HORST ADEMEIT (1937-2010, GERMANY)
Horst Ademeit was born in Cologne in 1937. Trained as a textile designer, he entered Joseph Beuys’ class at the Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf in the late 1960. Here his works were rejected because too conservative and academic; this fact led him to left the total art world. Thereafter Ademeit supported himself as a manual laborer in the building trade.
He took up photography in order to contend with a mounting concern: his belief that he was increasingly subject to the deleterious effects of what he called “cold rays” and invisible radiation, emanating from electrical sockets and fittings in his apartment.
To contain and counter the harmful yet undetectable rays, Ademeit photographed their sources at home, and in his neighborhood, notating his feelings and impressions— as well as detailed data from electricity meters, thermometers, clocks, and other devices—in the narrow margins of his Polaroid prints. While capitalizing on the ease and immediacy offered by this particular process, Ademeit may also have valued the fact that, exceptionally among photographic media, the Polaroid camera produces a unique and unrepeatable image. Over the course of 14 years, he made 6006 numbered Polaroids.
Photos (© Galerie Susanne Zander, Cologne):
1) Untitled, 10.05.1993, inscribed polaroid, 11 x 9 cm
2) Untitled, 11.02.1998, inscribed polaroid, 11 x 9 cm
3) Untitled, 26.07.1993, inscribed polaroid, 11 x 9 cm