Archaeology Box
Lithium salts, plaster casts and cylinder seals from ancient Persia, maps, Pumumba-plant (leaf), portrait of Gertrude Bell, timber, test-tubes


The Archaeology Box contains objects made from lithium salts, collected by Gertrude B. in the Dasht-e Kavir, Iran’s Great Salt Desert. It was there that nomads taught her about the medical qualities of the Pumumba-plant. Chewing this plant enables its user to distinguish between sensible and less sensible ways of living, to treat fauna and flora with respect and to live according to changes in temperature rather than world politics. Today, the Pumumba-plant is in danger of extinction, worldwide. The Archaeology Box shelters one of its rare leafs.


Bat Box
Untreated timber, linseed oil, night-scented flower-seeds, tarred felt

The Bat Box offers protective space for tiny, highly complex creatures that have existed for more than 50 million years. Today, their habitat is in danger of extinction. The Bat Box also contains a removable drawer, housing a selection of night-scented flower seeds that can be sown near the box to start off a new habitat

Bentham Box
Slate, plan + section of Bentham`s Panopticon,
card board, model of Bentham`s Auto-Icon


The 'Bentham-Essentials-Box' contains Bentham`s Panopticon, Auto-Icon and his ideas on who should be included in moral considerations. The Box was commissioned by a female philosopher who tried to convince Foucault to correct his interpretation of Bentham`s Panopticon. Foucault refused to understand, so she hired a stone mason to carve Bentham`s main question in stone: “the question is not can they reason, nor, can they talk, but can they suffer?” The box now lives at Bentham House, University College London.


Biography Box
Felt, plaster, MDF, photographic paper, masking tape

The Biography Box was commissioned by a female urban nomad. It houses a cast map of her life. Thin threads stitched into the map indicate her migration routes which are not based on seasons but on people she loves. The box's false bottom consists of drawers containing her wisdoms for those who have settled, such as the wisdom about how to “wander off”.

Kosovo Box
MDF, cardboard, 2 DVDs, poppy seeds, sewing material, felt, books

The Kosovo Box was a present to the women of Vushtrri, Kosovo.
It contains a step-by-step construction manual - similar to a recipe book - on how to construct your own sheltering space. It also houses seeds for the building's garden and roof, as well as books for a reading room. As a 'black box' it contains sketches and notes from the Milosevich trials at the War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague. The Box visited Kosovo several times, so that local women could contribute to its content.

Kyrgyzstan Box
Walnut (timber), herbs, slate, newspaper clippings, maps

The Kyrgyzstan Box shelters the path to the world`s largest Juglans regia (Walnut) region in the Fergana Valley / Tian Shan. The box can be used to give insights into the connection between the collapse of the Soviet Union in1991 and this ancient Central Asian walnut forest.

Landmine Box
Dental plaster, gold leaf, red velvet, MDF, glass

The Landmine Box houses 5 anti-personnel mines, including the Butterfly, a small mine that is often mistaken for a toy by children. The mines are 1:1 casts showing the exact scale of their explosive originals: each of them fits into the palm of a hand.
They are covered in gold and as gold mines they hint at the money laundering effect weapons tend to have.

Landmine Box (special edition for the German Parliament)
Timber, anti-vehicle-mine, butterfly mine, cluster bomb

The Munitions Box was commissioned for an exhibition in favour of banning landmines and cluster bombs in the German Parliament. Original shells of mines and cluster bombs were fixed to the box, so that politicians could get physically close to the weapons without being able to steal them. Yet, the box was locked and sealed in the run-up to the exhibition. For the opening, however, the Parliament's Vice Chancellor unlocked the box for media coverage. After the media had left, the box was banned from the exhibition for security reasons.

No Echo – No Narcissus Box
Iron, Prerafaelite paintings (photocopies), linen, timber, fake Narcissus bulb
This box is a defence-kit against Narcissus-like creatures. It houses a purpose-built iron ring with a polished center that can be used as a mirror and iron finger-armour against any Narcissus. It also contains information about the medical uses of Narcissus bulbs, such as causing nausea. The finger-armour was made in collaboration with the goldsmith Friederike Maltz.

Orlando Box
Book binding linen + cardboard, 2 books, photographs, sleeping pills, Oyster Card, Ink pen

The Orlando Box houses the connection between gardening, writing and sex change.
It contains photographs of the model for Virginia Woolf`s Orlando: Vita Sackville-West, as well as images of their gardens at Monk`s House and Sissinghurst Castle. The Orlando Box also houses writing instruments and sleeping aids for the next generation of writers.

Pathology Box
Cardboard, pillboxes, pencils, paper, dropping glass

This Box is a tool for investigating urban space via personal moods and vice versa. It is handed over to one box user at a time. The box user is asked to wander through the city and to fill the box with urban samples that trigger personal moods. This makes the Pathology Box a registration device and archive, linking urban space with personal affects. After each filling the box gets emptied and the individual contents are translated into maps. The maps can be read as personal city cartographies as well as psycho-cartographies of each box user.