The world as the stage of mankind. The work speaks of the absurdity of the human theatre, it’s imaginations and grotesque ambitions. In doing so, it plays with the perceptual patterns of the viewer by deliberately staging contrasting visual means and connotations.

The photographer Hanna Becker is specializing in portraiture, fashion and documentary. BA and MA at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Dortmund. In her works: „fireworks and the sound of the sea“ (2012), „Neuland“ (2013-2014) and the Master‘ s thesis „The Game“ (2017-ongoing), the photographer and author explores the changing values within today‘s society. Hanna lives and works in Berlin.



Built in the beginning of the 18th century it was last seen in 1944. Today, there are numerous theories where it is. The work consists of alleged photographic evidence of the whereabouts. It invites the recipients to follow the clues and build their own version of the story.

Anne Braune studied photography in Bielefeld and Dortmund. Her conceptual projects focus on the connection of photography, history, and truth. She uses found footage, archive material and own photographs. In her PhD project, Anne researches the use of photographic images to prove conspiracy theories. Her works were shown in several national and international exhibitions. Anne lives and works in Cologne.



Simulations are used to create simplified images of reality for different questions and applications. In these models, theoretical assumptions or known facts can be checked in order to gain insights and apply them to the real system. Simulations have become indispensable tools that allow a glimpse into the future.

Marcus Heine is a freelance photographer. 2021 Master of Arts "Photographic Studies" at the University of Applied Sciences Dortmund with the work "The Architecture of Simulation". Lives and works in Dortmund.


643316. Die neue Ebene des Reisens

»643316. Die neue Ebene des Reisens« reconstructs the history surrounding the research and development of the maglev train in Germany. For decades, the so-called »flight at ground level« was dreamed of, researched and marketed. However, the technology has not been used in Germany beyond test operations to this day. The Transrapid became a symbol of failed industrial research.

Jan Ladwig (born 1987). Freelance photographer and artist. 2015 BA Photography at the University of Applied Sciences Dortmund with the work »Abbildung Ähnlich«. Alumni of the German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes). 2021 MA Photography at the University of Applied Sciences Dortmund with the work »643316. Die „neue Ebene des Reisens«. Lives in Essen.



From the fragmentary narratives of my grandparents a nebulous and open family memory develops, which oscillates between fiction and reality. By importing one‘s own set pieces, a completely new sense of the past can be brought into every fracture. What emerges is a montage of many different elements of reality.

Michael Schwarze received his BA of Photography in Dortmund and studied at the Akademie voor Kunst en Vormgeving St. Joost, Breda (NL). Schwarze worked several years as a creative producer in Hamburg and Düsseldorf. Since 2017 he is studying MA Photographic Studies Dortmund. Schwarze lives and works in Hamburg.



>>Present Traces of a Past Existence: A Photographic Research<< reshapes the story of the Dutch diarist Etty Hillesum (Middelburg, 15 January 1914 - Auschwitz, 30 November 1943), her journey, the places and atmospheres about which she writes, combining archive research and photographic intervention. Sounds and words are superimposed on the images in an attempt to give the archived past a new structure.

Lucrezia Zanardi is an artist and PhD researcher at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Dortmund, in cooperation with Radboud University, Nijmegen. She studied at the IUAV University of Venice and at the University of Arts and Design of Karlsruhe, graduated in Multimedia Arts in Venice (2016). Master in Photography and Photographic Studies at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Dortmund (2020). She lives in Dortmund.