Modern Ruins (5 parts)

A 5-part series about the disintegrating modern monuments witnessing rise and fall, economical boom, cracked dreams and utopias, structural and political changes and how nature reconquers cultivated living space.

1. Kolmanskop – A Diamond Ghost Town in Namibia
2. Piramida – A Soviet Beachhead on Spitsbergen
3. Lohberg – The Revival of a Coal Mine
4. Fordlândia – Henry Ford’s Jungle Utopia
5. Detroit – Hope for the Motor City

News

  • 09/2013 - “Midsummer Night's Tango” at Nordic Film Days Lübeck

    Our German-Finnish-Argentine Coproduction “Midsummer Night’s Tango” (Director: Viviane Blumenschein) will compete in the official selection of Nordic Film Days Lübeck. [...]

    Our German-Finnish-Argentine Coproduction "Midsummer Night's Tango" (Director: Viviane Blumenschein) will compete in the official selection of Nordic Film Days Lübeck. Additionally, "Piramida" of our TV-series "Modern Ruins" will take part in the retrospective category (Director: Markus Reher). The Nordic Film Days take place from 30 October to 3 Noveber 2013; it is the only festival in Europe which is entirely devoted to the presentation of films from the North and Northeast of Europe.

    Nordic Film Days Lübeck


  • 01/2013 - "Modern Ruins – Detroit: Hope for the Motor City“ screening at FIFA in Montreal

    Detroit goes Canada: We are happy to be invited to the 31st International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA), held [...]

    Detroit goes Canada: We are happy to be invited to the 31st International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA), held in Montreal, March 14-24, 2013. Our production „Modern Ruins - Detroit: Hope for the Motor City“ has been selected for a screening in the Horizons section!


  • 08/2015 - Ruhrtriennale shows "Modern Ruins"

    Two episodes of our documentary series “Modern Ruins” are shown on Wednesday, September 2nd at 8 pm in front of [...]

    Two episodes of our documentary series "Modern Ruins" are shown on Wednesday, September 2nd at 8 pm in front of the Jahrhunderthalle Bochum during the Rurtriennale Festival. While Zeche Lohberg is rotting since its close-down in 2005  there is hope for the former Motor City Detroit. The entrance is free. Ruhrtriennale ist an annual international Arts Festival and takes place from August 14th to September 26th in the former industrial buildings of the Ruhr Area.  

    Ruhrtriennale 2015
    About the documentary series "Modern Ruins"



Modern Ruins (5 parts)

The series highlights visually impressive ruins, which embody the major topics of the 20th and 21st century. These ruins engrave the developments of our contemporary society: the struggle of social systems (Pyramids of Spitsbergen), Globalization (Fordlândia), colonialism (Coleman’s Hill), handling of resources and energy (Zeche Lohberg) and mobility (Detroit). The series MODERN RUINS describes the dynamics of modern times, which is defined by the will for constant progress, but inevitably has to slow down.
The technical term for this process is „Creative Destruction“ and is used in the economic sciences. It describes the downside of progress and globalization. Every economic development is built on constructive, respectively creative destruction. Old structures are replaced by more efficient solutions and innovations and finally demolished. Thus destruction is necessary and not a system failure, it enables reconstruction.
Only recently Alan Greenspan stated the connection of consistent enhancement of the life quality in the USA through globalization and progress to “Creative Destruction” of working environments in the western world. In the USA one million people loose their job per week and have to find a new one. In the series MODERN RUINS we take a look at the testimonials of progress, which give us a further understanding of our contemporary culture.

1. Kolmanskop – A Diamond Ghost Town in Namibia

2. Piramida – A Soviet Beachhead on Spitsbergen

3. Lohberg – The Revival of a Coal Mine

4. Fordlândia – Henry Ford’s Jungle Utopia

5. Detroit – Hope for the Motor City

Idea and Concept: Christian Beetz, Georg Tschurtschenthaler

Directors:
Reinhild Dettmer-Finke - Kolmanskuppe
Markus Reher - Piramida
Kai Christiansen - Lohberg
Christiane von Schwind - Fordlândia
Alice Agneskirchner - Detroit

Graphic Design: Susanne Radelhof
Production Manager: Nick Pastucha, Sarah Maret
Line Producer: Kathrin Isberner, Susanne Heinz
Production Accounting: Daniela Schöne
Producer: Anahita Nazemi
Executive Producer: Christian Beetz
Editorial Assistance: Marika Abada
Commissioning Editor ZDF/ARTE: Marita Hübinger, Caroline Auret

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  • Modern Ruins - Coleman's Hill

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  • Modern Ruins – Piramida

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  • Modern Ruins - Pyramiden

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  • Modern Ruins – Lohberg

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  • Modern Ruins – Fordlândia

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  • Modern Ruins – Detroit

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  • Modern Ruins – Lohberg

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  • Modern Ruins – Fordlândia

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  • Modern Ruins – Detroit

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  • Modern Ruins - Kolmanskop

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    13 August 2012 at 11:30 am

  • Modern Ruins - Piramida

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    14 August 2012 at 11:30 am

  • Modern Ruins - Lohberg

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    15 August 2012 at 10:45 am

  • Modern Ruins - Fordlandia

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    16 August 2012 at 11:30 am

  • Modern Ruins - Lohberg

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    29 April 2013 at 1:40 am

  • Modern Ruins – Detroit

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    12 May 2013 at 9:15 pm

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    30 May 2013 at 12:00 am

  • Modern Ruins - Lohberg

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  • Modern Ruins - Fordlândia

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    02 June 2013 at 5:30 am

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    10 August 2013 at 4:50 pm

  • Modern Ruins – Fordlândia

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    11 August 2013 at 3:55 am

  • Modern Ruins - Kolmanskop

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    01 October 2013 at 10:15 pm

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  • Modern Ruins - Fordlåndia

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  • Modern Ruins - Piramida

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  • Modern Ruins - Lohberg

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  • Modern Ruins - Fordlândia

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  • Modern Ruins - Detroit

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  • Modern Ruins - Piramida

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  • Modern Ruins - Lohberg

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  • Modern Ruins - Fordlåndia

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  • Modern Ruins - Kolmanskop

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    02 November 2013 at 1:30 pm

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  • Modern Ruins - Lohberg

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    23 November 2013 at 4:55 pm

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    24 November 2013 at 4:00 am

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    07 February 2014 at 4:10 pm

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  • Modern Ruins - Kolmanskop

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  • Modern Ruins - Lohberg

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  • Modern Ruins - Fordlândia

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  • Modern Ruins - Detroit

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  • Modern Ruins Fordlândia – Henry Ford’s Jungle Utopia

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    26 February 2015 at 6:30 am

  • Modern Ruins Detroit - Hope for the Motor City

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  • Moderne Ruinen - Piramida

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    10 July 2015 at 4:00 pm

  • Ruhrtriennale Festival shows "Modern Ruins" (Lohberg & Detroit)

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    02 September 2015 at 8:00 pm

  • Modern Ruins - Kolmanskop

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  • Modern Ruins – Lohberg

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  • Modern Ruins – Fordlândia

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  • Modern Ruins - Detroit

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  • Modern Ruins - Kolmanskop

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