The city we live in consists of much more than what we directly experience, and the program dealing with this idea "naturally" turns out to be divers and colourful. The things we see, the social environment we live in and experience is only one part of our "life in the city". The other part consists of news, media, stories, gossip, and an increasing number of images, shared and received on public and private channels. Thus, life in the city (let's call it a specific city: Berlin, Hamburg, London, L.A., or Singapor, you name it) does not turn into a storyline, I don't live "the story of my life", but it turns into a multifaceted image. As a consequence, we might say, city life in large parts is made of private and public, shared and unshared imaginations.
The program starts with dark scenes from imagined city life, the animation of "Silent Circles"; followed by the silent, forgotten or hidden stories of "Here" and "Depth of Whisper"; then the tracing of local stories in the city on one side real in "I never told you what I do for a living", or otherwise poetic in "Filmpoem 15, Slow Wave through the City"; the reuse of common narratives of pop culture in "Go West", "Myths of Everyday" and "Transit"; and even apocalyptic visions based on real disasters like Chernobyl / Pripyat and Fukushima shape the vision we have of the city we live in, and of other cities. The reactions might differ, we may feel the need to find places to cry in silence ("Crying in our cars"), or we may feel the urge to visit the places of nuclear disaster (Fantasma Pripyat), however, both are realities of real lives born in imaginations.
And, what about the fish travelling the city in a glass bowl?