Chapter I : The Thinking
Shifting / 2015-19
about 50 fineart prints 30x30 cm - 85x85 cm (sheet 50x50 cm - 100x100 cm)/ framed in variable dimensions, ed. 5+2 AP (more pictures upon request)
The work 'Shifting' is a multiannual project, supported by the LWL - Landschaftsverband Westfalen Lippe and realised in cooperation with the Freilichtmuseum Detmold between 2015-2018. The open-air museum in Detmold is one of Europe’s major institutions of its kind and showcases round about 120 different buildings. 'Shifting' is dedicated to the interior of the museum. The body of work consists of about 50 photographs, furthermore an additional book project is planned for the near future.
Therefore the work is spread in six different chapters: The Thinking, The Fear, The Joy, The Fury, The Sadness and The Curiosity, which are more or less the main human basic emotions. Cultural scientific and psychoanalytical, the house and each of its forms is a crystallization point of a basal ambivalent autonomy-dependency conflict. On this basis, the selection and arrangement of the individual images and chapters follows an exclusively artistically subjective perception of the place and creates a personal reality.
The most interesting 'hard' fact of the buildings at the open-air museum is, that original historical buildings were deconstructed from a further place and rebuilt in Detmold. The furnishings, consequently the museum representation, consists out of original historical objects, but these haven’t been in the rooms before, though they come from the museum’s collection instead. The visitors themselves almost have the experience as if one could live in the rooms directly. Furthermore many of the buildings aren’t open to the public. Effectively the museum houses completely staged realities, existing like a parallel universe, that will be seen, entered or recognized only seldom if ever.
The term shifting, is translated as translocation (Translozierung in German), if you search in the terminology of the built heritage conservation discurs. The project investigates this process of shifting in a diverse manner. In the photographs an overlay of space, history, staging and new reality is happening.