A keyboard and an empty chair with headphones are placed in an urban space. A song is created in the moment for every person who takes a seat. This performance piece at Hermannplatz was an invitation to stop for a moment and dive into another realm within the public space. No explenation, no rules and no expectations were set, just a moment of encounter through music.
"Free Seat" is a collaboration between the Brazilian musician Pedro Carneiro Silva and the Iranian/German filmmaker Ardalan Aram. Berlin, July 2016
"If they could talk, I´m sure they would have some real stories to tell"
The experimental road movie enters the contradictory space in between home and mobility. Through the vastness of the US American West, CHASING HOUSES follows mobile homes on their journey from tear down to set up. The dream of unlimited mobility conflicts with the harsh life worlds in late capitalism. Fragmented encounters meet with a former Las Vegas showgirl-turned- real estate agent, a haulier and ardent Tea Party supporter, a desert recluse in his trailer, and long-term snowbird tourists looking for the sun. Against the movie-like backdrop of Monument Valley, a Navajo couple describes the real-life conditions on the reservation. CHASING HOUSES makes palpable the charged relationships between hopes and dead-end prospects, and opens up questions of home, belonging, and the actuality of the American Dream.
The film portrays a young human rights activist in russian Murmansk, who shares her thoughts and feelings about her “active life position” in the current days.
It is an absurd adventure through an office space filled with power struggles, aggression and money madness - and most importantly about the impact music and an artist can create to break out of that world. The song and the video works as a reminder to us all to take a break, let the music guide you, enjoy life, dance and just chill the **** out!
Mia and Linda both left Berlin some years ago. Today the meet again in Berlin and spent a wild day and a wild night together.