DIE DRINGLICHKEIT DER DINGE
Die Dringlichkeit der Dinge / The Urgency of Things
My father, the building assessor Dipl. Ing. H.-U. Ströbel took photographs documenting the different architectural damages he examined. As measuring instruments he used a crack measuring gauge and a folding rule. Based on his inspections, he wrote reports illustrated with his images as proof. My own work analyses this archive, thus de-contextualizing the visual "urgency" of his images outside their professional context. In various scribbles and experiments, the project explores whether or not there is a deeper meaning in these apparently useless pictures and how measuring as such is some kind of visual metaphor.
While working on this series, my father suffered and eventually died of bone cancer. The damages and cracks in the images he took then became a metaphor for his physical condition and the empty ruler a symbol of his dissapearance.
The project consists in total of 16 photographs, one object, one drawing, two collages, two notes and a book.
Bielefeld / Berlin, 2011-2017