The Things are Us, We are the Things

This long-term project deals with the theme of culturally coded objects. Ten mysterious but typical German everyday-life objects were brought to China and vice versa. These objects were temporarily ‘adopted’ by people in the respective foreign country who had their own ideas and imagination about the strange-looking artefacts. Their new interpretations on the things are staged in an installative exhibition – first presented in the “Museum of Applied Arts Frankfurt”. Meanwhile, it has become a travelling exhibition after stations in “Museum of Things Unheard/Museum der unerhörten Dinge” and the “Confucius Institute Berlin”.

Thanks to all participants & supporters of the little things!

Work: Artistic design research project 2011–2013
Founded by: DAAD grant for artistic project

See also the book of the project Dinge-Geschichten / Thing Stories


Interview by Vera Tollmann about the project “The Things are Us, We are the Things” by the Goethe Institute

Presented on Kulturradio vom rbb