Rubrik: Europastrasse


Observing ground plots of our living that is ground plots of our being – is what I am doing. This is exciting, indeed. I do it by the means of patterns we created (WIR Series), a house we created (Corviale), a street we created (Europastrasse). May the projects have all the same motivation, it turns out that I find myself in the need of  different means to narrate them.

One thing gives the other and so appeared the Video. 80 hours in length. I found it to be the best way to grasp a structure being several thousand kilometres long – being still ungraspable.

As I keep reflecting ourselves, by delving into things, I am in the need to cover the complexity – a challenge. Therefore Europastrasse is puzzling me. The way of working things through is

literally a puzzle – put together piece by piece is the strategy. Making a mille-feuille. Every ‚feuille‘ needs to be rolled out. Layer by layer it will arise to be a an entire cake.

Launching the Video at crossing Europe Film Festival was a very important step. It starts giving flavor to the whole, a whole which will not be finished for quite some time.

The images in the corviale book create a cloud through which the viewer will glimpse a piece of the entire building and therefore a glimpse of us [as society].  The approach in Europastrasse is to layer things by disrupting the media of narration. There was text, now there is video, more to come.

This is the state I am in right now. Baking the cake.

On a long and lonesome highway

Manchmal frage ich mich wieviel Energie habe ich für etwas gegeben. Wieviel ist geflossen. Ich möchte es einfach nur wissen.

Out there in the spotlight
You’re a million miles away
Every ounce of energy
You try to give away
As the sweat pours out your body
Like the music that you play
Later in the evening
As you lie awake in bed
With the echoes from the amplifiers
Ringin‘ in your head

(Bob Seeger, Turn the Page)
(Übrigens eine der lyrischsten Darstellungen von E=mc^2)

Die Fahrt entlang der Europastrasse war extrem anstrengend. Fast Erwartungsgemäss. Dieses ‚fast‘ erkläre ich ein andermal. Es hat nichts mit dem Englischen ‚fast‘ zu tun.

Nun habe ich das Video Geschnitten. Tag für Tag sitze ich. Der Dieselmotor röhrt wie ein Ferrari, die Kurven sind eng. Kein Wunder, ich lege die Strecke meist mit 5-facher Geschwindigkeit zurück – am Schneideplatz. Sonst ist die Fülle des Materials nicht zu bewältigen. Es fühlt sich an wie ein Video Spiel, dass ich nun seit Wochen täglich spiele. Virtuelle Realitäten. Allerdings, sie waren einmal echt. Die Aufgabe: Vardø zu erreichen. Dass es keinen Unfall geben wird, weiss ich bereits. Ich war ja in der Realität dabei.

Ich schaue gebannt auf den Schirm meines Schneideplatzes. Ich sitze lediglich, doch hoch konzentriert. Meine Synapsen hüpfen, Verbindungen werden re-aktiviert, andere werden neu geknüpft. Emotionen sind da, ich habe die Textur ja selbst gewebt.

‚Later in the Evening, as I lie awake in Bed‘ bin ich dann erschöpft, sehr erschöpft. Die Snyapsen pulsieren noch ein wenig. In diesem Augenblick würde ich gerne wissen, wieviel ‚ounces of Energy‘, heute geflossen sind. Ich habe es ein weiteres mal unterschätzt. Es war ein weiteres mal wundervoll.

Bob Seger – Turn the Page

Download MP3: Bob Seger – Turn the Page


Behind the Scenes

The upcoming video will play dozens of hours. Of course. Getting from Crete all the way to Vardø in the very north takes time. Vanning all the material is a challenge and a fulfillment at the same time.

Since this is not an everyday task there is no experience I can base this on. Which software to use? Which does not crash on a 50 hours file. Usually you cut a 2 hours file, that is what most programs are optimized for.

I point out two pieces out of my software jewel Box. The first one is for organizing your stuff. Still one of the best programs to organize your Media files is Media Pro, now owned by Phase One. It lives a shadow live, which is a shame for a so very well thought through piece of code. Phase One does not seem to know what they are having with it. They bought it to integrate some features in their prime software.
Say you have a folder hierarchy on your storage system, containing several subfolders. Now you want to extract just the MP4s in just 3 mouseclicks? You create a new Catalog on the fly (importing does not empty your notebooks batteries, like other media tools do). Tell me how else this can be done in such elegance. This is just one example.

For cutting the video I decided to use ligthworks. It is a fully professional video cutting tool. The Kings Speech was done with it. The user interface is completely streamlined, so can start rather quick and improve on complexity later. It is straight forward.
And there is a reasonable  licensing model. Other companies would charge me a monthly subscription fee. Once I am moving on to my next (non-video) project I would still have to pay a few hundred Euro per year – just to be able to open my old files? That is not what I want to do, they call it plan.

Besides dealing with this in a very smart way, Lightworks is multi-platform as well. One day I will extend this blog by a ‚digital‘ category. If I do, I will write about the importance of this.

For now I close this toolbox entry. I keep you updated on the progress of the „Europastrasse“ video. Cheers.

Traveling the E75 again

So this is how I came into traveling the Europastrasse again. Of course not in reality, but at the cutting desk. Taking up the Video production means entering a new phase of the Project. Getting everything ready for the Crossing Europe Film Festival gives the timeline.

My aim is, to work all the video material through. This is the way I am traveling again. Uncountable hours on the road again, on the screen. It is more then just cutting a dozenfold of files together (actually more then 500 source video clips). I really ride it again.

And of course it moves me. It points to a very intense time. But, and that is the surprise, the pleasure is not in looking back. The pleasure lies in creating the new. That is a remarkable self-observation.

And there is still a way to go.

20. März – Tag der ungeraden Europastrassen

Warum baut man eine Strasse quer durch den Kontinent? Um eine Verbindung herzustellen. Es wurden somit grosse Unterschiede Verbunden, teils grossartige.

Deshalb ist genau Heute besonders gut geeignet eine Vielfalt zu würdigen die uns Europäer ausmacht. Heute, wo einer dieser Unterschiede aufgehört hat zu existieren. Der heutige Tag ist entlang der E75 überall gleichlang. Ab morgen ist schon wieder alles anders, also vergesst nicht heute zu feiern – es macht einen Unterschied!

Anmerkung: Ungerade nummeriert sind jene Europastrassen die von Nord nach Süd, von Süd nach Nord verlaufen. Das ist ein einheitliches System (wäre da nicht die E4).

So this is how

Over the years I found out: all of my projects consist of several phases. This is the one thing they have in common, the other one is the red thread connecting them.

When it is time to start something new, I open my project-pantry. I take out an idea which is just ready to work through.

The fun starts with packing my pack. Cautiously I imbed the idea and some other stuff which helps to grow it. In the second phase it is time to get out to the road – literally this time. Research makes one’s mind heavy. So I try to omit it until later – I want to be fresh and open. Being restrained, reduces your nervous system, which is not good for exploring. I have the idea, I have the compass, the needle is pointing the way. Territory is too subtle to be predicted all the way through.

After several weeks or month I return to my atelier. The backpack is loaded, as my soul is. Things are fully grown. Now it is time to work them through, like a dough which is ready to be processed.

But how does one get into this third phase? You have a lot of dough, the taste is clear but there is no final shape yet. Just throwing everything together would be a foul recipe. The secret is to sense the qualities, especially the ones which you did not expect before you went out. Combine them properly. Work them through and through.

That sound ’s fair, but still does not answer the question how to enter this third phase. I find the transition into this bit especially challenging. Europastrasse was so intense. I gave tons of energy while I was out. I received so much at the same time. This makes it even more tricky. Everything is wobbling, is moving. How to bake it?

Let the unexpected happen again! I took a video of the Europastrasse. Just the view through the windshield. Hours and hours you see the long and winding road. It takes you all the way through Europe. You get the idea of the Video within seconds, watching it takes weeks – the playing time is almost forever. Of course. It takes you quite a while to cross Europe.

I submitted the video to Crossing Europe, an international Film Festival focusing on European themes. You can’t take crossing Europe more literal. To cut it short, they took it. It will run day and night during the festival, so that it reaches the Vardø within time. From Tuesday, April 25th 2017 until Sunday, April 30th.

So this is how I entered phase 3 of the „Europastrasse“ project. Things are flowing.

Having said all that: The next project will be different! I allready know which one is up to realization.

Today, walking a wonderland through

Thinking about book making again. Going into a very intense phase again. On purpose. How do you slip into this phase of a project? The Answer: Differently every time. This time? I will tell you in the next post. For now, I show you a book I just went through. I am in exploring mode. It is about a totally different monolith. In B/W. Europastrasse will be color of course.

WONDERLAND : A Fairy Tale of the Soviet Monolith from kam studio on Vimeo.

Um 92 Zentimeter längere Nächte

Wieder quere ich den Polarkreis. Wieder ist er an der falschen Stelle markiert, in der Landschaft, in den Köpfen der Leute. Wieder Irreführung, wieder muss ich mich wundern. Doch die meisten verweilen nicht und so nivelliert sich alles wieder.

Diesmal beschäftigen mich andere Fragen. Es scheint mir völlig absurd, dass es in der Nacht dunkel werden kann. Mehr als 3 Wochen war ich nun nördlich dieses Kreises. Ich habe mich an Vieles gewöhnt. Wie ist es, wenn es in der Nacht dunkel wird? Wie ist Dunkelheit überhaupt? Eine bisher lebenslänglich-tägliche Erfahrung war mir nun wochenlang entzogen und ich kann sie nur mehr schwer nachvollziehen!

Ich selbst schon längst nicht mehr entlang der E75 unterwegs, Weiterlesen