Raw clay, silicone, pump, metal ring, PVC tube, bent metal tub, glazed ceramic flute, steel ropes, glazed ceramic tubes and flutes, metal tables
The nephron is the smallest functional unit of a kidney. At birth, humans have approximately two million nephrons, but many of them do not function at full capacity. Initially, blood flows through a fine network of capillaries in the renal corpuscle, where about 180 liters of primary urine are produced per day. The majority of this fluid volume is then reabsorbed in the subsequent tubular system of the nephron.
The installation can be understood as an aesthetically abstract exploration of a nephron. It represents a small element that maintains the body's physiological equilibrium, responds to fluid intake, and regulates fluid excretion. The kidney is an essential component for the viability of vertebrates.
Treating the kidney as a starting point for this work places human bodies on an equal footing with those of other animals. They are seen as bodies of water interconnected with many other bodies of water (such as raindrops, worms, fruits, oceans), existing in a relationship of interdependence. These bodies of water are in a constant process of transformation and exchange, their forms of existence permeable and vulnerable.
The installation featured a recipient made of raw clay, coated with silicone on the inside, which held water and a pump. The pump circulated the water, pushing it up to the second level. As the water rose, the displaced air activated a ceramic flute element. The water flowed through the flute, passed a curved steel basin, and returned to the water reservoir on the ground floor through a looped hose.
The window front was painted with raw clay and water, resembling the brick stones of the room walls. The pumping of water occurred in intervals of 30 seconds, followed by a 1.5-minute break. The movement and vibrations of the hoses were caused by the water passing through them. The dominant sounds in the space were various water flows, gurgling noises, and intermittent short flute sounds. Additionally, ceramic elements such as glazed tubes, connected to the water infrastructure of the space, and eight flutes on two metal tables were installed within the installation.
Diploma show at the Academy of Fine Arts, Nürnberg