FIRE: Safe & Sound is one of the outcomes of visual artist Alona Rodeh’s artist residency at the Berlin Fire Brigade. Interested in what role firefighting plays in the city’s day-to-day emergencies, for nine months Rodeh joined the fire brigade on their 24-hour shifts. This publication, edited by the artist, includes four new essays by professionals who tackle the subject from different perspectives, together giving a sense of the current state of the subject matter. They are Thöre Schröder, a journalist, Gilly Karjevsky, a curator working in the urban sphere, Kristen McCleary, a professor of history, and Bruce Hensler, a retired firefighter with 41 years of experience. The booklet’s epilog is a photo essay compiled from the archives of the Berlin Fire Brigade: documentations of self-caused accidents of with Berlin fire engines.
FIRE: Safe & Sound was made possible with the support of ZK/U (Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik), the initiators of the Artist Dis-Placement Residency at the fire brigade in the framework of the Artecitya project, co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union, the Berlin Fire Brigade and the Berlin Senat Department of Culture and Europe.
Gilly Karjevsky, Thore Schöder, Kristen McCleary, Bruce Hensler and Ulrike Meinhoff
Softcover book, 94 pages, 21 x 29,7 cm