in context of room, building and city


sculpture: wood, metal, glass. Length: 308cm, width: 100cm, height: 286cm. Berlin 2004; Art for the Charité, University Medical School, Center for Anatomy, Campus Mitte; visualisation: Graham Sproul, Ilka Becker; Competition on invitation.

Fritz Balthaus: v/i/t/r/i/n/e



No new form is meant to be added to the anatomy collection as a pure import of art into the world of science. All of the necessary elements exist in the anatomic institute to create a new artistic form.




The competition entry intends to cut an original exhibition showcase in 28 equal slices. The sliced s/h/o/w/c/a/s/e is then pulled apart to place 28 sections of the institute’s wooden brain model between the showcase segments. The original showcase is thus elongated by the length of the brain. One of the original showcases body 1 from the anatomy department’s exhibition space undergoes a contemporary method: “tomography” cuts 2. The showcase is meant to be understood as a model of the human body. Given this perspective the grey paint on the case becomes: skin and tissue 3. The showcase’s internal iron framework is the skeleton 4, the hinges are the joints 5. If one examines the object more closely, one can discover that the most important characteristic/feature of showcases is the act of seeing itself, which allows one to interpret it as an eye 6. The glass embodies the lens of an eye through which the light is projected onto the retina: in this case the white rear wall of the showcase and the white bottom is the retina 7. In this project a wooden brain is “thrown” or projected onto the retina retinal object brain 8, where it is frozen as a constant projection. For structural support a pedestal has been added pedestal 9. The assembly of all objects to become a showcase eye complete specimen 10 was perhaps the dissection of a viewpoint.