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Sachstandsdokumentation</p>
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Sachstandsdokumentation</p>
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Sachstandsdokumentation</p>
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Sachstandsdokumentation</p>
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Sachstandsdokumentation</p>
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Sachstandsdokumentation</p>
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Sachstandsdokumentation</p>
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Sachstandsdokumentation</p>
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Sachstandsdokumentation</p>
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Sachstandsdokumentation</p>
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Sachstandsdokumentation</p>
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Sachstandsdokumentation</p>
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Sachstandsdokumentation</p>
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Sachstandsdokumentation</p>

Film
Documentation Report is the documentation of a fictional performance, a sequentially numbered 16mm travel documentation and a continously growing archive.

The film is about a woman, played by me, and she is wearing a hat that looks like a surveillance camera. Or, perhaps her head actually is a surveillance camera. She is seen walking across different Central European and Easter European cities, looking at surveillance cameras around buildings of importance in the public space. For instance, the intelligence agency in Berlin, or the National Cultural Palace in Sofia.

I made the hat in 2012. I thought of it as a wearable sculpture and wanted to give an expression to the feeling of being in society and being watched and watching others, of incorporating others against their will in my story and me being incorporated in theirs, as if living in a constant social recording with no way out. A couple of years after I made it, I lived in The Hague, in the Netherlands, which is stuffed with surveillance cameras. They are everywhere in the public space and I took some photos with the hat looking out the window at the cameras.

Again, a couple of years after that I had the opportunity to make a 16mm film. Me and Lars Preisser who did the cinematography, walked around Berlin and experimented with the material and I tried out some some poses wearing the hat in front of the chancellery. When we developed the material we found that the images had an almost eerie quality to them. Except for my character there were almost no other human beings in the frame. My character was so small against those looming institutional representational buildings, there was a little bit of a David vs. Goliath conflict in that. It was also not clear who that "surveillance camera woman" was supposed to be. Was she a human in disguise, or a robot or an android of some sort? So there was also an undercurrent sci-fi film element to consider. We went to shoot in other cities and now had this direction to follow and a specific look we were aiming for.

I also have personal connections to all the places that we shot in. I have lived in all of them. For instance, I was born in Sofia before the fall of the Berlin wall during the socialist regime. My family was affected by state surveillance, which is a detail I know very little about and I plan to uncover these happenings in the future.
Documentation Report is a basis for a future narrative short film that I'm working on that wants to go deeper into these personal issues of surveillance.

Photo series
The work in progress photo series is following a similar thread as the film. I have shot among other places at the Stasi-Archive in Lichtenberg.

Screening history
2019
12th this human world - International Human Rights Film Festival. Nomination: exp:an:ded shorts. Vienna, AT
1st 1666 Film Festival. Nomination: Competitive section. Sao Paolo/Rio de Janeiro, BR
18th Lausanne Underground Film & Music Festival. Nomination: Experimental short film competition. Lausanne, CH
1st Verstaerker-Award. Status: Nomination. Dresden, DE
20th dresdner schmalfilmtage. Nomination: International competition Super 8/16. Dresden, DE
Moabiter Filmkultur. Stadtgesichter II. Berlin, DE
2018
feldfuenf. Night Screenings. Berlin, DE (only episode No. 0617)
34th International Shortfilm Festival interfilm. Berlin, DE (only episode No. 0617)
35th Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival. World premiere. Kassel, DE
C.Rockefeller Center for Contemporary Art. Dresden, DE (only episode No. 0617)
PACT Zollverein. Screening & Artist Talks with class of expanded cinema. Essen, DE (only episode No. 0617)

Credits
Director of Photography: Lars Preisser
Performer: Beatrice Schuett Moumdjian
Director: Beatrice Schuett Moumdjian
Editors: Beatrice Schuett Moumdjian, Lars Preisser
Editing advisor: Janina Herhoffer
Surveillance Camera Hat: Beatrice Schuett Moumdjian, 2012
Filmed on Wittner Chrome and exp. Kodak Vision2 250D
Photographed on different analogue still picture stock
Motion picture film developer: laborberlin, Andec
Motion picture film scan: Medienrettung