BELOW ABOVE is a short film by eric ellingsen, starring Berlin and a pink pipe. The walk starts and ends at two water sources. It is a walk guided by the city through itself. Like the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the relationships to the systems usually hidden in walls is made visible. The visible is seen. Relationships usually hidden are out in the open. The pink pipes are water mains running from construction sites to river systems. Big drains. In many parts of Berlin pink pipes are above the ground. Like refugee camps, temporary spatial solutions turn into long term solutions in planning. Another site add more pipe. Some of the way things work are out in the open. The pipes lift above sidewalks and streets and the entrances to houses. They straddle intersections. They twist over fences. They are zips, developers carefully articulated lines of a water poem, Theseus’ big pink thread, stripes of color framing engineered horizons. They are used as soccer goals by children, benches by people needing benches, barriers by developers. People that live on the second floor of a housing unit next to which the pink pipe runs paint their hair pink. I have seen it.
The film is also a love story, thus, a tragedy. Starting at the same time, two people start walking from opposite ends of the 2.5 km pink pipe. The two people are carrying mirrors. This mirrors make the pipe in front of the walk look behind, what is receding is coming at you, going backwards is forward, what is above is below at the same time. Orientation is confusing but stability is preserved. Along the way the two people meet in the middle of the pipe dream. They are the only ones carrying mirrors while walking around the world. Maybe they have been carrying mirrors and walking around forever. Maybe when they meet each other they fall in love with the pink pipe with each other with the city with walking.
BELOW ABOVE has shown at the Palais de Toyko for two months, Paris, 2011.
editing was assisted by Montse Torres