My work as a videoartist is based on my search for finding ways to increase Empathy, may it be referred to human beings or towards different phenomenas of nature.
LETTERS TO LIFE: DANCES FOR A LOST SPRINGTIME
Video Loop, 4 min, Genoa, Italy, May 2020
In this Performance Video I combined lots of my positive resources (dancing, painting, loving my cat, observing the sea, playing clarinet…) to celebrate the end of the lockdown, recovering from a very lonely quarantine.
I was brought up in Munich, and there is a tradition which says that after the pleague epidemy in 1512 the first people who left their houses after the lockdown were the barrel makers. They danced in the streets to give courage to others who stayed still frightened at home. So this dances were a strong sign that the air was clean, and that the streets were safe, finally.
And, after all, this video is also a way to feel the springtime which was invisible this year. So I am trying, using my imagination and being supported by this dreamlike mediterranean scenery, to spread the energy of vivid colors. And some blossoming flowers.
SONO QUA / I am here
Video Loop, 3 min, Genoa, Italy, February 2020
A relaxing and „therapeutic“ Video, shot at the Italian Coast (Nervi, Portofino) with the intention to calm down in times of too much tension.
In difficult times in we cannot reach a spot in nature to relax, I want to share these views of the beautiful seaside hoping to contribute a little consolation and support for keeping our minds balanced.
While identifying with the protagonist of the video, it is more easy for the viewer also to „feel“ and absorb the portrayed nature with all senses.
By observing certain body movements even in a video, our brain receives neurological impulses as if we ourselves would have been performing in the same way, and so it sends some releasing and relaxing impulses towards our nervous system.
INSOMNIA, MOZART LULLABY FOR ME AND MY CAT
Video Loop, 3 min, Genoa, Italy, Quarantine, March 2020
A therapeutic video, again. It’s said that the images of cats as well as classical music have a potential to calm us down a bit. And here we go… My cat loves Mozart. I love my cat, Mozart, my Garden and Gymnastics. Like everyone in Italy right now, I’m in Quarantine in my house. I can’t sleep, there’s no sport possible to release my tension. Feeling my nervousness, even the cat can’t sleep. I’m going to the garden (I’m lucky, very lucky) to do some physical activity.
Unfortunately, I’m not as quiet as I thought, the neighbors woke up already, I’m sorry.
I’m going back in the house. I play Mozart, a bit. That always calms me down. Excuse me, Amadeus, to use you as a lullaby. You’re too good. But this is an emergency.
And while I am moving , I try to observe, like an animal . . . observe the whole situation, calmly, patiently, without too many emotions, just observe . . . so does my cat. At least it seems that way.
STILL LIFE, STILL OPEN
Video Loop, 4 min, Genoa, Italy, April 2020
A challenge: Keeping an open mind
Even if everything is closed
Shops, Beaches, Exhibitions, whole countries
Also my body.
I look at the old turtle in my neighbor’s garden and try to learn from her that slowness (which I hate) doesn’t have to be a bad thing.
The performance on the cliff I was doing in March, it was exactly the last day in which going to the beach was still allowed. I was insecure about including these shots, then I decided yes, they can also give a bit of hope by nurturing the desire for life as well as for a kind of rebirth. Happy Easter!
Video Loop, 5 min, Genoa, Italy, February 2020
This Video is inspired by Expressionist Dance, Chi Gong and meditative exercises in which you imagine communication between inner parts of yourself, for example you visualize your inner wounded child which interacts with your “adult” and mature state of mind to feel yourself secure and protected.
This practice is a fundamental element in trauma therapy: You calm yourself by using your imagination to invent a constructive communication between different psychological states within yourself.
The contemplation helps to increase mental balance even if you are in difficult situations.
RESPIRAMI/ Take a breathe
Video Loop, 6 min, Genoa, Italy, February 2020
„Take a breathe“ is, like “Sono qua / I am here”, is inspired by the contemplative exercise „My Safe Place“, which is a fundamental element in trauma therapy: You calm yourself using your imagination to invent your „safe place” in your imagination to which you can always return despite finding yourself in difficult situations. This contemplation helps to increase mental balance.
To create this video I filmed some intuitive and spontaneous performances in the Ligurian landscape, always based on my Chi Gong practice that supports the use of conscious breathing together with physical and meditative exercises deriving from ancient Chinese culture.
I’M SPEAKING TO THE SEA
2 minutes, Video Loop, Genoa 2020
I TALK TO THE SEA
I am diving
Into your immense space of infinitude
You drink me to the bottom
I whisper I love you
As I drown myself
In your vortexes
Where you take me somewhere else
where I never would have thought
To find myself
And if you knew how it consoles me
This infinitude of yours
How it consoles me
To find myself here
In your arms
Which are the waves
You prick me with your fingernails
Which are the breakers
What are you saying?
With your gurgling voice
What do you want to tell me
While I am
That your dangerousness
Not derives from you
But it is born of me instead?
What would you do
If you were
A human being too?
What would you do
If you were a human being?
I love you
I want to see you well
Protected, calm, safe
But why can love you
And hurt you
At the same time
My two-minute video-Loop „Parlo con il mare” is inspired by the painting „La Sposa del Mare/ La Innamorata del Mare” by Pompeio Mariani, on display at the Modern Art Gallery of Genova Nervi. The oil painting of 1897 shows a woman in wedding dress lying on a rock, immersed in the romantic view of the sea, which according to the title is her „bridegroom”.
The semi poetic text of my video oscillates between passages that could be addressed to a human partner and passages that evoke a deeply felt emotional bond with the Mediterranean sea itself: So deep that the feeling of a more personal responsibility for the biosphere becomes evident. The latter, however, not out of guilt that risks manifesting or strengthening collective depressive tendencies, but on the basis of an attitude of strong attachment inherent in many mystical traditions, whether those of indigenous cultures or Buddhist philosophies:
A love that is not content with admiration or ecstasy, but that faces the mutual bond and the responsibility that comes with it without fear. What interests me about this topic is not at all mystical immersion as an alternative to interpersonal bonds, but the emphasis on a strong relationship with natural phenomena, based on love and a sense of responsibility. A „neo-romantic”; approach in times of threat generally present in the biosphere, with this very intention:
Let the sense of responsibility for our environment and nature be based less on guilt and rampant fear of the future and more on positive emotions such as empathy and affection.
The video combines filmed paintings, inspired by the observation of the sea in Nervi, Liguria, with film footage of the sea along this same coast. The watercolour paintings used in this video are based on meditative processes in silent dialogue with the sea, always created outdoors directly on the rocky coast. I see the process of painting as a „treasure hunt”, a „deep dive” into contemplative and mystical states. I produce paintings that connect the flow of subjectively felt energies, both emotional and physical, with my perception of the dynamic force of the sea.
THE AIRY OCEAN/ IL OCEANO ARIOSO
8 minutes, Video-Loop, Genoa 2018
Filmed watercolor paintings and ink drawings, with Clarinet Music Improvisation, Genoa 2018
A meditative reflection about new beginnings in interim phases in life. After moving from Berlin to the Ligurian Sea, I noticed how the daily observation of the sea was constantly challenging my notion of time: I started to appreciate more the rhythms of slowness and the dynamics of pauses which seem to have a quality of stagnation on the first view.
But can’t exist a lot of movement in periods of apparent stillness, while being in unhurried interim periods of transition?
BIRDS AND RESILIENCY
Video – Installation, Loop, 14 minutes, Berlin-Genoa, 2017/18
Language: English, exhibited with Italian Translation attached
My father, born 1934 in Berlin in a Prussian family, is telling to me his memories of war and refuge in Eastern Prussia which I am quoting in this video:
Selected Memories of my father’s childhood since 1939 in Berlin, Koenigsberg (Kaliningrad) and Ostseebad Rauschen (Svetlogorsk ll) and his refuge from Frombork (Poland) 12 km across the frozen Baltic Sea to Frisches Haff and then via Gdansk /Hela to Denmark in April 1945.
This video is not a historical documentation, indeed I am emphasizing mental states of hope and calming: “Resiliency” means the capacity of the human soul to overcome traumatic experiences by establishing a positive power within. I am combining these personal texts, seen from a child’s perspective, with abstract / surreal performance scenes set in nature and referring to birds.
The ability of Resiliency seems to me a very important one in times of migration, war, refuge or natural disasters.
My fathers source of Resiliency is rooted in his empathic affection for nature, especially for birds, whereas in many cases the process of creating art itself is appearing as a supportive resource.
ERINNERUNGSRAEUME/ SPACES OF MEMORY – Performing Letters to the Other World
a Video – Requiem for Ingrid Goedeke geb. Kaempf, 1932-2015, Videoinstallation, 12 Videoloops, each 2-6 minutes, collaboration with my father Dieter Goedeke (Photography) Berlin / Munich / Weissensee 2016 /17
While performing in the projection of slides which my father had been taking 60 years ago from my mother, I am establishing a kind of meditation about a timeless dimension. ”My performances are presents for you meanwhile you are present for me. A Kaleidoscope of your life in the past is becoming now a visual dialogue between us. Thank you for your presence. Now: a performance, a portal, a portrait”
AMBIVALENT, Video-Loop, 6 min, Berlin 2014
Surreal diary-like drawings, filmed in a suggestive way: Moments of the Ups and Downs in human relationships, the crisis as a new beginning.
A large part of my videos are recordings of my improvised live performances in nature, in fact there is a dialogue between my body and the camera: The recording helps to increase concentration during the performance process. The performance instead gives the video a certain “weight of physical experience”, in which my body works as a medium to increase my awareness.
I accentuate empathy or even love as an approach to the forces of nature that is not denying the horror of natural disasters and concern about climate change, but focussing on the joy of connection and of being part of the universe.
My artistic work is influenced by the works of the Californian philosopher Donna Haraway and the Berlin Biologist/Philosopher Andreas Weber. Both postulate a dialogical and empathic relationship with natural phenomena: As a possible way to generate capacity to act in the face of climate change.
My two-minute video-Loop „Parlo con il mare/ I speak to the Sea” is inspired by the painting „La Sposa del Mare/ La Innamorata del Mare” by Pompeio Mariani, on display at the Modern Art Gallery of Genova Nervi. The semi poetic text of my video oscillates between passages that could be addressed to a human partner and passages that evoke a deeply felt emotional bond with the Mediterranean sea itself: So deep that the feeling of a more personal responsibility for the biosphere becomes evident.
I filmed my intuitive performances in the Ligurian landscape for the creation of the Videos “Respirami/ Take a breathe“, “Sono qua/ I am here”, and “Tension, Release”. These works are inspired by the meditative exercise „my safe place”, a contemplation that derives from trauma therapies.
„The Airy Ocean“ is a meditative reflection about new beginnings, times of transition and slowness, consisting of filmed paintings and Clarinet Improvisation.
During my project ”Birds and Resiliency” I tried to understand better the experiences my father had made as a child being a refugee during world war ll.
”Erinnerungsraeume/ Spaces of Memory” is a series of videos based on performances I created after the death of my mother, searching to find relations with unknown aspects of her life as well as maintaining whatever sort of contact towards another dimension.
„Ambivalent“ is consisting of surreal diary-like drawings, filmed in a suggestive way: Moments of the Ups and Downs in human relationships, the crisis as a new beginning.