This project revolves around the most iconic artifact of the coronavirus pandemic: the face mask. Masking has become a contemporary phenomenon all over the world, even in Europe where people other than medical professionals had seldom used protective masks before the outbreak of COVID-19. “A Constant Stream of Masks” is a research-based video work which reflects on the visual presence of the face mask. Being a visual artist and media theorist, I am curious how we use images to make sense of the world around us. Thus, I was trying to find out how the face mask entered the German visual sphere and how photographs give meaning to the act of wearing a mask. Another purpose of this project was to work out a methodological approach which allows to explore a large amount of "found" media images. Our everyday visual environment confronts us with a multitude of various images simultaneously. Different from an art context, the single image and its meaning is of lesser significance, instead the relations between images are the crucial mode of visual sensemaking. Rooted in constructivist systems theory, I developed a methodology which helps to understand and create relations between images in order to reconstruct meaning. This method involved collecting, arranging and re-arranging images. If you are interested in the methodological approach or the results of the interpretative process, please let me know and I will provide further information.
2020. video installation, 8:30 min. inkjet print, size variable.