A book with poetry, written for Lucie Tarun in 1927 by her school friends and teachers. I put the pages into glasses to find a way to revitalize these memories, like fruits are conserved after harvest for the winter, saving them from falling into oblivion.
Favourite Doorbells – Walk of Philosophers
Intervention in public space, Rüdersdorf / Berlin, Germany 2016
A hiking tour from Rüdersdorf to Berlin- Kreuzberg, distance: about 35 kilometers. I carry 32 concrete casts of doorbells with names of female philosophers. I ask local people if they would agree to have one of these objects on the front door of their houses. Sometimes there are no houses at all. In this case I put one on a tree in the forest or on the wall of a tunnel. Some houses have so many names that I don't know whom I should ask, so I add my fake doorbell to the real ones. Imagine you would meet Hildegard von Bingen in a Kreuzberg backyard!
Impressions of walls, machine parts and rocks in the Museum Park Rüdersdorf. Technical features that have lost their meanings long time ago. Fading memories, like dreams, dancing fragments from the past.
Dreams / Petrozavodsk
Installation, Kalevala Theatre, Petrozavodsk, Russia 2016
During a four week long stay as artist-in-residence in Petrozavodsk I created a large scale installation in a public space together with approximately fifty local people. They participated with artworks, texts and personal items, related to their personal dreams in all kinds of meanings. The installation emerged like a dream itself. Strange connections appeared, never intended by anyone, but surprisingly diverse and powerful.
Refugees, newly arrived in Stuttgart. 135 of them were living in a nearby sports hall for more than seven months. No privacy, a lot of noise, no sheltered space for the kids, bad food. Some of them were talking about themselves... They allowed me to take photos with a handmade pinhole cam.
Collaboration with Anna Neizvestnova, kinetic Installation, Flacon Design Center, Moscow, Russia, 2015
Project for the exhibition "Topography Of Reality“ - Parallel programme of 6. Moscow Biennale of contemporary art. Curator: Lana Zaytseva
The "Dance of Death" was originally a species of spectacular mystery play. It has been traced back to the middle of the fourteenth century. The epidemics so frequent and so destructive at that time, such as the Black Death, brought before popular imagination the subject of death and its universal sway. The dramatic movement then developing led to its treatment in the dramatic form.
No matter one's station in life, the Dance of Death unites all. The Danse Macabre consists of the dead, sometimes personified death, summoning representatives from all walks of life to dance along to the grave, typically with a pope, emperor, child, and labourer. They dance to remind people of the fragility of their existence and how vain were the glories of earthly life.
The kinetic installation „Danse Macabre“ shows a transformation of the traditional subject into a contemporary setting. The characters are meant to be representatives of the present society. They perform their duties and have the fate to repeat their predetermined choreography endlessly.
Danse Macabre Flacon
Beyond the River
Installation in public space, Leveld, Norway, 2015
They allowed me to share their thoughts and memories with them.
Most of them grew up on farms and spent the bigger part of their lives in Leveld. They have a lot of things in common: All of them told me that they have had a good childhood: ski tours and hiking in the mountains, playing in the nature, good friends and good teachers. All of them have had hard working parents. From early age the children had to help a lot with the daily work. Some of them have experienced real poverty: no money to buy food in the store, no toys. And school was only three days a week!
Stories of the past and the meaning of living here now, being parents and grandparents. An enormous hoard of life experience and hope for the future!
This installation contains fragments of all that: Portraits of my amazing interview partners - and a shelf with a collection of their personal memories, photos, names and texts. Thus, they are saved from oblivion. A fragile and ephemeral documentation of ten individual lives. And part of the collective memory of the village.
Project with "Hit The Beat" and Waldorfschool Windhoek, Namibia, 2015
AIDS is still one of the main causes of death in Namibia. Only about 10% of the affected population has access to the vital medication. Victims are not only the infected themselves, but also their children. Estimates indicate numbers from 85,000 to 250,000 AIDS orphans and HIV-infected children.
Thirty students sew flags. Messages for a future without AIDS. Hope for the next generation.
Installation, Kunst und Kultur im Schtadl 6, Kippel, Switzerland, 2014
Documentation of a hiking tour from Stuttgart to Kippel, shown as a kinetic installation.
A collection of gifts. Souvenirs from people I met on my way to Switzerland.
Walking distance: 421 Kilometer
Duration: 16 days
Weier im Emmental
Reichenbach im Kandertal
Comrade Director Dinu Dobre
Installation in public space, Inside Zone Festival, Borsec, Romania, 2014
A travertin quarry in Romania. Abandoned long time ago. Polished white surfaces, like sheets of paper, waiting for the writings of Comrade Director Dinu Dobre. Narratives about the past, when workers cut the rocks for metro stations and theatres in the capital. Photos: Ida Andrae & Caro Krebietke
Poetry of Fine Waters
Project in public space, Inside Zone Festival, Borsec, Romania, 2014
The poem "Well Holes" by Nicola Yeeles moving in the mineral water sources of Borsec, Transylvania. The natural, constantly changing water pressure and the different compositions of the water determine rhythm and pace of the movements.