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Daniel theiler
Top Down Memory
Film expérimental | 4k | couleur | 12'20'' | Allemagne | 2020
The work deals with the manipulation of history in the context of the reconstruction of the Berlin Palace (“Humboldtforum”). Starting from the confusions surrounding an alledged proclamation of a socialist republic from one of its balconies in 1918, the film examines other political events that occurred on balconies. Reenactments of iconic political and cultural events on the original balcony raise questions about authenticity and manipulation. Who is writing our history? How do we deal with our past? How does collective memory work? The balcony is the central motive of the work, representing hierarchies and power politics.
Daniel Theiler is a German-Turkish visual artist, filmmaker and architect. He graduated as Meisterschüler of Nina Fischer in Art and Media at UdK Berlin. Studies of art at Bauhaus University Weimar under Danica Daki? and at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (MFA), and architecture at TU Berlin, ETH Zurich, and the University of Strathclyde Glasgow (Dipl.-Ing.). Daniel Theiler works with a variety of media ranging from video, photography and sculpture to public interventions. In his works, he examines the gaps between utopia and reality by challenging conventions and questioning the usual. Theiler lives and works in Berlin.