Daniel Theiler Master Project

Top Down Memory, 2020
shortfilm, 2-channel video installation, color, sound, objects, 12:20 min.

Based on historical events surrounding the Berlin City Palace (“Humboldtforum”), the work raises questions on the manipulation of history. Starting from the confusion about the proclamation of a socialist republic by Karl Liebknecht on the balcony of Portal IV on November 9, 1918, the film examines other events that are related to political and social upheavals and questions about authenticity, construction and manipulation. Who is writing our history? How do we deal with our past? How does collective memory work? The work hinges on the architectural manifestation of hierarchies and power politics in the balcony.