About me

I am a PhD student at the Institute of Cognitive Science at the University of Osnabrück.

The working title of my PhD thesis is: “The moving body as subjectively experienced, experimented with, explored, and cultivated in somatic movement practices”. Based on a phenomenological and embodied approach, I investigate the interplay of intention, imagery and somatic awareness during deliberate & attentive practice, and how continuous practice leads to reorganization of movement perception and control.

I practice Tàijíquán since 2007, and am currently finishing my instructor’s training at Tai Chi Schule Osnabrück, with my teacher Hella Ebel.

From 1998 to 2004 I studied Fine Arts at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, which was a formative experience. One of my later art pieces there, “Partitur eines Bewegungstheaters”, was a rhythmically organized, Dada-esque assembly of sketches, each of which moved me in an odd or strange way.

Partitur eines Bewegungstheaters, 2003. Mixed media on paper. 500 x 250.

“What makes me move”, my very own examination of free will and artistic decisions, resulted in paintings like the one below (Dschörmänie, 2002), were every single stroke was based on a long (hours), meditative decision process and investigation into “why the heck does this stroke come to my mind?” and “could I do it another way”? Admittedly, the resulting painting is not that impressive – all interesting fuzz was happening during the decision making process.

Dschörmänie, 2002. Oil on canvas. 110 x 200.
Dschörmänie, 2002. Oil on canvas. 110 x 200.