Der Hirsch im Regenwald und der Tukan auf der Eiche


Juni / June - 2020

Universität der Künste Berlin

What is it?

My project "Der Hirsch im Regenwald und der Tukan auf der Eiche" deals with the shaping of my personal memories and interpretations of family histories, the examination of my identity and my past in a crafted manner.

What is the Topic?

The design theorist Gert Selle describes that there is no greater human desire than knowing where you are from, where you are going and who you are. I know this desire well and that's why I made a “journey” to my origin. I activated my memories, gathered the stories of my family, dealt with certain events in my life, relived different stages and feelings and thought a lot about my origin and identity. An important fact of my identity is that I have a multicultural background because my father is German and my mother is Brazilian. My personality is made from the way I was brought up and my experiences from these two cultures. This gives me memories of a certain difference from other people. For example, the initial language barriers, other traditions that I learned and an “other” education that I got from home. I have worked intensively on this difference and my two origins and they form the essence and the basis for my work. In order to activate these memories, I spent a lot of time opening a number of cupboards, drawers, suitcases and boxes. I found photos, hair braids, collages, teeth, records, books, poetry albums, diaries, letters, films, slides etc. It was a very personal research, where my memories merged with the facts I found in the collected materials and they started to develop images in my head. Gert Selle also describes a desire to not only participate in the memory in the imagination, but also to grasp and see it in order to understand it and be able to speak about it. Working with my hands created the creative component in connection with the work of remembering. I used the crafting as an instrument for the visualisation to translate my thoughts and emotions into a real picture. An important feature for working with the hands is the visibility of the traces that are left on the material, just like the emotions, which are not always smooth, licked and without scars or cracks. Each result is therefore an individual and unique, because it cannot be produced exactly the same twice. At the present point of my "memory trip" objects have emerged from 5 different perspectives and experiences. The results show my individual emotions and memories about interacting with my two very different but also closely related backgrounds.

Why does it look like this?

The appearance of all 5 objects reflect my individual interpretation of my own memories, based on my subjective perception through my identity and through the German and Brazilian half of my personality. The aesthetics result from my emotions.

What is special?

The personal and very individual touch of the project and my own handwriting in it are most important. My project tells my stories and fantasies and makes the images from my head visible to others.

What is new?

New is celebrating and dealing with the past or with one's own past, which results in an artistic and aesthetic work through the subjects, the personal actions and the use of manual processes to visualize the imagination.