Antal Lux:

1/61 CHAMISSOPLATZ
1993, 15 Min., U-matic Hi-Band, Farbe

The world seen from an apartment window - the square of the "Chamissoplatz", as a (German) microcosm. You don't have to go out into the horrors of life. From the window, with a view of one's home, in the neighbourhood, you have the full horizon of being at home. Forgetteing oneself. Sluggish and satisfied. And, with all that, the unmistable smalltalk of the neighbourhood. Most of all an aversionto everything foreign...the search steered by alcohol, for a little space of one's own. Those who failed to make it enjoy the sun, in a long and carefree moment... Smashed windows everywhere. How long am I allowed to stay here?


In "1/61 Chamissoplatz" Antal Lux is tracking down subtle impressions of his immediate neighbourhood. He views the world from the window of his studio. The horizon is made up the small block of houses and ist people around it. "One does not have to step out into the hostile world." His montage of text, peech, old photographs and film-clips alternates with Pictures of the man next door, who with a can of beer in his hand revels in telling stories.

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Die Welt vom Wohnzimmerfenster aus betrachtet - der Chamissoplatz, Berlin Kreuzberg,
als (deutscher) Mikrokosmos
"Man muß nicht hinaus ins feindliche Leben"- vom Atelierfenster aus der Blick
auf die Heimat im Kiez, den Horizont des Zuhause: Ruhig, selbstvergessen,
träge, zufrieden- Dabei unüberhörbar das Gerede in der Nachbarschaft:
Die Abneigung gegen alles Fremde, die im Alkohol dümpelnde Sehnsucht nach dem eigenen kleinen Frei-Raum, die auf der Strecke Gebliebenen sonnen sich in Momenten der Sorglosigkeit. Eingeschmissene Scheiben allerorten. Der Neid und die Sehnsucht nach Gerechtigkeit, die Angst vorm Einbruch des Fremden- Erinnerung, Neugier, Erstaunen und Abgeklärtheit der Passivität:
Wie lange darf ich bleiben?

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