It starts with the laughter of children. Images from the late 80ies in the GDR to the immediate present of the year 2008 in Germany. Those residual images have besieged my head, constantly reassembling themselves into new shapes that are further and further removed from their original meaning and function. They remain in motion. They become history.
The material remains incomplete. It consists of what I held on to, what remained important to me. It is my picture.
About the director: Thomas Heise was born in1955, Berlin, GDR/Germany. He trained as a printer before he started to work as an assistant director at the DEFA Studio for Feature Films in Potsdam-Babelsberg in 1975. Parallel to his work at the studio he completed his secondary education, so that he could study at the Academy of Film & Television in Potsdam-Babelsberg 1978-1983. His first film, the documentary Why a Film about these People produced entirely with materials bought on the black market – was banned from public screening. Since 1983 he has worked as a free-lance writer and director in the areas of theatre, audio drama and documentary. Until the end of the GDR all his documentary efforts were however either blocked, destroyed or confiscated. Between 1987 and 1990 Heise acquired his MA at the Berlin Academy of Fine Art. He was teaching as a Professor for Film and Media Art at Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design 2007-2013. Since 2013 he is working as a Professor for Art and Film at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Austria. Since 2018 he is the director of the Film and Media Arts section at the Academy of Arts BerlinBrandenburg, Germany.