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Ein „Selfie“ – mal ganz anders

Körper – Bild – Landschaft Workshop an der KVHS

In den Sozialen Medien sind tausende Selfies zu finden. Und fast jeder der ein Smartphone hat, hat schon mal Eins gemacht. Ob mit oder ohne sexy Pose, Schmolllippen, Duck face  oder aus der Figur-schmeichelnden-von-oben-herab Perspektive… Wir alle haben das Bedürfnis erkannt und gesehen zu werden – so wie wir uns selbst wahrnehmen.

Aber wer sind wir wirklich? Und wie können wir die vielen Schichten und Wahrheiten die uns ausmachen, selbst bewusster erkennen und ausdrücken?

In dem neuen Kurs der Kreisvolkshochschule Oberhavel erstellen die Teilnehmer*innen ein lebensgroßes Selbstbildnis mit Farben, Formen, Symbolen, Bildern und Texten. Du brauchst weder künstlerisches Talent oder Vorerfahrung, nur die Bereitschaft und Lust, dich selber besser kennenzulernen und in einer Gruppensituation zu arbeiten.

Bei dem Workshop geht es um Kreativität, unsere Identität, Körper und unsere Geschichten. 

Diese Dinge bewusster wahrzunehmen, Verbindungen zu erkennen und Wege zu finden das alles für sich selbst auszudrücken… Dazu werden wir uns körperlich bewegen, malen/zeichnen und auch erzählen,  alles immer nur soweit wie es für jeden angenehm ist.

Angelehnt an das Prinzip von Body Mapping (das in den 90er-Jahren in Südafrika als Selbsthilfe für Frauen mit HIV/Aids entwickelt wurde), Äthiopische Heilrollen und verschiedene Mythologien und antikem Wissen aus der ganzen Welt habe ich (Imke Rust, bildende Künstlerin) den Körper-Bild-Landschaften Workshop konzipiert.

Auf großen Papierbögen lernen die Teilnehmer*innen ihre ganz persönliche Geschichte auszudrücken. Die Körperform funktioniert dabei wie eine Landkarte und ich zeige, wie man spielerisch und kreativ eigene Symbole und Ausdrucksformen entwickelt und mehr Selbsterkenntnis erlangt.

Am Ende hat man einen tiefen Einblick erlangt, was die eigene Körper- und Seelenlandschaft ausmacht und in welcher Beziehung wir zu unserer Umwelt stehen. Ausserdem haben wir jeder ein ganz individuelles, spannendes und vielsagendes „Selfie“ erstellt, das wir mit nach Hause nehmen können.

Selfie Life – Hotel Deco Busting

Intervention Against Tasteless Wall Decorations in Hotels and Holiday Apartments. (Part 17)
Intervention gegen geschmacklose Wanddekoration in Hotelzimmern und Ferienwohnungen. (Teil 17)

Since 2010 I have secretly been slightly altering tasteless or boring hotel or holiday apartment art whenever I had the chance to.

I still have not shown you all the Hotel Deco Busting projects I did during our holiday in August… So here, without further ado another one, called Selfie Life.

While walking on the beach with a beautiful sunset, we noticed how every second person was frantically at work to get the perfect sunset picture with their phones. And obviously there were several with those weird selfie sticks, making sure they were in the sunset picture too.

Somehow it felt as if we were the only ones who were present in the ‘here and now’ and actually could fully enjoy the sunset, feel grateful for our beautiful holiday, take a deep breath of the salty sea breeze, smile and just be content… I wondered if the other people, taking photogrpahs actually noticed or felt any of what we did? I hope inbetween taking photos they did.

So this was the inspiration for this hotel deco busting intervention… Our holiday bungalow had a wide variety of wall decorations. All old pages from calendars, all in cheap frames, and this particular one was not even covered with glass… so easy work for me.

Selfie Life (After) I have added the imaginary experience and perspective of a woman taking selfies of her beach holiday to share on her social media.

Selfie Life (After) I have added the imaginary experience and perspective of a woman taking selfies of her beach holiday to share on her social media.

(please click on the images below to see the full picture.)

If you enjoyed this, you can view more Hotel Deco Busting Interventions Hotel Deco Busting Interventions by Imke Rust.

Post 101

When I pressed ‚publish’ on my previous post, I got a note from WordPress – where my blog is hosted – telling me that it was the

*** 100st blog post***

I have written.

Wooohhhooo! I almost cannot believe it!

I must say, I enjoy writing for this blog so much! I only post when I feel I have something to share and not by a set preset schedule forcing me to post at a regular interval. So every post is written with love and joy, and I am excited about sharing it every single time, otherwise I would not post it. And yes, there are a few texts which I have written, but not posted. I was not totally happy with them, so they either were deleted, or saved to a special folder for possible later corrective surgery if there were elements in it which I liked or felt are important.

I am so grateful for all my wonderful blog followers who keep coming back, reading and commenting or liking what I write and share. If it were not for you, it would be no fun and would make no sense to keep writing and posting.

So here is a big roaring

Tiger Thank you

Thank you!

to you all!!!!

Thank you for being a witness to my art, my ideas and my life. It means so much to me!

You probably did not expect another blog post so soon, since I told you last that I will be moving and busy. I just felt the fact that I have just posted my 100th blog, needs some celebration and I might just forget till the next time I can post again… So I have written this post earlier and could schedule it to post today. (WordPress is kind of cool with such things.)

Here is to celebrating 101 posts!

Here is to celebrating 101 posts!

Sometimes I enjoy putting on my panther ears and some facepaint, and for this celebration it seemed perfect.

And while sharing my little private celebration picture with you, I thought of sharing some more interesting information about me, which you might not know.  I am working on another business idea and have been setting up a webpage for it. As I find the ‘About’ pages of artists and people often so boring I wanted to come up with something different for that page.

I will not tell you about the business at this stage, as I hope to do a proper launch soon, but I will share with you the one page which is introducing me. It is called: I am.


I am

I am Imke Rust – the artist and creator of your personal Intuitive Art Elixir.

And, YES I am also

  • a rainmaker in training
  • an artist in love with ideas and concepts
  • inspired by possibility and wonder
  • intuitive, creative and solution orientated
  • a romantic spirit in awe of the mystical and spiritual dimension of life
  • as well as a practical realist and sceptic with an eye for detail
  • sometimes a little bit goofy

I believe in

  • the power of gratitude
  • the goodness and beauty of this world
  • magic, miracles, totems and spirits
  • the creative process as a healing and transformational force
  • efficiency and practicality
  • being responsible for my own happiness
  • … and chocolate when all else fails.

I love

  • my husband and my family
  • darker shades of pink, like fuchsia and magenta
  • the Namib desert
  • being creative and daydreaming
  • uncovering deeper and alternative layers of wisdom, connections and patterns
  • inspiring and thought-provoking conversations with friends
  • researching and musing over the connections between different believe systems, traditions and alternative healing methods
  • solitude and rest, lots of rest.

I feel really passionate about

  • living an inspirational, abundant and beautiful life.
  • shining a light and being of service to make this world a better place.
  • helping you getting in touch with your own wisdom, creativity and intuition.

I know

  • That there is always a way.
  • That art and ritual can be a powerful healing tool.
  • That ultimately all is love.

And some more worldly information:

I was born in Namibia. Love made me split my time between my home-country and Berlin since 2010.

I am an award-winning artist with a BA degree in Visual Arts from the University of South Africa. I have exhibited extensively in Namibia and internationally in solo and group shows, won several awards and stipends and been invited on residencies. I also have been a curator at the National Art Gallery of Namibia and co-founded and managed an extensive art and cultural exchange program between the partner cities Berlin and Windhoek, running over several years.

Want more of the nitty-gritty? Then click here for my official artist CV.


Ok, that’s it for now! Hope to hear from you and to be able to post again soon. If I am not replying immideately to your comments, please have some patience, I am probaly busy renovating or unpacking. Or going for a walk through the forest… but will reply soon!

I love you all!