“My work revolves around the idea of losing yourself, from the metaphysical to the erotic.

I photograph at night to explore the limits of depiction. Rather than exploring stories, a place or a person, I hijack and transform the external reality, to paint a reality beyond time and space: that of the unconscious. Working in this paradoxical way, people have difficulties in attributing me to a school of photography.

Like Goethe’s Faust, I pursue “whatever holds the world together in its inmost folds” to create pictures that are inaccessible to the rational mind, compelling the viewer to turn to their own memories and feelings.

Without excessive materials or digital effects, I combine the techniques of street and staged photography to create images that sit between painting, film and theatre. Transferring this quality to the presentation of my work, I create site-specific installations using a variety of formats from wallpaper to video to create an experience in which reality becomes fluid and visitors can walk through images into an inner space. Thus I call my photographs POEMS.

My video works are either extensions of the photographic work and as such called VIDEO POEMS – or explorations of a timeless human phenomenon: the urge to lose oneself.

In referring to this phenomenon as either ‘Mysticism’ (Religion), ‘Transpersonality’ (Psychology), ‘Desire to Escape’ (Huxley) or ‘Transgression’ (Bataille), there has always been a redemptive mode to being human. As we can all disappear into something larger or smaller, phenomenon can come in a positive or negative form, upward or downward: drugs, love, sex, hypnosis, religion, mass events, extreme sports etc. The list is endless, depending on time, culture and imagination.”

How to disappear completely / THE POEMS was presented at Slideluck Berlin.

Multimedia Tips

a. What program was used to create the multimedia?

Adobe Premiere.

b. How and why did you choose that sound/music?

For over 15 years my favourite night music is Bohren & The Club of Gore. But I couldn’t use it, because festivals are afraid of copyright problems. I found a royalty free track that was close to Bohren after I slowed down the speed.

c. Tell us about the editing process when you think of a multimedia.

I’ve been working with videos for 20 years now. Editing is a lot about rhythm and flow. It’s a mix of intuition and structure, a visual Tango.

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