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attitudes passionelles

This work in an homage to Paul Richer's "Tableau de la synoptique grande attaque hystérique complète et régulière' positions typiques et avec variant"' from 1885. It is a graphical clinical tableau modelled on Jean Martin Charcot's photographs.
It shows the various stages of a hysterical attack on the example bodily demonstrations of a young woman. The "real" photographs in the drawings were modified to fit the panel and still the panel was officially considered as clinical evidence of the symptoms of a disease that no one could actually define. The "real" hysterical attacks, performed by actors which followed instructions, and then photographically "documented".

What I find particularly fascinating while looking at various photographs from the late nineteenth century, is the obviousness that hysterical women almost exclusiveley suffered their hysteria on mattresses.
In these pictures, the mattress is always a kind of counterpart of the actual patient. Especially in Rummos photographs, which in turn were intended as an homage to Charcot, the mattress gets a life of its own under the acrobatic efforts of the woman in the striped one piece. It seems as if the mattress imitates the hysterical attacks.

In my tribute to Paul Richer's work, the mattress alone becomes hysterical.

7-part sequence, 60x80cm, matte diasec, edition of 5 (+2AP)
Tableau, 120x150cm, inkjet Fine Art print, framed, edition of 2 (+2AP)

performance along my works by Mai Ishiwata at Phönixhallen, Hamburg, 2014

deleting babiński / syncope

The work is a reference to the painting by André Brouillet from 1887 „Une leçon clinique à la Salpêtrière“. It depicts Jean Martin Charcot at the Hôpital de la Salpêtrière demonstrating his fellow colleagues, how hypnotism can control a hysteric woman easily and makes her drop down into a man’s arms on demand. The patient is „Blanche“ (Marie Wittman), who was specially trained for these performances and is held by Dr. Joseph Babiński.

In the series of 8 black and white photographs, every instant of the woman´s fall into unconsciousness is frozen and fused into a sculptural figure by isolating her body.Her poses seem stiff, but are taken out of a transient movement, which result in a state of exhaustion and complete powerlessness. By deleting the man who originally supported her equilibration, she be-comes a statue of imbalance in balance. During her state of  unconsciousness, she presents herself solely as the fainting woman and refers to the images of fainting women in the arms of a man at antipodes. The history of hysteria and its imagery of affliction created a certain image of the woman as the passio-nate figure during distress. In the work, the male supporter of hysteria was erased from the pictures.

Syncope, fig. 1-8, 2014, series of 8 flags, each160x230cm, Multiflag
also as an edition of Hahnemühle barita prints, 18x24cm, edition of 5 (+2AP)


Created as a cinematic monodrama, the work hysterogeny shows various stages of emotional expression, from total withdrawal to a hysterical outburst in a few moments. A naked girl is lying on the tiles in a large room shower. The hint of a wet cell in an institution is intended.

Hysterogeny is a term, which refers to the induction of hysterical behavior.

By slowing down the film, the screams, the howling, the laughter are protracted, and become sirenlike undefined sounds. This drama is irritating and annoying, just like your would describe a hysterical girl. The reason for this hysterical eruption remains hidden, but at the beginning of the loop, it becomes clear that it the action is staged but then she gets completely absorbed in the action.

falling bodies

As part of a performance, I asked several people during a residency in Istanbul to fall on to a mattress for me.
I photographed the rather uncoordinated movements, that serve as a starting point for my further "case studies" 
arranged these poses as pairs to create a balance.

The instantaneous materialisation of fleeting bodies depict a state of uncertainty, a process of becoming and breaking apart and consequently shape-shifting into momentarily frozen sculptures.

Dompteuse de Papier

The photographic series shows separate moments in which a Din-A-4 paper is shown at the exact moment of landing. In the experiment with a conventional blank white page, a short-lived momentary pose is captured. The blank sheet itself becomes a sculptural work with a short-lived shape, caught in the act between letting go and landing. The recurring counterpart a human hand, a reminiscent of a puppet show, directs the sheet which performs a failed pointe dance.

The quite fragile material, which can normally fall over or fly away at any moment, becomes a rather cumbersome subject in the photographs.