Cinema in the Digital Age

2010 split-screen edit of the 2001 video installation (55 min, sorry, not subtitles yet)

Jan Speckenbach / Birk Weiberg
DCX. Deine Welt in meinen Tränen
DCX. Your World in My Tears's offline-project DCX is a film on three screens. The installation is developing new structures for a digital cinema. Via Internet the editing and the story is modified daily.

Though he mistrusts his competitor Jürgen, Robert agrees, to a merger of their companies due to his friendship with the economy lawyer Eckard. Jürgen's wife and assistant Lydia falls in love with Eckard. The latter abstains from his lover when Jürgen experiences increasing pressure from the shareholders. But Lydia's support for her husband proves to be too late.


The narration is distributed among three screens, between which the viewer can move freely. The cinematic montage is transferred into space. Shots that follow each other in the cinema, can be shown simultaneously and create with their structure a virtual space of action.

The footage will be re-edited daily and the story will always be told in a different way. The viewer watches a movie that only exists here and now and will be lost the next day. By adding, taking away and re-editing scenes the narration is modified. Single motives of the story are once emphasized and then fall back into total irrelevance. Different styles of montage are confronted in their mode of action. The installation tries to bridge between cinematic and multimedia approaches. By changing the narrative context the single shots get a new connotation. DCX regards itself as an open work whose final form is constant metamorphosis.

The detachment from analog storage media and the separation of video and editing data allows dynamic presentations of sounds and images. The installation receives its up-to-date editing data via Internet. This binding permits the parallel setup at several locations. The space is designed for its reproduction.

October 5 - November 10, 2001
Galerie K&S
Berlin, Germany
October 10 - November 9, 2001
C3 - Center for Culture & Communication
Budapest, Hungary
October 23 - 27, 2002
VIPER Festival
Basel, Switzerland


Jan Speckenbach / Birk Weiberg
DCX. Deine Welt in meinen Tränen
In cooperation with
Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe
Galerie K&S Berlin
C3 - Center for Culture & Communication Budapest

Niels Bormann, Andrea Rappel, Stephan Lewetz, Robert Lohr and Melanie Rohde

Uwe Teske, Birk Weiberg,
Michelle Bossy, Jan Speckenbach

Cristóbal Saavedra

Supported by

Koppfilm Savoy Hotel Berlin Regus Treviso
Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz
Mercedes-Benz Niederlassung Berlin
Stiftung Preußische Schlösser und Gärten Berlin-Brandenburg

Thanks to
Margit Rosen, Klaus Speckenbach, Peter Weibel, Karen Wendland (Casting), Kirsten Vagiannis (ZBF), Klaus Dobbrick, Ika Szope, Miriam Bers, Hanna Posch (ICC Berlin), Jörg Landgraf, Andreas Eberlein, Verena Vargas, Frank Vetter, Christina Marx