"The Cold War wasn't won by missiles; it was won by people like you and your husband. It was the arts of the free world that kept leaking through until it became the flood that broke down the Berlin Wall."

Everyone knows that Yoko Ono didn't break up the Beatles; the Fab Four themselves wanted to split by the end of the '60s. Yet a conspiracy theory persists that Ono had been planted by a Japanese corporation to destroy the band. Weren't the Americans лл their hardware industry rapidly sinking and hopes for their intellectual properties as the main commodity of the 21st century rising лл more likely to profit from their absence?

The year is 1999. The place: a city in the Northern Hemisphere. Rock widow Y. surfs the Web looking for shadows of her dead husband, the (Former) Artist Known as John. Through an encounter with Andrea, a young journalist with wild ideas about art and technology, and with Daniel Mohn, the visionary founder and CEO of Monosoft, she begins to find her way through the post-Cold War world, where maps are redrawn with sugar and glass.

Shot entirely on Digital 8 in Los Angeles, Berlin, Tokyo, Liverpool, Death Valley and Ho Chi Minh City, and pieced together on a desktop, the no-budget film features songs by Yoko Ono, Dieter Moebius (Cluster) and Michael Rother (Kraftwerk), Anna Homler and the Dark Bob, with the onscreen participation of many other art- and Krautrock luminaries.

Ascending to the frontal lobe of the Western psyche as a creative, political and sexual being just 25 years after WWII, Ono presented a huge threat, even to the "enlightened" members of the '60s counterculture. The Heart of No Place's disclaimer/dedication begins: "Although the following story is a work of fiction, it was thoroughly inspired by the life and work of Yoko Ono, who changed the way we view art, music, celebrity and, above all, Japanese women..."


The Heart of No Place, Rika Ohara