“The Density of Freedom” tells two stories around East Berlin’s Alexanderplatz – the flagship of the GDR capital. Ernest and his friends are on a school trip to East Berlin for the first time and enthusiastically stroll across the “Alex”. At the same time, Johanna goes up the TV tower with a guest from Romania. Suddenly confronted with the state power of the GDR, they both question their freedom.
The second MoCom group started in May 2022 with an online workshop. Afterwards, the participants began to search for memories in their environment around the general topic of Escape and Departure. However, with the discussion of the collected memories, the original thematic focus then moved in a new direction. The artist Marc Buyny brought the ideas of the participants to life.
The premiere of the German version took place on March 25, 2023 at the “Pferdestall” in Helmstedt.
The accompanying educational material (in German except page 21) for the motion comic “The Density of Freedom” is available for educational work in schools and elsewhere. The 10-minute video and additional material can be used not only in history class. Also due to references to the present they can be embedded in art, ethics, politics, English and German lessons. You can watch both the English and German version of the motion comic on YouTube with subtitles (DE, EN).
Story and text: Nelly Eichler, Malina Helms, Daniel Mandic, Alina Reinhardt, İdil Deniz Şakar, Ronny Thon; coordinated by Lisa Hölscher
Illustration and Motion Design: Marc Buyny
Narrators: Ernest, spoken by Leo Hölscher; Johanna, spoken by Silke Mohnhaupt; Narrator, spoken by İdil Deniz Şakar
Project coordination and production management: Lisa Hölscher
Project idea, concept and planning: Dr. Sarah Fichtner & PD Dr. Anja Werner
Project implementation: Insa Ahrens, Lisa Hölscher, Felix Ludwig from the Marienborn Memorial to Divided Germany
Music and Sounds on https://freesound.org/: “Bird Wings” by “TOC1″ CC 0.0; “cafe in side street with some people talking” by “Garuda1982″ CC 4.0; “dark drums” by “theflakemaster” CC 3.0; “dark timpani 8″ by “sorinious genious” CC 0.0; “elevator the sixth floor” by “mario1298″ CC 0.0; “Folk ballad guitar improv” by “EKVelika” CC 0.0; “plop.wav” by “edsward” CC 0.0; “saximpov_rythm_changes” by “emirdemirel” CC 0.0; “Stone dropping” by “alegemaate” CC 0.0; “Water Swirl, Small, 23″ by “InspectorJ” CC 4.0 and Intro und Outro “D&B Funk Loop” by “YellowTree” CC 3.0.