In 2005, I held a six-moth residency in the cloisters of St. Marienberg in Helmstedt. Some site specific works occurred during this period of time.

Helmstedt is a small town near the former inner-german border. The cloisters of St. Marienberg was built in the 12th century. St Marienberg houses two textile workshops, one for paraments and one for textile restoration.

"I use the term crowd crystals to refer to small, rigid groups of men, strictly delimited and of great constancy, which serve to precipitate crowds. Their structure is such that they can be comprehended and taken in at a glance. Their unity is more important than their size. They should preferably always appear the same and it should be impossible to confound one with another (…) their members are trained in both action and faith. They may be allotted different parts, as in an orchestra, but they must appear as a unit... even when they appear alone, the first feeling of anyone seeing or experiencing them should be that this is a unit which will never fall apart … the monastery or the troop division ... such crystal is all limit; all of its members constitute part of its boundaries.”

Elias Canetti, Crowds and Power, London, Victor Gollancz Ltd., 1962, p.73f

o.T. (spatial drawing)

o.T. (scratched drawings)

Helmstedter Nachrichten 01.07. - 31.12.2005

Kunststipendium des Landkreises Helmstedt

Die Amtssprache ist deutsch

o.T. (shadow drawings)

solo show and catalogue on the occasion of the residency at St. Marienberg, Helmstedt, 2006

Text by Dr. Ilaria Hoppe

Opening speech by Prof. Inge Mahn