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 ( posten.

Mask Artists:

Dorothea Grimme

Katrin Klug

Brigitte Hoppstock

Allun Turner

Gabriela Popp

Ines Seidel

Verena Friedrich 

(Emmy Horstkamp)


Project: 500 Artists Play Cards -Kickstarter Begins!

Sometimes I’m so busy and immersed that I forget to talk about what I’m doing!  Today, I launched the Kickstarter for our Munich Artists Playing Cards event and deluxe card deck.  The information about the 500 Artists Play Cards project can be found here.  The Munich Artists Kickstarter can be found here.


I will be talking quite a bit about this over the next few weeks before the Balloon Walk and the KloHaeuschen Spa.



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)


Mi Madre – work in progress June 2016


My mother had a stroke. When it happened, I grabbed this book and started pouring ink on it -on all the pages. And the edges and filling the pages with the colors black and orange

After a few days I took my pen and started drawing lines to contain the ink poured inside which is what my mother’s brain was doing to the damaged sections of her mind.  I started cutting sections out. I started filling parts in. 

My mother’s brain must learn new pathways and go around the dead and unusable sections of her mind and it seems that I’m dealing with her tragedy by creating “mi Madre stroked.”

Do you Remember? Street Photography Series

Did you know that I’m a digital girl grasping at ways to make my digital work feel more unique?

This month, I decided to take one of my photos each day and print four prints.  I thought about destroying/deleting the image file after printing four art prints but then I decided to keep the file and archive it.  I’m treating the files as negatives and I may even look for a way to put my digital files on a negative but even though I am keeping the file, I will only create four prints.

From the four prints I’m making, I’m putting one A4 print each day on Ebay.  Sometimes the print will have a starting bid of a Euro and sometimes it will have a starting bid of 4,95. I decided to vary the price based on my love of the photo.  Today, I like this photo but I don’t love it as much as the last two days. I thought about raising the price of the photo I took on March 1st because I really really like it but then where is the fun in that?

I’m calling The series “Do you remember” because the images are always from the day before.   I got the idea from my instagram feed when someone liked a photo from 50W ago. The person scrolled through all my photos and like a photo almost a year old.  I liked that idea and decided to make it more immediate. We have a tendency to only remember important events so my photograph is trying to help you remember something from the day before or, create a memory for the person to remember the next day.

I’m sharing my story behind my image in the ebay description so if you click on Ebay above, you can go read the story behind the photographs.


The Wrong Side of the Street, March 2016 by Emmy Horstkamp



Portrait of Richard Huelsenbeck

This is a big year for Dadaists and a Munich Dadaist asked me to create a portrait of Richard Huelsenbeck.

Because there isn’t alot about Mr. Huelsenbeck on the internet, I bought his memoir “Memoirs of a Dada Drummer” with full intentions of reading the whole book before creating my portrait.

That didn’t work out.  I did read the beginning and the end and was struck by the following quotes:

I left America because I felt I would never succeed in becoming an American in my heart.

I left America because I could never make clear to anyone the true meaning of Dada, which fights against a cultural identity being used as a protective shield for soul and political injustices.

Dada Fought for the freedom of the creative personality for the absence of artistic snobbism and lies.

In my research, I looked for artwork by Huelsenbeck but only a few pieces have been sold at auction and the pieces that were sold were uninspiring.  Huelsenbeck was a doctor and wrote poetry but those were not the part of Mr. Huelsenbeck that I wanted to share in the portrait.  I wanted to share how torn he was about Dadaism, his American life and working as a psychiatrist.

How do I show those in a photograph?

At first, I added text, as I would in an instagram photo.


The photo is a street photo around the corner from my office.  I have many versions of this man but this one was perfect because he has a street cleaner going right into his head (psychiatrist).  The ripped head represented how Huelsenbeck felt about his worlds. America was not home because it was too easy.  He was born to fight against something and that something did not exist in America.  The first version was black and white but, I decided to stick with the color version because I love the colours in this photograph.

Richard Huelsenbeck portrait v3

Looking at the photograph, I decided I didn’t want the text.  I want you to know those words but I don’t want his words on my photograph about him.  It felt wrong so I deleted the words.

I sent the file to the printer and printed it on the wrong side of the photo paper which left the photo looking really wet. Not realising my mistake and thinking I needed a new printer, I took a matt piece of photo paper and laid it on top of my color print and pressed down hard so that the second paper would soak up the extra ink.


I was so happy.  Look at my monoprint from my photograph. This is the first time I printed a photograph and worried about it.  That was a new feeling for me.

For the portrait, I then printed the image on the correct side of the paper and paired it up with the monoprint which makes the full piece.


Portrait of Richard Huelsenbeck Feb 2016 Digital print and monoprint on paper.