I spent one month in a residency program jointly set up by Residency Unlimited and Visual AIDS in New York in February 2013. During this time, I had a chance to meet or be introduced to all thepivotal actors of aids activism and research. It was an immense satisfaction to get an opportunity to meet the artists and researchers I was writing about.
This precision and sharpness is what I found most valuable with Residency Unlimited. One month in New York is short, especially being there for the first time. Never before at an exchange program had I been guided so precisely to my goals. Every single meeting was notable; every single person I met provided valuable information, inputs and important contacts for my future research. Working with the Visual AIDS office was also great. Their archive is very interesting for my research as well as their thorough knowledge and experience on the subject. They were the best hosts I could have imagined. Always open for questions, ready to help, so I have gained during this month not just long term collaborators but friends also.
I started to work as project leader at the project “AIDS as a Global Media Event: An intercultural comparison of posters and their imagery” at the German Hygiene Museum in Dresden. The project developed by DHMD is part of an International Museum Fellowship Program supported by the German Federal Cultural Foundation and Goethe Institute.
The New York experience gave me an enormous advantage. This is why I asked for Residency Unlimited to be listed at the official web page of the project next to my biography.