Berlin

Isabell Heimerdinger

Mehdi Chouakri | Fasanenplatz

Isabell Heimerdinger likes to watch actors watching their old movies. A voyeur of repertory cinema, the Berlin-based artist has previously made videos of Rüdiger Vogler and Yella Rottländer watching their performances in Wim Wenders’s 1974 road movie Alice in den Städten (Alice in the cities). In these strange screenings, the actors become witnesses to their own past, which is caught between the roles they played and their memories of making the film. Since Heimerdinger’s camera remains unflinchingly focused on them, their reactions veer awkwardly from spectatorship to performance. When a spontaneous facial expression is quickly brought under control, one realizes that they are acting the part of spectators. Although these staged reunions confound real and fictional histories, Heimerdinger never questions the integrity of the film’s narrative, as Pierre Huyghe does; rather, she focuses

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