Study Chamber

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A Solid structure protects, supports but also limits the creature held within to the extent of almost suffocating it. While shielding the vulnerable from the harsh and judgmental world outside, this hard shell also serves as a protection for the viewer from its erratic and inappropriate content.


It is the fear of the unknown which has created this almost complete block of communication. I illustrate this psychological drama by juxtaposing the man-made mechanical aesthetic with a more organic and mysterious inner life.


Study Chamber, 1995
A helmet to shut out the world during a process of study and development of an ignorant individual. It features a a small room attached like a stage in front of the wearer’s face.
Materials: Steel, Wool, Filling Material: 14 x 13 x 10″

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Study Chamber, open-view inside to observation deck, 1995
The helmet is thickly padded to reduce surrounding noises and give the wearer a sense of privacy. Materials: Steel, Wool, Filling Material: 14 x 13 x 10″

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Study Chamber, view of observation deck, 1995
Any objects or thoughts may be placed on the built in observation deck for intensive observation. Such rigorous study might ready the wearer for all possible battles of reason fought in the outside world.
Materials: Steel, Wool, Filling Material: 14 x 13 x 10″

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Study Chamber, open, 1995
This helmet is inspired by the book “Correction” by Thomas Bernhard and the struggles of Goethe’s Faust, of wanting to grasp the essence of this world. It features a private room into which one can withdraw to for solitude and study purposes. Study until one knows everything there is to know.
Materials: Steel, Wool, Filling Material: 14 x 13 x 10″

Study Chamber, video, 1998
Film excerpt from the short documentary Eternal Moment by Simone Stammbach.
Camera: Conny Kipfer, Music: Annetta Debrunner