My Personal contact.-Lightning powder on the object: magnetic fingerprint powder Touchzone. Withdrawn and digitized.
The "Waschgang" (Washing cycle) from the year 2010, hold up a mirror to society, focusing in particular on the so-called "white-washing" in front of an aging, no longer very attractive background of the former Weimar slaughterhouse grounds. A white laundry hanging in a row contrasts with the dark and dirthy background. As the laundry gradually becomes soiled, a "refreshing" effect is achieved by spraying a fragrance spray on it, symbolic of the concealment and "fine-tuning" of critical situations and wrong actions with the appearance of being completely white and pure.
In the department stores, a group of people chose the same clothing and positioned themselves in military formations. The question arises: Do we live in a dress code despite all the individuality, what does individuality mean in the 21st century?
Money is a means of exchange that, on account of its general acceptance for further trade for goods, can be traded for a product. The power of money has an effect on the behavior and thinking of social groups or people. It can be oppressive or also addictive, an incitement to jealousy or envy. Money is a thing with symbolic value that can nevertheless be an incendiary bomb generating devastation and violence, along with all types of firearms, nuclear weapons and the new dimension of cyber weaponry like "Stuxnet". For the work Kaliber 50 Cent, 150 50-cent coins will be taken out of the economic cycle and melted into 50 brass bullets for small arms, producing a limited edition of cartridges. Each bullet weighs about 8.3 grams. The bullets can be purchased for 50€ each, and each buyer has the possibility to choose which number in the edition he/she wants and to have it engraved with a word or his/her name.
Disassembled parts of what was once works of art and the odds and ends of presentations in art exhibitions, in garbage bags.
*Sample photo. Quantity is variable.*
The Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky was called to the Bauhaus in Weimar in 1922 as a teacher, where he was one of the most important and formative teachers. In his almost eleven years at the school, he developed his ideas on art theory and taught them to his students in the classroom.
For three years he led u.a. the workshop for wall painting and taught in the preliminary course "Abstract Form Elements" and "Analytical Drawing".
The dance curves of Wassiliy Kandinsky from 1926 which he gave to the dancer Gret Palucca are hominized in "Mommyposition" and reinterpreted.
Empirical social research with own emotional tears, collected and frozen to ice cubes.
For the project entitled Deposit, the artist collected bank notes of European nations' former currencies, those countries which now belong to the Eurozone. She scanned the reverse sides, shrank the motifs, and printed the nearly-forgotten symbols on canvas. Do you recognize the motifs of the German twenty-Mark notes? These once-integral components of European identities have, in the space of a few years, become decals.
The slaughterhouse is a ruin; each time, traces of its use in years past have emerged. In encountering the slaughterhouse, there are ever more pieces of new graffiti. Through their free presence in the space, they dominate the atmosphere of the slaughterhouse. The slaughterhouse building complex was built in the style of the Italian Reniassance Palazzi. Sprayers of the graffiti in the slaughterhouse have been identified. They were instructed according to my specifications to frame selected graffiti pieces and to fill in with white paint. For this they received a fee of 100 Euro.)
Through the sprayed picture frames, the graffiti are connected with the character which typifies the building style. Under every emerging graffiti-picture come the words of the graffiti, dimensions, and my tag-name FB81520 (initials of my first and last names, last three digits of my matriculation number).
Seger Bombeck created the Reformation Carpet in 1555. The tapestry represents Martin Luther as one of the church’s fathers and a faithful witness, highlighting the redemptive act of Christ as the central event in the history of the salvation. A hovering angel wears a board with citations of Christ's victory over death and the devil. In the decades of wars during the 16th century, Catholics were fighting the reformed countries. The tapestry depicts the use of religion in both war and struggle. Until about 1900, these images served as news agents.
The Release is a reinterpretation of the tapestry which refers to the current situation in the Middle East, in the form of a triptych, further allowing a religious interpretation and showing the spreading of faith through warfare. Starting with a hostage-taking by DAESH ( “The Islamic State"), a bombing with the use of weapons, Kalashnikovs were used in almost every known armed conflict since the Second World War.
Furthermore, the engagement of mainly Christian countries suggests European responsibility. The images were selected from the digital news world. The background of the tapestry which uses plant ornamentation and bird metaphors represents the bitter feud within Protestantism about the doctrine of justification and is woven into the images of the triptych of “The Release.” In armed conflicts, religion is not only a means of propaganda, as shown in the tapestry and the triptych, but it is used by belligerent states for motivation as they allude to promises like salvation and life after death. The ornamentation in the tapestry, which is further employed in "The Release", builds a bridge between the past and present situations in Europe.
Psarapoula originated on the Greek island, Hydra. Franziska Becher criticises the commercialisation of this lovely island, by unifying the islanders again for a brief moment and returning their identity through the simultaneous, multiplex playback of the original version of the traditional folk song, “Psarapoula.” The artist was successful in moving 27 café and restaurant owners to play the original version of the song promptly at 16:00, and in allowing the inhabitants of the island to once again be conscious of their identity and solidarity. From the owner of one location:
“Through the song, you have brought the shattered back together again, our tradition!”
Hear Psarapoula: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2lWNia5glYI
Business Out Fit, 2017, is the new fashion line from the fashion label Personal Artist*. Fotos: Claus Bach
The significance of entrepreneurs and managers is highly influential and formative for the capitalist system. The Fashion line raises the question of "who is” or “who can " assume the function of the wearable "Business Out Fit". One L/XL Suit is equipped with security strips that are glow in the dark. The strips are displayed within a recognizable dress code and working clothes are introduced. "Business Out Fit" is an Out and represents a statement. By repeating dressing styles, one experiences the recognition that ideologies , ideas , ideals , and affiliations are so deeply ingrained, showing how working clothes restrict many different areas of activity.