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Introduced by Professor Rachel Armstrong (Experimental Architecture, Newcastle University), followed by a live Q&A.

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Join us for a free screening of artist Hito Steyerl’s Die Leere Mitte (The Empty Centre) to mark the launch of City Limits, a new open call in partnership with Newcastle University’s School of Architecture, Planning & Landscape for artists working in the moving image.

After the fall of the Berlin wall, planners pledged to return the city centre to its pre-war home at Potsdamer Platz. The meaning and use of public space in the intervening years, however, had shifted, inflected architecturally by postmodernism and politically by late 20th century capitalism. As Steyerl’s engrossing film charts, Berlin’s Neue Mitte became less a symbol of civic spirit and more an expression of the unrestricted ambitions of private developers, excluding as many people as it welcomed. 


Film synopsis 

Die Leere Mitte (The Empty Centre)

Hito Steyerl Germany 1998 62’

Video, colour, sound

After the fall of the Berlin wall, city planners pledged to return the city centre to its pre-war home at Potsdamer Platz. The meaning and use of public space in the intervening years, however, had shifted, inflected architecturally by postmodernism and politically by late 20th century capitalism. As Hito Steyerl’s engrossing film charts, Berlin’s Neue Mitte became less a symbol of civic spirit and more an expression of the unrestricted ambitions of private developers, excluding as many people as it welcomed.


This event is part of Projections, a programme of artist film at Tyneside Cinema. Find out more here.

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