Christine Hoffmann ‘Brave new world‘ mixed media installation, Herford 2017

The installation ‘Brave new world‘ was shown in September 2017 at art space ‘Kiosk24’ in Herford/ Germany. Christine Hoffmann´s work was inspired by the book ‘Artistic and Scientific Taxidermy‘ from The LFTT Library.

Artificial zoomorphic creatures seem to grow in a research laboratory. Small animals crawl towards all five edges of the room, showing synchronized behaviour. They are connected with veins or ventilation tubes and filled with green nutrient solution. Clones are stored in regales of glass and breeded by red heaters. Large drawings describe a plan for the genetic recombination of hybrid beings.

The title ‘Brave new world‘ aims at the dystopic novel of Aldous Huxley. The installation is a warning against the manipulation of nature by man. In correspondence with the Fransiscan idea, it´s a call for a more conscious interaction with nature.

The vernissage started with an artists talk between Susanne Albrecht, Angelika Höger and Christine Hoffmann – and ended with an eat-art-initiative ‘eat your monster’ – a transformation of energy.

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Michael Hellwig is the coordinator of the Rumpelstilzchen Literaturprojekt in Enger. He is also a practising artist concerned with questions of translation and visibility in visual communication and writing systems. At The Gerberei Museum in Enger in he made a new work especially for The LFTT which involved translating one of the poets texts from german to gaeilic, and then from latin script to braille. Braille involves the user reading by feeling the surface of the page rather than through visual recognition. For those without sight it provides access to written text through a tactile connection to it. For those without knowledge of braille it’s marks are abstract and enigmatic traces of communication. An implicit pattern can be observed, felt and appreciated, even if we lack understanding of its content.



On September 23rd, 2017 the LFTT Library will take part in an event at The Gerberei Museum in Enger with the Rumpelstilzchen-Literatur Projekt as part of the Westfalen Literaturland ‘Hier!’ Festival. The event will be the culmination of a year long collaboration with the Rumpelstilzchen-Literaturprojekt, an experimental poetry project led by artist Michael Hellwig at the Widukind Gymnasium in Enger. Poets Milena Evering, Anna Paszehr, Vanessa Schwarkow and Rabea Jasmin Usling have composed poems using books from The LFTT Library. For the event at the Gerberei Museum artists Angelika Höger (DE), Helen Horgan (IRL), Aga Tamiola (PL) and Annemarie Deacy (IRL) will host a performance of sound, image and text, re-presenting the poems in a live multimedia setting. This event is part of the literaturland westfalen ‘Hier!‘ festival in the context of the exhibition  “Das Word wird Bild” (The Word becomes Image) by Ulrike Schönfelder-Hellwig, Siegfried Baron und Michael Hellwig.

For more information and to read the poems visit the designated project blog at www.lfttrlp.wordpress.comRUMPELSTILT


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In June 2016 there was a group exhibition of work at Brackwede District Library, NRW, Germany. The show developed out of the LFTT Libraries ongoing residency at  Artists Unlimited, Bielefeld under the care of Angelika Höger. Artist and Illustrator Vera Brüggeman chose a bi-lingual gaelic-english book on Irish language composition to respond to with witty …

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LFTT PAPER CUTTING 01LFTT PAPER CUTTING 02On Tuesday the 7th of June we held a Paper Cutting Worskhop in Brackwede District Library, North-Rhine Westphalia, as part of a series of ongoing interventions in the locality called ‘Cipher’. ‘Cipher’ is a project of Artists Unlimited who invited The LFTT Library to take part. The Paper Cutting workshop was one of four events programmed as part of The LFTT Librarys show at Brackwede. (See post on exhibition)LFTT PAPER CUTTING 03LFTT PAPER CUTTING 04LFTT PAPER CUTTING 05 Read More

gabrielle-lucie03_webgabrielle02-helen_webLFTT_Brackwede_Mai 2016_50-webSince June 2015, the artist Angelika Höger of Artists Unlimited has taken care of a selection of the library, which consists of “cultural instructions”, specially for Bielefeld. This special collection includes books on natural sciences and gardening, practical instruction manuals and modern self-help literature. For almost a year now, artists from Bielefeld have been dealing with the library, expanding its potential for meaning and opening it to for experimental readings.

In May 2016 The LFTT Library was invited to programme an exhibition and series of events at Brackwede District Library as part of ‘lAb’ (www.lab-artistsunlimited.de) an ongoing project of curator Anna Jehle. This invitation was a welcome opportunity to showcase the development of the work.  The project was a collaboration between Brackwede District library as host, the Bielefeld Artist Association Artists Unlimited (inc. Angelika Höger) and The LFTT Library. The invited artists were; Vera Brüggemann, Viola Friedrich, Helen Horgan, Angelika Höger, Antje Löbel, Gabriele Undine Meyer and Hildegard Nattebrede. During the exhibition in the District library the selection was open to the public and a number of events took place including a performance by Oona Kastner and Markus Schwartze


Pictured above: Gabrielle Undine Meyer’s work with ‘Teach Yourself Typewriting’ Pitmans College (1966). Undine Meyer fell in love with this book from the 1960s, a time when the artists mother worked as a secretary in Germany. Undine Meyer bought a typewriter and loosely following the instructions and exercises, taught herself to type. The endeavour was showcased in the form of a multimedia installation and performance work. www.gabriele-undine-meyer.de

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Artist and Illustrator Vera Brüggeman (pictured above) has been working as an illustrator and artist since 1995, drawing for books, games, posters, magazines, and textbook publishers among other things. Brüggeman chose a bi-lingual gaelic-english book on Irish language composition to respond to with witty and formally elegant drawings. The series has since been expanded and is to be published as a book. See www.verabrueggemann.de for more information. Below: ‘Aids to Irish Composition‘ published by M.H. Gill & Son, Dublin (1938).


Angelika Höger (below) is known for her large scale kinetic installations made from found domestic objects (a practice she has termed ‘Housewife Engineering’ ).  While looking after The LFTT Library selection at Artists Unlimited the artist came across a number of illustrated technical books including ‘Artistic & Scientific Taxidermy and Modelling’ by Montagu Browne (1896) and ‘How Radar Works’ by Kenneth Ullyett (1948). Combining the fleshy with the extramundane, Höger built a number of small appliances that exhibited strange sentient qualities; like a page turning machine that responds to a motion detector and a tiny motor that spins a paper flower into bloom. www.angelika-hoeger.de

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Antje Löbel (below) was struck by an Art Nouveau craft book on paper flower making while looking through the collection and decided to form a group around working sculpturally with paper which have been holding regular meetings at The LFTT Library at Artists Unlimited ever since. Her contribution to the show was the result of a period of focused immersion in the patterns and folds of intricate paperwork. www.antje-loebel.de

LFTT_Brackwede_Mai 2016_51_webantja02-helen_webantja01-helen_webArtist Viola Friedrich (below) crafted and photographed a series of miniature laboratories from electronic scrap inspired by the book ‘Electrons, Electric Waves & Wireless Telephony’ by J. A. Fleming (1923). Employing model building, staged photography, and found material including as plants, minerals and engineering waste, Viola Friedrich creates points of connection for narratives behind her pictures. What has happened or will happen in the future leaves it to the imagination of the beholder. Friedrich studied photo design at the University of Applied Sciences Bielefeld and graduated in 2002 with a diploma from Prof. Karl Martin Holzhäuser. http://www.violafriedrich.de/


Hildegard Nattebrede (below) created a series of drawings inspired by ‘An Insect Book for The pocket’ by Edmund Sanders (1951)

LFTT_Brackwede_Mai 2016_53_webhildegard-books-helen_webinstall-lucie01_webfolders-lucie02_webScreen Shot 2018-02-01 at 19.48.13PHOTOS: Lucie Marsmann, Marcus Poch and Helen Horgan (2016).