Big Time Rush (2012)

A film by Liane Lang, Stella Flatten and Jon Klein

Screening at Babylon Cinema, Berlin Mitte, 2 June 2012, from 6.30pm as part of Flights Of Fancy, next showings will be at Site Gallery, Sheffield in 2012 and at Tegel Airport and the Baylon Cinema if and when it actually closes in 2013.

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, is dominated for seconds 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 spotters 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.


Excerpt 1.5 min (Total duration 10 minutes)

Jon Klein

Stella Flatten