Restored Weekend

Walter Ruttmann’s radio play, “Weekend”, was written and produced somewhere around the year 1930. The structure of this abstract collage of sounds bears some similarity with Ruttmann’s famous 1927 work, BERLIN. DIE SINFONIE DER GROSSSTADT. In this film, directors Gockell and Winter use a fictional piece of found footage in order to place Ruttmann’s acoustic collage in an entirely new context: “In this ‘restored’ version, the film – originally intended as an acoustic collage to be heard whilst watching black film leader – documents the traces left by time. The question as to whether Walter Ruttmann ever intended to add images to his acoustic collage remains open to speculation.”
by Kirsten Winter, Gerd Gockell
Germany 2003 5’

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