Berlin, April 2018

As an Artist at the Berlin Fire Brigade – Outcomes of Alona Rodeh’s Dis-Placement

Interested in the role firefighting plays in the city’s day-to-day emergencies, for a period of nine months Alona Rodeh joined the fire brigade on their 24-hour shifts. A new artist publication and a new short film are two of the outcomes of the residency. 
To the Moon and Back is a short film (approx.13 min) performed by individual members of the Berlin Fire Brigade. It is a non-narrative and somewhat abstract visual collage of portraits of firefighters and their gear in action. Some scenes are based on reality, while others are closer to the surreal. The film gives a subjective glimpse into the current state of firefighting.
FIRE: Safe and Sound  is a booklet with a collection of essays edited by the artist and published by ZK/U press. It  includes four new essays by professionals who tackle the subject of urban fire from different perspectives: Thore Schröder, a journalist, Gilly Karjevsky, a curator working in the built environment, Kristen McCleary, a professor of history, and Bruce Hensler, a retired firefighter. It includes also an existing text by Ulrike Meinhof and a photo essay compiled from the archives of the Berlin Fire Brigade: documentations of self-caused accidents of Berlin fire engines.


More about the Artist Dis-Placement project here.

The project was made possible with the support of ZK/U – Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik, the initiators of the Artist Dis-Placement Residency at the fire brigade in the framework of the Artecitya project, co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union, the Berlin Fire Brigade, the Berlin Senate Department of Culture and Europe and the Israel Lottery Council for Culture and Arts.