Title: Crossing
Duration: 4:40 (looped)
Date: 2005

Crossing consists of continuous footage shot on Walpurgisnacht, April 30th 2005, at the Hexentanzplatz (witches dancefloor), a high peak above the Harz Mountain town of Thale in Germany.

On Walpurgisnacht, an old pagan festival, witches are believed to ride on broomsticks and he-goats to places of old pagan sacrifices in the Harz Mountains, especially to Brocken, the highest point in the mountains.

During the DDR period the border between East and West Germany divided the Harz Mountains. The Brocken, site of the worlds first tv tower, was surrounded by a concrete wall and became a high security Soviet military base.

At the Hexentanzplatz the camera was positioned on the narrow path connecting the fairground area with the mountain viewing platform. Through this path visitors, many dressed as witches and satanic figures, would pass backwards and forwards throughout the night.

Soundtrack: edited excerpt from Modest Mussorgsky's 'Night on Bald Mountain'


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