"ART HISTORY" Project 1990-1996

In the Art History Project, selected paintings were projected on the bodies of the models, using a conventional slide projector. The projection deforms the painting's composition and so offers place for irony and comment. Cibachrome enlargements have been exhibited in Amsterdam, Munich, Leipzig, Zürich, Madrid, among others. Read more

"Portraits africains" 1992-1993

Experiments with the projection of traditional African textile patterns on the skin of models with African roots. This resulted in a series of strong, expressive portraits and nude studies, exhibited for the first time in Gallery Africain in Munich-Schwabing in 1992/93. A series of framed and matted portraits was donated to the University Hospital of the Ludwigs-Maximilian-University in Munich.

"Ad Maiorem Dei Gloriam" (A.M.D.G.) 1993

Following an invitation to do a solo exhibition at the "Kunstpavillon", the permanent Gallery of the Artist Trade Union in Munich, the A.M.D.G. series was created. Dealing with the ambiguities  of the Catholic faith, this series consisted of projections (like in "ART HISTORY"), over-lifesize black-and-whites, as well as a large tryptichon showing a (female) Christ, Mary and Mary Magdalen.
The show was on for four weeks at this central city location.

"Rodin PHOTO Project" 1992-2001

The Rodin Photo Project deals with the works of the French sculptor Auguste Rodin ( 1840 - 1917). It explores the possibility - or impossibility - to re-create the nude poses that were the basis of Rodin's sculptures and drawings. To Rodin, Nature - and especially the sensuality of the female body - was the most important source of inspiration. To reconstruct Rodin's view of Art means to work with the living model, with its individual possibilities, instead of trying to produce precise duplicates of a pre-conceived form. Like the "Art History" project, the Rodin Photo Project asks for the origin of artistic creation.

From 1992-1998, over 80 girls and women volunteered as models in this long-term photo project. Part of the photographs resulted from improvisation, from the spontaneous movements or typical gestures of the model. Selected motifs were elaborately developed as silver gelatine and gum bichromate prints. In 1998, the results were exhibited in the Art History Institute of the Bonn University, Germany, and of part of the exhibition "Sculpture in the Light of Photograpy," (Wilhelm-Lehmbruck-Museum in Duisburg, in the Musée d'Art et d'Histoire in Fribourg, Switzerland and the Sammlung Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig in Vienna).

The gum bichromate technique is an old art print technique of the 19th century. Every print is made individually by multiple exposure and developing processes and is a unique piece. Several examples are now in the collections of the Wilhelm-Lehmbruck-Museum Duisburg, The State Gallery Moritzburg in Halle/Saale, the City Gallery Jena and in the Nürnberg Artotheque.

"Indian Delegation in Munich"  - Portraits of indian leaders 1992

During the year 1992, celebrated as the "Columbus Year" all over the world, a delegation of Indians, consisting of the eldest or spiritual leaders of their North American and Mexican tribes, visited political leaders in Germany. They pointed out that America already possessed a rich native culture before Columbus "discovered" the continent and emphasised the need for peaceful cultural exchange. The portraits were taken at the Munich Town Hall, by invitation from the organising committee. The cibacromes were later exhibited by the Ethnological Museum in Munich, and eventually donated to this institution. Another series of framed and matted prints was presented to the "Association for International Understanding - Kanto de la Tierra".

"The Sarasvati Experience" 1997

This experiment draws back to personal experience with body performances as practiced in the "Vol Sap" artist community in Amsterdam in the early Eighties, inspired by Viennese Actionism. 

In late summer of 1997, a glass house in the Botanikum in Munich was used to host an artistic happening with Sophie Prinz and Nicole Dyba. Sunflower oil, liquid clay, fruits and juices were used in a mostly improvised sensual interaction between the participants, again to explore the relation between Art and Nature, between form and desire. Documented on video.

"Standing ovation" - Performance / Video Project 2001

Interactive video project, designed and produced by the Czech video artist Jakub Morawek. The performance shows a seated audience, showing neutral interest, then sympathy, applause, finally euphoric frenzy. By going back and forth on a wired carpet, visitors watching the life-size video screen can trigger various phases to be displayed and experience being "famous for fifteen minutes" (Warhol). 

Role of main actor.

Morawek's project, created to obtain the Master's degree at the Munich Art Academy,  has won various prices and in Berlin attracted the interest of the Sprengel Museum, Hannover.

"Art-Forum.org" - Web Publishing Project 1999-2001

To present the portfolio created in the 1990's within the context of contemporary nude photography, ART-FORUM.org was programmed as a non-commercial Internet platform, attracting up to 800,000 web visitors yearly. Due to massive abuse of its interactive functions by spammers, it gradually lost its planned function as a networking tool. After ten years, it is now replaced by this much simpler design.

 

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