Hanne Darboven: Am Burgberg

2023, 44 Min, Full HD, AT/DE

Funded by
Liebelt Stiftung Hamburg (DE)
Steiner Stiftung München (DE)
Kunstraum München (DE)
Austrian Federal Chancellery (AT)

In collabrotation with
Gallery Sprüth Magers
Hanne Darboven Foundation


Dietmar Rübel

Visual Concept
Julia Gaisbacher, Ulricht A. Reiterer

Scientific consultant
Petra Lange-Berndt

Ulrich A. Reiterer

Julia Gaisbacher

Color Grading
Jakob Plattner

Mastering Sound
R.O.T. Studios Wien

Lina Dokusović

Hanne Darboven (1941-2009) is one of the outstanding artists of the 20th century, an attentive observer of her time and of the history and development of politics, culture and society. In the 1960s, she and her artist friends founded conceptual art; her central contribution was that she developed her own methods for depicting periods of time - days, months, years or even a century.

In the film, Julia Gaisbacher (*1983) approaches the place where Hanne Darboven lived and worked in the south of Hamburg: a complex of buildings in Rönneburg near Hamburg with the address Am Burgberg. At the centre is a studio house that she designed herself in 1973, which fits into a historic farmstead from the 17th century and has been expanded over decades to become a kind of treasure house. Based on a film by Hanne Darboven from 1981-1982, which she made for documenta 7, this 2022-2023 film approaches the buildings "Am Burgberg". In the early 1980s, the artist first filmed squares and streets in Hamburg-Harburg and then the rooms of her Camelot in parallel tracking shots for "Der Mond ist aufgegangen".

By reenacting the historical shots and movements of the camera, Julia Gaisbacher's film creates a histoire parallèle of the ensemble on the Burgberg: the images from 2023 trace the views from 1982. The music composed by Hanne Darboven for “Der Mond ist aufgegangen/The Moon is Risen”, Opus 7 for electronic organ, is also used in these passages. These passages are interwoven with an oral history on-site and the memories of the interviewees, Susanne Liebelt and Jörg Weil, of Hanne Darboven present the Burgberg as a complex chronotopos.
The unmanageable collection in Hanne Darboven's building complex becomes a poetic Thesauros through the film and Julia Gaisbacher's photographs - an artistic repository of work and memory.

But what remains of this collection of things after the artist's death?

Dietmar Rübel, 2023

Please also have a look at part I of the project: