Interested in the role firefighting plays in the city’s day-to-day emergencies, Alona Rodeh joined the fire brigade on their 24-hour shifts as an artist-in-residence for a year. Performed by individual members of the Berlin Fire Brigade, the short film is a non-narrative and somewhat abstract visual collage of portraits of firefighters and their gear in action, shedding light on the fire fighter’s work, including long periods of anticipation and non-doing. The shooting took place in Friedrichshain, Wedding, Kreuzberg, and Charlottenburg-Nord Fire Stations, with additional scenes at Jaffa fire station, Tel Aviv.
HD single-channel color with sound
12:44 min in a loop
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ZK/U - Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik, the Artist Dis-Placement Residency initiators, supported the project. The Berlin Senate Department of Culture and Europe and the Israel Lottery Council for Culture and Arts gave additional support.
Director of photography and lighting: Itai Vinograd
Lighting assistant: Stefan Blahut
Sound and image editor: Daphna Keenan
Music samples: “Caravan,” Buddy Rich 1961
Pyrotechnics: Steffen Hänel
Color grading: Aviv Kosloff
With, in order of appearance: Olov Ludwig, Chris Wenzel, Christian Sonnenburg, Eric Ihlenfeld, Fabian Goldmann, Florian Kranawetter, Frank Buddrus, “Gino”.