Can't find my way home

November 11, 2016 - January 21, 2017

The American artist succeeds in her elaborately shot video Janet Biggs an impressive connection between her grandfather's Alzheimer's disease and the crystalline formations of the Merkers Höhlen, a salt mine in Thuringia. The juxtaposition of the exploration of the cave landscape and the tense laboratory situation creates a unique tension between perception and loss of identity. The visual contrast of the structures of the crystals with the proteins of biochemical compounds of an overused brain suffering from Alzheimer's creates a hauntingly captivating sensuality.

On the acoustic level, as well as in relation to light sources and darkness in the 4-channel format, a subtle composition of background, secondary and central backgrounds is created, which traces the dwindling consciousness and in turn brings the crystalline closer to the organic. The intersecting locations create a visual narrative that reflects the ongoing process of disorientation. The aesthetics of the cave, which the artist carefully walks through - combined with the classical music that sets in after a moment of silence - acts like a healing metaphor that the artist gives to the viewer.

Participating artist

Janet Biggs


Bertha Sichel


Sparkasse Osnabrück Foundation | the Landschaftsverband Osnabrücker Land e. V. | City of Osnabrück | Herrenteichslaischaft