© 2018

Johanna Käthe Michel

*1989 in Düsseldorf


seit 2014: Bildende Kunst (LA), Universität der Künste Berlin, Klasse Prof. Ursula Neugebauer / Deutsch, HU Berlin
2011 - 2014: Kunst (LA), Muthesius Kunsthochschule Kiel, Klasse Prof. Elisabeth Wagner / Deutsch, CAU Kiel
2008 - 2010: Psychologie, Philipps-Universität Marburg

ob ich schaue | wether I look

since 2015
digital photography, found photography digital image archive, series of prints each print 60 x 90 cm

‚wether I look‘ is a series of printed digital photographs. Private photos of mirrors for sale on the internet plattform ebay have been collected in an archive that contains hundreds of images and is still growing. Chosen images were photographed from a computer screen and printed in large scale.
This transformation - the photo of the digital screen - causes the so called moiré-effect.


ongoing project
Installation, Performance, Collection of teas and words
Installation: pedestal, used teabags

During our exhibition opening in Münster - in context of the opening of Skulptur Projekte Münster 17 at Haverkamp - I served tea to the artists brewed from all kinds of „Wohlfühltee“ (wellbeing tea) together - a brown thickish inedible drink - that promises to optimize you to perfection. Since then I continued collecting teas, that promise any kind of harmony, as well as the text written on the teabags.
After the tea serving the mountain of used tea bags was presented on a clean white hexagonal shaped pedestal. The collection grows and a big installation with a lake full of this perfection liquid is planned someday.

{Abk.} | Shortcut

installation in UdK‘s entrance hall
crowd control system, text, framed digitalized drawings,
quote from website installation of posts: ca. 200 x120 x 700 cm
frames: each 25 x 19 cm

„Oft entscheidet die richtige Führung von Menschenmassen über Erfolg oder Misserfolg einer Großveranstaltung. Wir setzen Ihre persönlichen Anforde- rungen an eine sichere und funktionelle Personenlenkung mit Kompetenz und innovativen Ideen um. Überzeugen Sie sich, wie schön Menschenführung sein kann!“

For the Master‘s presentation a crowd control system blocks the way through the UdK entrance hall. The barrier forms a shortcut, three letters - one of the most frequently used acronyms in online communication - a comment on the situation at the university. Like many barriers, the posts are rather symbolically blocking ones way - these special kind of system uses belts that open in case somebody pushs against the barrier.


intervention in public space, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin in context of SCHWARZE PISTE #1, during Berlin Art Week lettering ca. 70 x 550 cm

By removing the layer of algae in the water basin in front of the Haus der Kulturen der Welt ‘modal particles‘ - words of the spoken language that emphasize a particular aspect of a message and convey the speaker‘s attitude towards this message (freely translated: SO CERTAINLY MAYBE) - appear in public space. The text is written in capital letters and is of such dimensions one can read it well from the house‘s terrace.
The intervention results from the first action of the group SCHWARZE PISTE who from 2013 on worked parasitically during certain major art events in Europe. One of our question always was: Who is allowed to show/talk? The text and the implementation reacts on that as well as on the group process and the tension between arrogance and inferiority complex.

Aufstellung | how to get a sea into an art gallery

Pieces of wood and metal, Painting equipment
(constellation of pieces can differ)
Imagine to let the sea inside the white cube of Stadtgalerie Kiel during the Brockmann Price exhibition.

The pieces lean against the wall like being forgotten there. All pieces are ‚broken‘ - show a clear horizontal cut - at the exact same hight (measured straight from the floor) like the lower
parts are seen through a water surface. The ‘braking‘ angles are exactly measured in regard to the visual effect caused by the differing light speed concerning to the media - water or air - the light is going through.


series of wearable pieces textile, people each ca. 50 x 40 x 40 cm

FEW is a series of wearable pieces made of textile. The shells are hanging at retainers on the wall and oscillate between clothes and sculptures. The visitors are allowed to take them and to try out the special view which is preset by the form of each piece. At the same time the visitors begin to be a sculptural part of the exhibition.

some actions are more real than others (Spiegeln) | (mirror)

in cooperation with Sabrina Schuppelius
performance at Messeplatz, Basel
in context of SCHWARZE PISTE #2 during Art.Basel
each time 30-60 min.

Two visitors stand nearby the fairground. They are carrying out a sequence of simple movements people tend to do, when waiting. They both seem to act normal, but any movement one does is simultaneously mirrored by the other. After a while the performance ends with both moving away from each other in opposite directions. Later on the enactment can be observed at another place in the area.

fisch und Fleisch

in cooperation with Frederike Brenseler performance 120 min.

During the vernissage the bellies of the artists are visible through a round window opening of a former goods elevator in a warehouse building in Ham- burg. We exposed our body parts to the audience and at the same time avoided the vernissage audience in an arrogant manner.