Commentary.

The first sequence establishes the film as a sound piece as well as a visual piece, begins a pace for the Berlin section, introduces general themes of freedom and beauty by focusing on the power-kite flown on a significant site to Berlin - Tempelhof. The theme of freedom is what closes the film.

The Berlin sequence establishes a pace for the city. It includes a lot of footage from transport as the infrastructure is so good in Berlin that a persons experience and subsequent memory cannot help but be edited by how they move in the city.

Footage of cranes moving to Berlins pace symbolise the continuous construction of the city thought to be always becoming but never simply being.

Footage of people are laced into this section to create a portrait of Berlins population caught in the act of the mundane.

Tegel footage is edited in such a way as to make it a machine - both visually and vocally. This represents its status as an international node and seeks to give the viewer a different pace of landscape to observe.

In both the Tegel and Gatow sections footage was filmed at various points with the back of a human figure showing. This provides a protagonist in the landscape so the viewer can relate to the footage better by understanding what it means to be placed in such a scene.

Gatows rhythm is far slower than Tegals or even Berlins. This section shows a place that is undergoing mass succession by nature. Footage of a person running is used to illustrate the sheer sense of freedom and space on this site while shots of a protagonist standing at various points are used for the same purpose as those in the Tegel sequence.

- After another vocal and visual refreshment towards the end of Gatows sequence the film ends with a quote from Otto Lilienthal - and early German pioneer in aviation who died during a test flight when his glider plummeted from 15m. He describes a world where aviation renders defense “impossible in itself” leading to the destruction of barriers between countries and languages and eventually leading to eternal peace. The antithesis of this was realised throughout Berlin in the ensuing century after his death but his optimism still stands un-ridiculed in a society that is trying hard depart from its past.

General notes.

All ambient sounds and effects used in this film were recorded by our group with the exception of some bird song which occasionally appears in the second half. All music that was used was looped and then layered upon by ambient sound remixes from our sites. These often mark the entrance into a new section – a new site.

Footage and sound recorded by Euan Maharg, Lisa Jeffrey, Anna Robison, Chris Scott-Kiddie and Kirsty Scott.
Editing and Sound - Euan Maharg
Patient Graphic Editor - Chris Scott-Kiddie
Tracks mixed: Fritz Kalkbrenner - 'Facing The Sun', Four Tet 'Volcano' remix, Apollo Brown - 'Balance', This Will Destroy You - 'The Mighty Rio Grande'

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