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Architecture on Film: Berlinmuren + Rabbit à la Berlin (#)

Borders and Boundaries

Woman dressed in white crouching next to the berlin wall

In commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, two idiosyncratic films present two of its more unusual stories.

In 1979 Swedish woman Eija Riitta consolidated her lengthy love affair with the Berlin Wall by marrying it. In artist Lars Laumann’s film, ‘objectum-sexual’ identifying Eija narrates her romance and union with the wall; a love story transcending distances, age, politics and conventions.

Rabbit à la Berlin shows a very different side to the wall’s rise and fall, from the perspective of the many thousands of rabbits that comfortably called its Death Zone home. As barbed wire turns to concrete, and strangely behaving humans erect lengthy structures of unknown purpose, a paradisiacal ‘rabbitland’ temporarily flourishes in the ‘meadows’, before the rabbits are forced to adjust to a very different way of life.

Curated by the Architecture Foundation

Berlinmuren (2008 Dir Lars Laumann 24 min)
Rabbit à la Berlin (Poland/Germany 2009 Dirs Bartek Konopka, Piotr Rosołowski 50 min)


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