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Marc Schmitz is a German artist based in Berlin. He explores the foundations of the different media that he is in use with, by challenging their limits. His works convey sensuality and thought, inviting the viewer to enter into a mutually constructive dialogue, while addressing the limitless space with all of the viewer’s basic senses. His works have been exhibited internationally, are represented in private and public collections and have been remarked with several international awards. Marc Schmitz’s recent projects have focused on finding and interpreting unclaimed or contested/bare public spaces, and on reading the importance of the spatial relationship to both personal and shared-cultural memory. The stories told in those blank spaces reveal alternate possibilities for the human experience – and particularly our experience of urban zones. His work is oriented toward the public sphere, is collaborative more than it is interactive, relies on ethnographic and art-historical research, and takes advantage of both contemporary and historical forms of artistic media. Marc Schmitz has exhibited at Folkestone Triennial, Goethe Institute, Tianjin Art Museum, The Barbican Center, 55th Venice Biennale, UBE Biennale and Land Art Mongolia..
The work ‘Spirits of the Forest’ is an assemblage of hats from different individuals and regions, selfie stick, arrangement of credit cards, and unfinished panama hat, label embroideries made in Mongolia. Tourists buy souvenirs during their holidays and most souvenirs are used as presents or objects to remember the place of visit. Hats were once objects that showed social class and identity, but now it has become an object that people buy before travelling or at holiday places.