Mareike Bernien & Alex Gerbaulet, Depth of Field, Part of Unraveling the NSU Complex



Mareike Bernien and Alex Gerbaulet

M.1 supports NSU-Komplex auflösen, a tribunal event initiated by the NSU-Komplex action coalition and scheduled to take place in Cologne 17.–21. May. The tribunal will lend weight to the voices of those whose lives were personally affected by the so-called National Socialist Underground (NSU) terror. Beyond the event in Cologne, work to combat racism by various means will certainly be continued. M.1 will host a number of events on racism over the next two years. In working groups we would like to collectively review and discuss films, texts, reports, and other documents. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you wish to become involved!

We launch this two-year program with the installation Tiefenschärfe (2016/17) by the Berlin filmmakers Mareike Bernien & Alex Gerbaulet. Their film is an investigation of the scenes of three murders committed in Nuremburg between 2000 and 2005 by the so-called National Socialist Underground (NSU). Persistent observation of the surroundings contextualizes the crime scenes, interprets traces of their past, and shows how they are used today for the same or a different purpose. The film’s typical horizontal axis repeatedly tips out of kilter: a formal device that serves to underscore the abyss opened up by these despicable crimes.