3sat Documentary by Aljoscha Pause: What does it look like to give up a well-paid job to change the world? – media – society

Changing awareness of art and declaring war on the established art market – this is the stated goal of the network, curator, artist and former banker Bernhard Zunkeler, the protagonist of a very unusual documentary film project by an extraordinary filmmaker. Aljoscha Pause has been working on his ‘Art of a State of Mind’ for nearly ten years, which will air 3SAT at Peak Marathon on Saturday.

Ten years of production and six hours of broadcasting for a TV documentary, where else is that? Isn’t he just an artist declaring war on the market, but also a documentary filmmaker in the short-lived TV business, where 30-45 minute late-night documentaries are the order of the day?

You don’t know what should surprise you more: about the audacity (also financial) of the film’s hero, who suddenly changes his career to travel the world and change things with art, or about the filmmaker. Pause has made a name for herself with documentaries like “Tom Meets Zizou” or “Being Mario Götze”. From football stars to artist trips. (“Art is a state of mind”, 3 Sat, Saturday, six episodes from 8:15 pm and in the media library.)

It takes a little courage to embark on such a journey, Pause tells Tagesspiegel. “I’ve already done some long-term studies and I always feel that this completely open model really appeals to me.” In his current series, writer Cornelia Funk says, “I never want to know the end. I always let the story come to me. I think any kind of creativity works like getting into a maze. And what you’re looking for is trying to hide itself.”

The author still remembers the moment Funke told him this in an interview. “Something clicked on for me. The written stuff always turns me off. This was also one of the reasons I sought out such a detailed approach and found it myself.” Of course, this situation makes it difficult to gain collaborators for such a documentary in advance.

“To me, that’s a bit of a misnomer.”

In the long run, Pause says, it’s difficult if not impossible to convince platforms, broadcasters, or sponsors right from the start. “The risk is too great for them and the goal is too abstract. Even if someone has as much experience at these distances as me. Projects will only be possible if I take the full risk of myself.”

Of course, every feature-length documentary always features dry spells. “And here I mean really a long way: up to ten years.” The endowment has often seen recently, also and especially with public broadcasters, those documentaries for which a politician accompanied for three months were sold as a long-term study.

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“To me, this is a bit of a misnomer. If you really go through many years, the uncontrollable things that companies focused on strong business can’t count.”

It was worth it for the director and the audience. But you need to be able to engage with a man for more than six hours, commenting on his actions and his comrades commenting on him. We have been following Bernard Zunkeler for nine years as he builds his own art collective and establishes a global network with like-minded people between Berlin, Los Angeles and Havana, where there are also flashpoints and problems with the Cuban regime.

The commercial lawyer had previously quit his high paying job at a large bank in order to devote himself to his true passion: art. If you really want to live the art, take an absolute risk, according to the 57-year-old’s dogma.

His goal is not only self-discovery, but no less than changing the world with art, to confront the art market, which sees art primarily as an investment, with its vision of socially effective art.

If you accept this utopia and accept one or two repetitions, the story follows itself.Aljoscha Pause adds nothing more, but also nothing less than contemplative images, his own approach and sensitive handling of radically creative people. Weekend TV tip: binge watch documentaries!

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