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Liane Lang, Stella Flatten, Jon Kline:
Big Time Rush


Big Time Rush is inspired by

the fascination for airplanes

and the live timing-device of

an airport for people living in

its direct proximity. The film

highlights the user groups of

an airport outside its fences

and standardised travel

sequences in the process

of flying. Planespotters,

residents, lovers, animals. The

parallel life outside the airport

walls functions as precise and

attentive to flight schedules

and its routines as inside the

terminals. In their habitus 

of control and participation,

these users form the space

with their rituals and create a

feeling of belonging. This film

has stripped the plane journey,

from Heathrow to Tegel

and back again, of human

inhabitants. What remains is

a haunted nowhere, reached

and observed only by the

inanimate. Before you can see

the airplane you can long hear

the roar of its engines.

When you see the lights and the Kutschi’, short for Kurt-Schuhmacher Platz, the area is

dominated for second by the

noise and wind of the landing

airplane. The awesome power

of the machine is tangible and

its reverberations temporarily

inhabit the surroundings,

bodies and objects, a consummation.

The arriving and

departing airplanes turn into

projection points for people’s

fugitive feelings, nourished

by the possibility of escaping

daily life and stepping

aboard an uncertain adventure.

The spotter’s meeting

point at Tegel is scrawled with 

emotional graffiti, a space for

deep emotions in this elusive

spot. The film already implies

the future absence of Tegel

Airport as a defining element

around which life has been

organised and how it might

face the silent void.

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