The room installation shows 7 processed sheets of paper hanging from the ceiling by a thread. Every breeze created by a passing visitor causes the sheets of paper to rotate, so that they cannot always be seen in their entirety. The result is an overall picture that is fragmentary and constantly changing – just like a memory.
An old family album is filled with personal spiritual connections to the past: letters, pictures, words…. It is an attempt to reconstruct the past with the means of the present. But how much truth is there in it? And how much utopia?
The greater the distance in time and place to the past, the more the truth is reduced to the essential – a metaphor about space and time, about home and childhood.
The headscarf is a symbol. It tells of femininity and oppression, of tradition and religion, of yesterday and tomorrow. The headscarf plays an important role in many societies. In fact, the black headscarf is the most striking thing I remember from my childhood as a member of the German minority in Romania. It was a visible sign of marriage and “Germanness”. The headscarf still accompanies me in my life today: socially, politically, personally.
This work is available as a physical object or video.
A joint project with Antje Fischer and Marlies Achermann-Gisinger.
The handwritten, analogue postcard is a relic today – in the age of SMS and email.
In September 2014, we decided to start a joint postcard art project for the year 2015. Each of us was to design one postcard per day, free choice of technique and free choice of theme – that was the brief.
This video installation was also created within this framework. The visual source material is photographs of the backs of postcards, written on or blank, with traces of editing. The acoustic material is “field recordings” in our local post offices. This resulted in a sound composition of random or typical noises, dialogues and alienation elements.