Photography action at the Ruhr-University Bochum on October 1-2, 2010

Presentation in the context of the conference "Football & Gender", Bochum 2019

The presentation Spiel*feld was developed for the interdisciplinary conference "Fußball & Geschlecht" at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum. The conference was mainly attended by soccer and fan researchers*, as well as people active in fan projects. During the breaks, these visitors were able to view the photo series displayed on tables.

At an additional station, everyone could choose a poster and take it home. This offer was connected with the request to send me a short text about associations to the chosen motif or a documentary photo of the place where the poster was hung after the conference. This request facilitated the exchange about the works.

Kreuzberg, in front of the bakery, 27.10.2015, 7.40 h

thrown away, picked up.
Collection of paper objects, since 2013

For several years I have been collecting slips of paper with handwritten notes or drawings that are left in shopping baskets, on the street or elsewhere on the floor. These are, for example, shopping lists, lists of tourist places, directions, children's drawings or poems. Depending on the content, one can speculate whether the paper was lost, thrown away or deliberately forgotten. In addition to providing a random glimpse into human ways and activities, some messages also say something about the feelings and relationships of the person who inscribed or inscribed the paper.

One appeal of this collection lies in its material worthlessness, as evidenced by the fact that someone let go of the paper objects at a particular moment. And that it then probably took a while for someone else to pick up that trail, that is, to pick up the now dusty or dirty piece of paper. Apart from cataloging and reproducing the original slips of paper, some places will be revisited: There, passers-by are asked to comment on the message found there, which find their way into the object archive.

Rain, Berlin

to the place.
Landscape photographs, since 2006

to the place addresses the problem of photographing nature or landscape today. In the history of landscape representation, images of organic environments have often been used to evoke homely or romantic feelings and create bonds, but also to draw boundaries.

The series reflects moments that move between an actualized fascination and a desire to disrupt the visual regime.

Storage Service, August 2017

Fade in.
Photographs of advertising and merchandise, since 2004

This collection of outdoor advertisements, taken incidentally on my daily routes for several years, features discriminatory depictions of women. I began the series as a way to engage, rather than ignore, with images that claimed access to a female-socialized self. Over time, through documentation, I took a look at the connection between images of men and women, as well as racist and other stereotypes.

When 150 or more motifs are installed side by side in an exhibition, this work initially creates an imposition for viewers. Afterwards, it often triggers conversations: about images that are too much for different viewers and too close, about attractiveness and the boundary between sexiness and sexism, about "good taste" and symbolic violence.

"Fade In" proves that current advertising is still based on sexism and racism, even if it pretends to be schooled in emancipatory debates when, for example, it sets itself up as an advocate for sexually liberated women.

Warm-up exercises of the Japanese team- Algarve Cup 2012

Free space.
Photo series, Training, 2002, 2011-18

Free spaceseeks an alternative visual language in the genre of sports photography. Repeatedly depicted are pitch scenes and spatial distributions in smaller stadiums where women's soccer often takes place. Motifs documenting warm-ups in the run-up to the game or a time-out in the game can also be seen here. The long-term series is usually created while traveling and is the result of a dual approach as a fan and amateur player.


A Tree/Body/Trouble of One´s Own, Installation at Kunstraum Kreuzberg, 2007

A Tree, Body, Trouble of One´s Own.
Room installation, Brussels/Berlin 2006/7

The work A Tree/Body/Trouble of One´s Own is about the comfort or discomfort with one's own gender. The voices reproduce passages from interviews in which computer scientists, technicians, artists and scientists talk about logic, gender and the production of truth.

The exclusivity of bipolar systems that affect both gender and logic is presented and explored here through audio and visual materials.
In Brussels, the installation occupied a space bounded by four columns. Where the columns merged into the ceiling vault, sexology diagrams were projected so that the columns, thus provided with "crowns," became structural trees of gender studies. In the center of this arboretum of gender stood a "real" tree with small loudspeakers attached to its branches. Man_Woman could sit down on the bench by the tree to listen to the voices that sounded from the loudspeakers

The desk of A. Possaner, 2002
Life as an Operating System.
A Real World Research, Graz 2002/3

I interviewed and portrayed computer workers from various professional fields (3D visualization, architecture, game design, computer science, music, statistics...) to shed light on concepts of reality and their shifts.

From the collected sound material a radio play was created in 3 parts on the topics:
1) enter, shift or talking to the computer,
2) copy-paste, undo, control or the influence of computer commands on thinking,
3) space, escape or living conditions in cyberspace.

Nana, the Nanny (video still), 1997

Peter Pan.
Video essay, Hamburg 1997

The film is composed of two storylines: the freely realized story of Peter Pan, the boy who wouldn?t grow up, and interviews with children and young people. The leitmotif is the shadow.
The story of Peter Pan is told in pictures. For this, drawings were animated by colored light, cardboard figures and shadow plays.

A fleeting shadow. This is the beginning of the story of Peter, the eternal boy, and Wendy Darling, who finally grows up.
Peter's shadow is left behind as he flees the Darling family's nursery. Wendy's mother finds it, rolls it up, and stows it in the drawer. The shadow disappears into the darkness.

This video is about childhood and its end.
Five young people, ages 10 to 28, were interviewed about the desire to remain a child and the observation of when adulthood begins. Is it a gradual transition or are there key moments?
Peter returns to have his shadow reattached by Wendy. Peter, Wendy and their brothers fly away out the window into the night.

"Only children who think of something beautiful can fly."

One Minute, 1991
One Minute Portraits.
Photographic action in the elevator to the upper town, Marburg 1991

This series was taken in the Marburg passenger elevator, which took just under a minute to get from the lower to the upper town. It was used by a wide variety of people.

I set up a rule: In the minute of travel time, my task was to address the respective passengers and win them over for a portrait, and also to take a photo before the elevator door opened again. From the results you can see different reactions, more or less direct looks into the camera, and sometimes also the typical elevator situation in which all people look past each other.