Module 002 / Restraum

Meggie Schneider &

Making use of the shot / reverse-shot as a narrative technique, Meggie Schneider builds up an impression of an area in the center of Berlin framed by two 'P2' prefabricated houses, showing its architecture, the design of the squares and the goings-on in and around them. The public space in front of the prefabricated buildings is shown from different angles.

First of all, from the private apartments, from the resident’s perspective. Music drifts from the apartments into the outside world and noises from the street filter in. In the 1970s the apartments were allocated to workers and academics. The higher the reputation of the prospective tenant, the higher up the building was the allocated apartment. From the opposite angle, the square is shown from the apartments opposite. Sometimes the perspective is directed upwards, sometimes directly towards the building showing a detail of the façade. Some shots are also taken at ground level, again both from perspective and counterperspective.

Following the course of different times of the day and using changes of perspective, the spectator gets an insight into the urban dialogue of the interior and exterior world, the nearness and the distance, the inhabitants and the passers-by. (Kathrin Michel)

About the video

Title Module 002 / Restraum
Year 2010
Videonale VIDEONALE.13
Length 00:19:00
Format 4:3
Country Germany,
Language No dialog
Courtesy the artist
Specifications color, sound, single-channel video

About the artist

Meggie Schneider
  • 1963 in Cologne, GER.
    Studied at the Akademie voor Beeldende Kunst, Enschede, NED, at the Université de Montréal, CAN, and at the University of Fine Arts Berlin, GER