Your career to date has spanned many art forms including film, photography and music. Can you tell us what your very first memory of working within the art world is?
That was probably the photography and filming in the early 80s. Then in 1985, with my other comrades-in-arms, I was also able to show our film art to a selected audience for the first time with the founding of the underground film group FESA (Feige Sau). In 1988, with the founding of the band FREUNDE DER ITALIENISCHEN OPER (FRIENDS OF ITALIAN OPERA), music and acting were added, as we were engaged for Wolfgang Engel’s “Faust I and II” production at the Staatschauspiel Dresden in 1989, and I was also allowed to play the role of Euphorion.
In 1986 you were part of a group who organized the first illegal film festival in Dresden with over 100 visitors. What were your original predictions of how the festival would go? What is your memory of the event itself?
Of course, we knew we couldn’t do an official film festival, so we held everything in our 120-square-meter old apartment and cleared out our stucco parquet salon for it. Invitations were only issued to people we thought we knew. Of course, someone always brought a friend…and so on. In the end, there were over a hundred people in the apartment, some of whom stood on tables and chairs all the way out into the hallway. But the Volkspolizei only showed up after the performances and all the guests, supplied with drinks, were standing in the apartment discussing and carrying out occasional identity checks. Two of the guests were later unmasked as IMs, but no idea what they told their commanding officers.