KloHaeuschen Spa Article in MucBook

I had a great time with journalist Leonie Meltzer at the KloHaeuschen Spa.   The spa is now in its second week and I’ve started working on the KloHaeuschen Spa memoir.

The memoir was not a planned part of this project but an idea added on after guests started telling me stories.  This was an unexpected and happy surprise for me so I decided to do something with these shared words.

The memoir will be a combination of their words and mine – their experience and a few of my lifetime experiences released at the KloHaeuschen Spa.

Want to know how I write? You can read a few flash fiction stories here.


My True Self – Lange Nacht der Muenchner Museen Installation

“My True Self” (Mein wahres Ich)  Installation von Emmy Horstkamp & Munich Artists

October 15, 2016

Masken im Spiegel

In unserer heutigen Gesellschaft tragen Menschen “Masken”, um ihr wahres Ich zu verbergen. Sie wollen nicht, dass ihre Umwelt mitbekommt, wie sie fühlen und wer sie wirklich sind.

Der rechte Spiegel ist voller solcher Masken, die Künstlerinnen und Künstler von Munich Artists während einer Installation im Juli 2016 abgelegt haben. Sie haben im übertragenen Sinne ihre Ängste und den Konformitätszwang der Gesellschaft abgelegt, um ihr wahres Ich zu zeigen.

Die Rückseite des Schranks ist verspiegelt, so dass Sie einen Blick auf das wahre Ich der Künstlerinnen und Künstler werfen können. Sie sehen damit auch die innere Schönheit hinter den Ängsten und Sehnsüchten der Menschen.

Du bist Deine eigenen Gedanken

Der Spiegel auf der linken Seite möchte, dass Sie einen positiven Gedanken finden. Viele Menschen schauen auf ihr eigenes Spiegelbild und haben negative Gedanken, indem sie lediglich auf Äußerlichkeiten schauen. Das Konzept des Spiegels versucht dies zu verändern und lenkt Ihre Aufmerksamkeit zurück auf Ihre Gedanken.


Ich würde mich freuen, wenn Sie im Rahmen dieser Installation ein Foto von sich selbst im Spiegel machen würden und dies auf Facebook oder Instagram mit dem hashtag mytrueself (#mytrueself) teilen könnten. Ich werde die Bilder sammeln und auf unserer Munich Artists Website (www.munichartists.com) posten.



Mask Artists:

Dorothea Grimme

Katrin Klug

Brigitte Hoppstock

Allun Turner

Gabriela Popp

Ines Seidel

Verena Friedrich 

(Emmy Horstkamp)


Fill The Void – August 30, 2016


My 1k balloons arrived.  Look how cool they are.  On Tuesday August 30th, I will be blowing up 1k balloons and filling the void located at Schleissheimerstrasse and Rottmannstrasse (A corner lot that will be a construction site starting in September 2016.)  Blowing up the balloons and placing them in the location will take about four hours but I’m going to start at 1300 so that I have plenty of time before I’ve asked people to come and take a balloon and get their portrait filling the void.

The installation/ art happening is called Fill the void and I’m asking people to come and share how they fill the void.   They can interpret that anyway they want.    I will photograph them with a balloon and if they share with me how they fill the void, I will photograph them with that notecard too so that I can keep track of the person and the void they fill.  I will be videotaping the process and the end result but I will be photographing the people because I’m one person.

The balloons are blue.

Why did I pick blue?   The artwork created by HNRX is red and looks kind of like a shrimp so my balloons will be the waves of a sea underneath.  Waves of change.  Waves of enlightenment. Waves of tired Mingas ready to relax and have a beer.

Blue has so many symbolic meanings which can also be associated with the project but I wanted to let you know that I picked blue because of water and waves and the serene feeling blue gives me.  I also want to give Maxvorstadt a big dose of blue colour therapy too.

If you want to join me, I will be blowing up balloons most of the afternoon. If you want to participate, you are welcome to come at 1900 on August 30th to the corner or Schleissheimerstrasse and Rottmannstrasse, Munich Germany (Near Stiglmaierplatz)


“Minga Pill” Installation February 2016

Happy Sunday.  My installation Mingapill starts tomorrow at Odeonsplatz, Munich, Germany and will exhibit for the full month of February 2016.

I had two weeks to work on this installation and I’m happy with what I created. The art piece is inspired by this photo that I snapped at Odeonsplatz and flipped into black and white.

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For the installation, I took the black and white image, printed it and dipped the prints in encaustic wax.  the four blank pills have additional ink on the black sections (I was testing to see if it made any difference.) The artwork looked better with just encaustic over the digital print so I used the inked versions for the blank pills separating the two sides so that I can make a version that is coloured and backlit.  I already know that backlighting doesn’t really work in this window so I kept the piece simple and ready for the scorching light of the window.

The pills are hung on fabric using magnets.  Here is everything looking perfect at the studio.


Originally I was going to have a second layer in the visual plane between the pills and the video but after contemplating the space a bit more, I decided that it wasn’t needed.  I decided to keep the piece simple enough that people who are seeing it from a distance can enjoy it.

The text for the video comes from the following flash fiction piece I wrote last week.  Here is the first draft of Mingapill

Its a hard pill to swallow 

but you know you want to try

what the candyman has to offer 

so freely

even though its big and bitter and leaves

something to be desired.

You’ll Grab one

no doubt about it.

It’s a hard pill to swallow

Scraping down 

it may even scar you 

in places no one can see.

The candyman 

he waxed his way in 


You can handle it, I’m sure

Just Pick one.  There all the same,  

no sugar coating to ease the pain,

cause you never said 

you wanted wonderland

and you’ll settle for whatever

comes your way.

Nothing wrong with that.

It’s a hard pill to swallow and leaves something to be desired and

Mingaland is where you’ll land.

 Once I wanted one

cause I never wanted wonderland 

until now.

First draft wich means that as I was editing the video, I changed the words.  It felt wrong to repeat lines in the video and I didn’t want to focus on Candyman.  The candyman is a man from the southern part of the US who gives away sexual favours for stuff- a sort of gigolo which is what I’m referring to in the story but, I didn’t want people to think of the other two meanings – a drug dealer or, a horror story character so I cut out candyman and focused on talking to a person and their decision to eat a minga pill.

Here is the new text:

originally the video was going to be old creative commons footage but it didn’t go with the pills so I scraped the video and just focused on the text to go with the pills and used the photograph of myself with those pill shapes all over my face.  As I was making the video, I was thinking about that fortune teller box where there is a face and it tells you what will happen. so I’m the fortune teller in the video box.

fortune teller image

I love living in Munich but at the same time I find it very difficult to accept the back off until it’s proven to work attitude. Luckily even after 10 years, I still have the optimistic American attitude I was raised on and I’m willing to trudge my way forward. The only difference now is that I’m not worrying whether other people settle for less then what they deserve.  I see it now as their right to settle and my right to move on which is what I’m saying with the Minga Pill.

Here is the final installation in the window.


I moved the video screen right in front like the fortune teller’s box. I bought the black stand after creating the pill wall piece. I think I may print some more pills and add a bottom row if I show it again.

I may edit the video and make it smoother and add my face to “the swallow” text.  It is the only segment without the face. Initially I had several of those black spots with just words but I changed all of them to the gypsy face…. The video in the installation will remain the way it is because I don’t want to keep opening and closing the big glass window and I’m ok with the video as it is, it can just be better which is what I will work on a bit this week.

It is amazing how many hours you can spend editing a two minute video.  My favourite part of the video is the last bit which is inspired by my encaustic artworks on LED boards.

If I had a scorching spotlight like the ones in the Window, I may have gone with just plain paper instead of the encaustic pieces because I can see every drip of wax and scratch from moving them around. They were so beautiful when I first made them.  It is very humbling to see how imperfect they all are and how something printed digitally can be made to look handmade and used.

If you are in Munich, please go check out the installation.  I will be giving away a few more pills for Free art Friday.  I gave away one pill last Friday. I hope the person likes it.


yup. So that is my installation notes.  I had a thousand ideas floating around in my head but this one latched on and things flowed. The video was a bit of a snag point but once I stopped using creative commons footage, I was ok.  I’m guessing this is something to remember, I shall stick with my own footage in the future to avoid wasting time.



Crush Installation at Odeonsplatz

Here is the Odeonsplatz Installation.  There are four pieces of artwork and a video.  The installation is called Crush.

It originally was about a man I saw in the subway and then nobody showed up at my studio at Frauenstrasse 18 and I decided that the Crush would be TMNK a/k/a Nobody.   12469613_888031357971622_8695749958193068189_o

The piece on the left is by me (Emmy Horstkamp) and the piece on the right is by TMNK “Nobody.”   The video which is behind Nobody in the photo below loops from 900 in the morning until 2200 in the evening.  The video was created before the artwork and talks about being crushed.12494540_954368164618331_1522659990_o

The artwork on the wall is “crushed” together as the artwork would be on a street wall.  Nobody wanted the artwork to be on all four walls of the window but, if I asked him to paint a street wall several times, you would only see the last work which is what I’ve done in this installation. Behind my plan b Dorothy image and his praying man are two more images he created while at my studio.12494600_954368694618278_1762917436_o12511012_955085537879927_1609302309_o

The installation will be on the walls until the 30th and then I will be installing a new installation that will be up during the month of February.  The opportunity to put a second installation on the walls was offered to me yesterday and now, I have a few weeks to make a new video and artwork for the walls.  This time, the installation will be just me.  I don’t have time to collaborate with another artist but I have an idea for the video. This time, I will be working with the whole space of the window including the glass. (I have window markers and I’m not afraid to use them.)