya project, co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union, the Berlin Fire Brigade and the Berlin Senat Department of Culture and Europe.
Published by ZK/U press, Berlin, Siemenstr. 27, 10551 Berlin
Print: Europrint Medien GmbH, Berlin
Editor: Alona Rodeh
Authors: Gilly Karjevsky, Thore Schröder, Kristen McCleary, Bruce Henslerand, Ulrike Meinhof. All rights reserved to the writers.
Copy editing English: Faith Ann Gibson, Translation English – German: Angela Selter
Photos: Martin Langer, Matthew Pillsbury, Berliner Feuerwehr Archiv, The Cameron Todd Willingham Family Archive. All rights reserved
Graphic design: Rachel Kinrot