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13:15 Bunte, Andreas / Norwegian Artistic Research Programme German 2013

Künstliche Diamanten

The film depicts the process - from beginning to end - of synthetic diamonds being produced. The recordings were made at the Vollstädt Diamant GmbH a company set up by Professor Heiner Vollstädt a mineralogist, who began his research on the production of synthetic diamonds in the GDR 40 years ago at the Zentralinstitut für Physik der Erde (Central Institute for Physics of the Earth). Since the late 1970s the production of synthetic diamonds had became a prestigious project for the GDR government, which was supposed to end the GDR’s dependency on diamond imports from the UDSSR or the West. After the reunification of Germany the Institute was discontinued and Vollstädt transported some of the machinery of the former Academy of Science of the GDR to a disused military camp outside Potsdam to continue his research on, and the production of synthetic diamonds as a private enterprise.
  • Published: 2013
  • Publisher: Bunte, Andreas / Norwegian Artistic Research Programme
  • Language: German
12:01 Bunte, Andreas / Norwegian Artistic Research Programme Original sound, no spoken text 2013

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"Low-Pressure" was shot in an athletic training facility in the former German Democratic Republic that was built in the late 1970s to simulate the effects of high altitudes. Since the natural topology of the GDR didn't provide the appropriate altitudes this training facility was the only chance for GDR top athletes to get the performance enhancing effects of high altitude training, without having to travel outside Eastern Europe. A top secret facility at the time, the site was abandoned after the peaceful revolution of 1989 that ultimately led to the unification of Germany. The fate of the site was the result of a double economic incompatibility: it was too expensive to be kept in use, and too expensive to be dismantled.
  • Published: 2013
  • Publisher: Bunte, Andreas / Norwegian Artistic Research Programme
  • Language: Original sound, no spoken text
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