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ORDNUNG!

Ordnung! is a historical-artistic examination of found objects from forests between Bernau/Lobetal, Lanke and Biesenthal.

The forests in northern Brandeburg are full of remains of military regimes. Not visible at first glance and hidden in the idyllic natural reserve of Barnim, there are countless bunkers and abandoned military sites from the time of National Socialism, the Red Army and the National People’s Army (NVA).

A walk between the remains of the Koralle Bunker and its adjunct structures still sketches the life of the soldiers during the Second World War. Soldiers hiding in fear underground, eating their food from the same plates that are now broken and dirty next to the other remains of history. These mental images undoubtedly give this series a touch of drama, destruction and transience.

First I discovered the bright white dishes that protruded sharply from the dark earth.  It was only later that I found the rest of the landfill site filled with countless German artefacts.

Both the objects and the ill repute of their origins undergo a cleansing process: scrubbing, rinsing, de-rusting, polishing and reassembling into order. While immersed in the refurbishing, I easily forget the origin of the objects on my desk and the meaning behind them. But the gruesome history cannot be scrubbed clean, and, eventually, it begins to remind us of itself in its full gravity. As fascinating as it is to recover historical artefacts, there is an uneasy feeling that persists. 

Through the cleansing process, I wish to mutate the objects’ narrative into something completely different, giving them a parallel meaning for their existence and working to diminish and disengage them from their original purpose. Ordnung! is the transition from war to art.

Sep. 2018 | PART I / P490 XW 39 / 1 m²
Recovered, cleaned and burnished German bullet casings from 1939

Sep.-Oct. 2018 | PART II / ≈ 0,36/0,36/0,36m
Broken German army crockery. Recovered from northern Brandenburg, cleaned and assembled in a cube.

Oct.-Nov. 2018 | PART III / 0,41×0,55m
Steel sheet used as a shooting aim. Derusted and hand polished. Treated frontside vs. untreated backside.

Oct. 2019 | PART IV /  3 blocks ≈ 35x25x3 cm each
Remnants of gas masks partially encapsulated in resin blocks.

May-July 2020 | This video’s sound was created based on field recordings from the forest where the objects were found, as well as by the sound these objects make.

Sep. 2020 | PART V / 40x40cm
Recovered, cleaned and burnished blank cartridges.

Sept. 2020 | PART VI / 90x160cm
Hand-sewn wollen tapestry with ammunition and daily use objects.