More and more people move into cities. In 1950 only 17% of the world population lived in cities, in the year 2007 the level exceeded the 50% mark for the first time and until 2050 the UN expect an increase up to 75%.Whereas mainly the metropolitan areas and mega-cities in Asia, Africa and Latin- America are concerned, also in Europe and North America the population pressure on cities increases. At the same time it is obvious that in view of climate change and limited resources this cannot continue as before, because the new human habitat consumes too much energy, has an enormous hunger and thirst and produces an enormous amount of waste. Within metropolitan areas the world’s battle for sustainability will be won or lost.
Side-Diploma at the hfg-offenbach
German cities struggle with housing shortage especially for students or families with low-income backgrounds.
Four drops of different water quality, microscope magnified 1000 times.
After Hans Liebmann 1951
Frostbites in Finland
Exhibition at 'Der Kleine Mann mit dem Blitz'
For Charles Darwin the bare skin is the most important sexual ornament of the human body. Over generations the whole body surface became sexualised. Even the invention of clothes did not counteract this trend. On the contrary, clothes were used as an additional element of sexual attraction. Parts of the body were veiled but also accentuated at the same time. Bare skin is considered as being stimulating and exciting but public nudity can also produce feelings of shame. Human beings distinguish themselves from other species by toying with their nudity and the particular attraction of hiding and showing parts of the body. Human beings are the professionals amongst the naked. However, apart from the human game of showing and hiding, what will happen if you undress what is not meant to be undressed?
Nakedness will quickly appear grotesque, deformed and strange. Creatures showing their health and vitality by thick and shiny coats of fur are deprived of their natural protection. If animals lose their fur or feathers this is usually a sign of desease or mental illness and stress, or in some cases a breeding result either in private hobby-breedings or in scientific laboratories for model organisms. As natural a naked human body might appear to us, as unnatural and grotesque the naked skin appears on animals who normally have fur. How does the phenotyp of a squirrel distinguish from that of a rat? Two animals that encounter a very different popularity in our culture. Or the phenotyp of a fox from the phenotyp of a dog? Let us observe the contrast of nature and mutation and ask us how much bare skin is still normal?
Pre-Diploma at the hfg-offenbach
freedom of the press
drafts for the 2014 poster contest 'Pressefreiheit'
Exhibition at HOLM Center Airport Frankfurt am Main