From August 2012 to end of February 2013 I was working on a research-project in Z/KU, Center for Art and Urbanistics in Berlin, within a resindency program. I had a closer look at "hair" as part of our body, and made savage connections to topics including insanity, superstition and the urban environment. The urban environment gives ground for an investigation in obscure symbolic meanings and obsessions towards hair in our western society, starting in the early 20centruy, when cities became metropolises.

The core of my research was the story of the hair despoiler of Berlin, who started with cutting women's braids in the early 20th century. Hair is sexually the most generally noted part of the (…) body after the eyes and the peculiar facility with which when plaited it may be removed, render hair - fetishism a sexual perversion of specially great medico - legal interests. The hair despoiler, Coupier de Nattes or Zopfabschneider may be found in any civilized country. Though the most carefully studied cases have actually occurred in cities like Paris and Berlin. (Havelock Ellis, "Studies in the Psychology of Sex", Volume 5)

The city isn't only the stage for those crimes, it's accumulation of people are places of temptation and the condition for this crime to succeed."(Sophia Könemann und Benjamin A. Marcus - "Skandal als Strategie - Wahn als Gehäuse")



Account of a "hair despoiler" in Paris. Form "Psychopathia sexualis", published 1894 by Ferdinand Enke in Stuttgart.







PROJECT OUTCOME

This research was shown in form of an video installation which played with quotes from popular movies, mostly hollywood and text extracts of my research. Both parts explore the very act of cutting, as an act of power and obression, mostly performed on women hair in movies as well as in history.



Vertigo

Andrei Rublev

The World the flesh and the evil






HAIR COLLECTION

Additional I asked visitors to cut a little piece of their hair and place it in a small medical glas. They were asked to write a small story, memory, information about their lost hair, additional on a small paper.






EXHIBITION