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Daimlerstrasse 38, 2001.

The fox photos are the result of a pseudo-scientific research project about the biology and geography in an industrial waste land.


The artist collected garbage from the wasteland to construct the photo trap for observing the foxes he discovered in that area. The animals were lured by a sausage. When the fox bit into the bait, it activated the camera connected by a cord with the sausage.


One week later the animals had learned to eat the sausage without being photographed.

For Greenfort's artistic practice, it often manifests itself in the close experience of nature and the encounter with “otherness”; that is, what is not human: “When I look at nature, I get a much better understanding of our civilization and the institutional critique that can be rightly done today. It is the very immediate experience of ‘The Other’; that which we absolutely cannot understand. ” The encounter can occur, for example, when looking at a sunbird in the garden, or an earthworm crawling across the road. Or as in one of Greenfort's early works, in which adaptable foxes in Berlin were portrayed with "selfies" in photo traps that Greenfort had set up on a building site. “Us” and “them” and “we” "Art is about being a playful being, being exploratory and curious," Greenfort continues. I'm damn curious - especially about this “otherness” that we are so connected to that we can not get rid of it at all. But the very concept of nature is precisely this print, where we mean to stand outside and look at it. ” “It is in trying to understand the Other that we have historically made many mistakes, because I am basically sure that we do not really understand any of it, but that what we can immediately understand is that it is a different life. . So it's a picture of our own existence, and it's something I'll return to again and again. ”

Tue Greenfort: Daimlerstrasse 38, 2001.

The artist created a self-triggering mechanism of industrial waste. Fox activated the camera via bait attached to a string.


Courtesy: The Artist and Johann König, Berlin

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