Ulrike Müller and Carola Dertnig take only one minute to look, under somewhat different conditions, at the daily ritual of reading the newspaper. A media-critical perspective, considered a necessary prerequisite, plays only a secondary role. The center of attention is the potential emotional overdose that goes along with reading the news, reflected on here as an inter-subjective phenomenon. The camera remains focused for one minute on the endless stream of people coming out from a full subway, hurrying to work, in a major metropolis. Naturally, the day´s headlines are also there - consumed efficiently during the journey - to be disposed of once again in the designated "Newspaper Only"-container. A voice over comments on the bustle in a way that is as urgent as it is fleeting. Urgent, because it also reports in minute detail the conscious thoughts that go along with the act of reading the paper: "(…) and I start to read. I look at the text, black on white, because I do want to know (…). And I tell myself, not to take it personally, that staff is out there and you´re in here. (...) and isn´t it a peaceful morning, but it isn´t (...). And I start at the top, continue to the bottom headlines first. I tell myself not to take it personally, it is only the world out there, but somehow I always do...". The repetitive structure of the associative stream of consciousness corresponds with the glance each morning at the state of affairs of
the world, which evokes a daily emotional dilemma, which here, too, remains unresolved. But the trusted situation is fleeting and in the end the news remains behind in the subway until the next morning.
Translation: Lisa Rosenblatt