Video installation 29 Aug – 1 Nov 2020

Wiepersdorf between War and Peace

75 years after the Second World War, the Brandenburg documentary film director Sebastian Eschenbach devotes himself to the history of Wiepersdorf and its castle in Lower Fläming.

Inspired by the palimpsest, a manuscript page or roll from classical antiquity, he looks at the events: once a manor house, a castle, then war, then under Soviet command, then nationalized and the land segmented. After the war, the castle is turned into a writers' residence by the GDR. The intellectual elite of the socialist country thinks, discusses, dreams, and writes in Wiepersdorf. The GDR falls apart, Wiepersdorf lives on, the old is deleted, overwritten, reinterpreted. However, the former thoughts have inscribed themselves into the village, its inhabitants, the castle, the walls and floors, the ceilings, doors and furniture. The video installation aims to make the different layers of history visible, especially the times of upheaval, and to examine how these upheavals have determined life in Wiepersdorf and the neighboring villages up to the present day. Protagonists are contemporary witnesses, inhabitants of the village of Wiepersdorf and the surrounding villages, members of the von Arnim family and writers.

These stories and traces move through time and place, overlap, complement and contradict each other. Visitors are invited to move through the spaces in between the installation, to change positions, explore positions and remember their own stories.

A film by Sebastian Eschenbach, Britta von der Behrens, and Thomas Malz. A production of the Cultural Foundation Schloss Wiepersdorf

The video installation is on display at Schloss Wiepersdorf from 29 August to 1 November 2020. Open on Saturdays and Sundays between 2 and 5 p.m.


The video installation is funded by Landkreis Teltow-Fläming and Bildungs-, Jugend-, Kultur- und Sportstiftung Teltow-Fläming der Mittelbrandenburgischen Sparkasse in Potsdam.

With this video installation, the Cultural Foundation Schloss Wiepersdorf is participating in the 'Themenjahr' Krieg und Frieden. 1945 und die Folgen in Brandenburg – Kulturland Brandenburg 2020.

Kulturland Brandenburg is funded by the Ministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kultur and the Ministerium für Infrastruktur und Landesplanung des Landes Brandenburg.

With the kind support of Brandenburgische Sparkassen and Investitionsbank des Landes Brandenburg.

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