A project for Wandsbeker Chausse in the
district of Hamburg called Eilbek
in Einstellungsraum e.V.
Wandsbeker Chaussee 11
The emphasis of developmental process
of my artistic work over the last 10
years has been the wish and possibility
to express oneself of NON-artists.
Central theme is the individual in his/her
environment - the microcosm
human, in whose personal experiences the
social background in all its
aspects is mirrored. I so-to-say give
people a voice in a broadened public,
looking at issues in which personal destinies
touch the general social
conditions and vice versa, for example
subjects like fear, being foreign,
social situation of workers, democratic
molding and shaping of a city.
My last works I realised in contexts of
museums: "Global Marriages" in
kunstmuseum Liechtenstein in connection
with the exhibition "Migration"
(6/2003) and "Dreams in Hannover " in
Sprengel Museum Hannover(5/2002).
In the centre of both works there were
living immigrants at the location of the
In the project Theater real I use a stage
as a sculptural object in the public
space of a street. Since 18 years have
I been living and working in direct
neighborhood of the residential and business
area Wandsbeker Chaussee
and have been watching the fluctuation
of many small stores which try
to survive at this very busy connection
road. The stores have a broad
spectre of people and cultures.
Based on the condition of the unstopable
continuation of forcing small
stores out of this area into suburbs,
which has been going on for decades
now, I am interested in showing the concrete
situation from the point
of view of the store owners.
In the area Wandsbeker Chaussee there
were seven business owners who
were prepared to take part in the project
Hannelore Zieme, MZ-concierge services,Wandsbeker
Elke Suhr, Einstellungsraum
e.V., Wandsbeker Chaussee 11
Gunther Gutschmidt, Gutschmidt-Optic,Wandsbeker
Henry Meyer,bicycle lion,Wandsbeker
Deniz Usta, Istanbul Friseur,
Wandsbeker Chaussee 17
Ellen Nissen, book box,Wandsbeker
Timo Fintzen, tobaccos, Wandsbeker
Interviews with the business owners are
the basis of the film and sculptural interpretation which followed. Beyond
the documentary aspect acted scenes
will occur in cooperation with the neighbourhood
store owners. The stores
themselves will be the background for
real and acted situations.
The counter of the shop person stands
as a non-visible border between
private and public person.
The EINSTELLUNGSRAUM e.v., as place of
realization for projects between
vehicle users and pedestrians, has been
transformed into a stage for the
owners of the neighboring stores.
This space has become the centre of the
project Theater real, whilst
the surrounding stores have become
subsidiaries around the centre for the
The stage with the film occupies the front
part of the store, exhibition
area of the EINSTELLUNGSRAUM e.v. whilst
the area for the spectators
is in the back, so that the shop window
with the view on to the busy
four-laned Wandsbeker Chaussee becomes
In the neighboring stores daily life continues
in 'reality space'.
During the showtimes in EINSTELLUNGSRAUM
e.v. I will be present on
the weekends to answer questions. Monday
through Thursday the store
owners will present the concept
of the exhibition. Any interested person
is very welcome to experience the situation
at the Wandsbeker Chaussee
from the perspective of the neighboring
The project is sponsored in the context
of the program "art in public space"
by the department of culture of the Freie
and Hansestadt Hamburg.