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Artist Statement


(2002)

Being artist currently it could shortly be described as being a producer of socio-political projects and ecological future-visions. Focused on redevelopment schemes among Art and Sciences - Environmental Art. In addition I am documentary photographer for art, architecture and politico-cultural events, consultant for art projects as well as politico-cultural meetings. As secretary and manager of the IKG/Internationales Künstlergremium - International Artists Committee -, member of the German Kunst- and Kulturrat, the Parliament of the Arts for German and European Cultural Affairs, Humanities, Art and Rights I committed myself to German and International Cultural Affairs and exchange programms .

My artistic work follows two directions, both rooted in a sense of social and political responsibility. One direction started in 1981 with an exploration of different aspects of nature. The second began in 1991 accompanying to "Operation Desert Storm", it's focal point: war, violence and destruction.

In retrospect my work: is still a kind of exploration of art & nature and ecology. Developed from sculptural works, interior related to architecture and site specific exterior, from environmental to conceptual pieces and current interdisciplinary biotechnological environments and interactive sculptures.

In 1982 I created sculptural works with leaves from 1981 to interior environments on architectural spaces. Parallel other botanical materials such as blossoms, buds and seeds were used. In 1985 for the first time I exhibited work with botanical materials especially designed for parks. One of the principles of my work had been to use materials that were not fixed or conserved. After being air-dried the botanical urban waste had been piled up, mounted up, stringed together, spread or stuffed to sculptural works and environments. It was important to do research about the kinds of materials I could find in season near the site of the project. Sometimes it was important using just one type of leaf. My interest in outdoor projects had been in the process of growing, spontaneous vegetation, or decomposition, reflecting urbanization of nature, historical and future visions of garden architecture.

Beginning in 1992 the content of my work dealt more conceptual with nature connected to tourism and the global economical situation. Now it's much more important to investigate how individuals can act in the interest of ecology. As an artist I became engaged in working with special places and situations. I had to feel free to use every material which seemed to express my way of thinking. I worked with multi-media, performance as well as traditional techniques, with photography and photo environments. I researched spaces, towns, traditions, politics and the spirit of the time.

In 1993 when I became attracted by the idea that one gourmet mushroom, species of oyster-mushrooms which have a unique ability to decompose soil contaminated by PCB (PCB = Polychlorierte Biphenylen/polychlorinated biphenyl) without getting toxic itself. Oyster-mushrooms mycellium is splitting off PCBs chemical structures into non-toxic substances which could be used to recultivate industrial ground contaminated by PCB and to decompose several waste. Could this knowledge be transfered to temporary site specific artworks designed for mostly industrial sites and former army bases? Serious projects created in 1994 had been designed for a new program of public art "site: S.F.A.I.", a moveable variation on "Observation of Oyster Mushrooms Between Outdoor and Shelter" had been developed for S.F.A.I. in spring 1996 and first presented in Arts Benicias "Postwaste" Exhibition during May 1996, later on a site of Oakland's harbour. January to May 1997 being a visiting professor in San FranciscoI I was working out special logistics for various presentations on different public sites like farmers markets, supermarkets, restaurants, botanical parcs. In 1997 a biotechnological environment "Oyster-mushroom growing experiment" had been presented at la cité the Museum of Science, Industry and Technology in Paris/France. A future vision is to create itemized systems of sewage plants for soil bioremediation by plants therefore I like researching and developing additional biological systems. A final aspect would be that art is becoming open to visions of awarness and responsibillity for environmental, social and political issues related to independent, interdisciplinary international network : co-operation of artists, scientists, media and economy by using eachs' potential of creativity for the future.

The future vision I am working on is to create a project orientated international travelling academy for the arts, ecology, environmental studies and journalism.

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