In a subway station in Berlin, people are seated on
benches opposite each other where one is often forced to uncomfortably stare at
or avert one’s glance from those opposite over a long period of time.
In U2 Korfmann captures the tension which results from this human proximity by
filming people seated in front of her in the subway in an explicitly
confrontational manner. The camera is focused on the faces of the people while
the filmmaker keeps her gaze at the screen. It results in an uncomfortable
situation for both filmmaker as well as commuter.
Yet nobody protests and no
questions are asked, even though some people do move away. The tense situation
one experiences in reality is expressed again through the resulting video,
although in a reinforced manner.