50 kilometres of files

- A walk-in Stasi radio play

By Haug / Kaegi / Wetzel

In German language only.

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Rimini Protokoll haul the Stasi files out of the archives and into the city’s present: About a hundred people in Berlin’s Mitte district are surveyed and for the microphone recollect or reconstruct observations of the sites where the misdeeds were perpetrated. A strange picture-puzzle is created for the users, who have the everyday life familiar to us now in view and original recordings from that time in their ears. 

Using Smartphones, the visitors on foot become "insiders", entering into history. This dive into the Cold War era of mistrust becomes palpable with the bureaucratic procedures of applying for files and filling out forms and reading what people in your immediate environment set down about your life, all of which is superimposed onto today’s Berlin. How do the surveillance reports sound at the site of their recording for those who were then under surveillance and how fast does the initially uninvolved observer become an active player?

On a website, 100 "acoustic bubbles" are shown scattered across a map of Berlin’s Mitte district. Listeners and walkers experience the city as an audible and highly-subjective archive. Moving alone or in groups, visitors on foot and online have to get to grips with the role of the surveillance authority in a search for the audio portals to the city below the city.

 

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Prix Ars Electronica 2012: Honorary Mention Hybrid Art

Nominated for the Grimme Online Award 2012

A project by Helgard Haug, Stefan Kaegi and Daniel Wetzel (Rimini Protokoll)
Part of "Radioortung - Hörspiele für Selbstläufer" (Radio positioning – radio plays for independent explorers)

Research / Dramaturgy: Sebastian Brünger

Research assistant: Michael Hoh

Technical production manager: Falco Ewald

Production manager: Heidrun Schlegel, Katja Sonnemann
Assistant production manager: Elise v. Bernstorff
Voice: René Stäbler

Director for RADIOORTUNG Deutschlandradio Kultur: Katrin Moll
Application development and interactive map: Udo Noll

A Deutschlandradio Kultur and Rimini Apparat production in co-production with Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin.

Funded by the Governing Mayor of Berlin – Senate Chancellery - Cultural Affairs- and the Federal Commissioner for Cultural and Media Affairs.

With consultancy support from the Office of the Federal Commissioner for Preserving the Records of the State Security Service of the Former German Democratic Republic (BStU) and the Robert-Havemann-Gesellschaft e.V.

In cooperation with Theatertreffen tt11
With generous support from Sony Ericsson.