Abstract

Die leere Mitte (The Empty Center, 1998), a film directed and produced by Hito Steyerl, engages the space of Potsdamer Platz and the changes it has undergone over the past two hundred years, thereby discussing variegated borders that have existed on the site: religious, political, and economic. Yet organizing the film's content temporally undoes its structural complexity: while the film presents itself as a documentary, its formal techniques thwart conventions of the genre. Thematically, it examines both discreet eras of history and broader imperialist forces at work in Germany or areas that it colonized. (CG)

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Additional Information

ISSN
2578-5192
Print ISSN
2578-5206
Pages
pp. 205-233
Launched on MUSE
2008-03-24
Open Access
No
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