Art on public Objects

Concept draft for the artistic design
of the Humboldt-Forum Berlin


The design concept comprises three design techniques, which are thematically
mutually supportive, intertwine in terms of content and lead chronologically from the Palaeolithic to the present:
mosaic, hanging banner objects and light projection.
Cultures and their communication - a theme that also occupied the Humboldt Brothers throughout their lives - is brought to life in various aspects:
Mosaic sections on the walls represent the earliest drawings of mankind from the first settlement epochs.
The almost monochrome mosaics arranged on the walls show structures like those found on Paleolithic finds. They symbolise life (water, food, femininity), birth (and rebirth) and death.
Written flag objects - hanging in space and fluttering like paper in the wind - show 14 different writing systems: the writings of the "Rosette Stone", the universal symbolic language that Wilhelm v. Humboldt
developed, from cuneiform and runic script to modern scripts such as Japanese and Arabic, the script flags stand for the most diverse cultures and epochs of mankind and their self-understanding. The portal houses opposite and the Schlüterhof in between can thus interact with each other in a visual space-light communication.
Thematically, I take up statements and portraits of the Humboldt Brothers in the non-stop projection, which refer to freedom, humanistic, yet still current political and human situations. Alternating with these historical impressions, points of light lead onto the wall surfaces, change, wander and become EAN codes, decay again and form QR codes, "bits and bytes", etc.