A conversation between the Sammlung Goetz and the artist about daily motivation and inspiration
The changed situation due to the pandemic has little effect on my motivation. I can do my work as usual, in some ways even more concentrated, because much of what was part of my "normal" life (and hopefully will be again soon), such as being with friends, going to concerts and operas, traveling etc., is not happening at the moment, so there is much more time available for my work.
Since many of my films and photographs are created while traveling, this is now a completely new situation from where I take my inspirations. Instead of the usual 30 trips (or more) a year, in 2020 I was on the road only four times, and only once was abroad. When I'm in foreign places, ideas literally jump out at me - I'm overwhelmed with impressions and inspirations. Now the environment in which I move has become quite manageable. But I also see an opportunity in this new situation. In 2020, for example, I was quite intensively occupied with my garden. Together with the author Hans von Trotha, I will make a book about this garden. I've also been reading a lot lately. Literature is a source of inspiration because it can lead to foreign worlds just as much as actual travel.
For the German Bundestag I'm working with the architect Nicola Borgmann on an art-in-building project for the Marie Eliesabeth Lüders House in Berlin. For the Planetarium in Nuremberg, I am creating the full-dome video projections for Johann Sebastian Bach's "Musical Offering". With Hans von Trotha I am also working on the garden book mentioned above. For another publication about the gardens of Ninfa between Rome and Naples I have to select and compile photographs from three years. In addition, there are also still other preparations for various exhibitions and lectures going on at the moment.