by Sebastian Eschenbach (in German)


A film by Sebastian Eschenbach, Britta von der Behrens, Thomas Malz

Zwischen Krieg und Frieden oder die Erkundung eines Zwischenraums (Between war and peace), a video installation by documentary film maker Sebastian Eschenbach from Brandenburg, explores the history of Wiepersdorf and its castle from 1945 onwards.

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.

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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