Der Palast

The changes in the center of Berlin since the fall of the Wall are well known: abandonded buildings were occupied and used for interventions, the city turned into a melting pot for creative and partying people. However, this process of gentrification seems to be accompanied by an increasingly cultural trivialization which seems to suit the taste of a global, well-situated middle class. DER PALAST addresses this topic by focussing on the space´s architecture and by giving more visibility to past, present and future of the city and its inhabitants. Point of departure are the portraits of the british photographer Tom Hunter, whose work evolves around social issues and the restaging in the style of the Old Masters. In DER PALAST, these pictures – a series of photographs taken in Berlin about neighborhoods that are changing, shops that are closing, people who are being evicted – create new narratives between fiction and reality. As a counterpart to the architecture stands the worldwide existing format of reality TV shows. Here, not only the jurors are reproduced continuously, but also the set design and the participants. In this global cultural context, we do not need to understand the language to know exactly what is going on and which characters are being represented. In the frame of the reality show, special guests will be invited. The soundtrack is by Robert Lippok and a live band.

Duration: aprox. 100 min.

A production by Constanza Macras | DorkyPark in coproduction with Volksbühne Berlin. Constanza Macras | DorkyPark is supported by Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa.