Mario Pfeifer

Mario Pfeifer, Again / Noch einmal, 2018, courtesy Mario Pfeifer; KOW, Berlin, © 2018 VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

In April 2016, four men beat and dragged a young man out of a supermarket in Arnsdorf in eastern Germany. He was tied to a tree until the police arrived. Hot-tempered, with a bottle in his hand, he had been insisting just before that the phone card he had purchased was defective. The events inside the supermarket were filmed by someone else in the store. The video went viral. Many blamed the victim, agreeing that the four men were only protecting the supermarket and its clients. On May 2017, a judge found the men not guilty. However, the victim was not able to testify in court; a week before the verdict his body had been found in the woods in central Saxony.

Driven to ask questions ignored by the media and the court, Mario Pfeifer reexamines the incident through Again / Noch einmal (2018), gathering a jury of German citizens to review these events and decide on a verdict. Mediated by actors Mark Waschke and Dennenesch Zoudé, Again / Noch einmal raises questions of moral courage and vigilante justice, asking: How can we maintain a dialogue as society drifts apart? How does the construction of certain narratives influence our perception of reality?

—Thiago de Paula Souza

    Venue:
  • Akademie der Künste

LIST OF WORKS

Again / Noch einmal, 2018
4K video transferred to HD, 2-channel installation, color, 5.1 Surround, 23′
Producer: Mario Pfeifer Studio
Coproducer: Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg in collaboration with ARTE; blackboardfilms; KOW, Berlin; papermoon films
Line Producer: Oliver Thau
Screenplay: Lilian von Keudell, Mario Pfeifer
Director of Photography: Stephan Burchardt
Editor: Mario Pfeifer
Set Design: Susanne Dieringer
Costumes: Dorota Budna
Sound: Thomas Wallmann
Courtesy Mario Pfeifer; KOW, Berlin

Commissioned and coproduced by Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art
With the support of Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg; Kulturstiftung des Freistaates Sachsen
In-kind support from SirPlus; Baumschulen Ewald Fischer; Dr. Bronner’s