PORTRAIT #10 - JULIA SCHUBERT

JULIA SCHUBERT JUST FINISHED HER STUDIES AT THE FACHHOCHSCHULE IN MAINZ WITH HER BACHELOR THESIS ENTITLED »JA - ES GIBT EIN MULTIVERSUM« (YES - THERE IS A MULTIVERSE) - SEARCHING FOR UNKNOWN NEW SOCIAL AND CULTURAL REALITIES IN THE URBAN ENVIRONMENT. WE ASKED HER A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS ABOUT HER BOOK WHICH IS NOW AVAILABLE IN OUR SHOP.


WHERE ARE YOU FROM/WHAT IS YOUR PROFESSION?
I COME FROM FRIEDBERG NEAR FRANKFURT / GRAPHIC DESIGNER

DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN FIVE SENTENCES.
I ONCE HAD A TOOTHBRUSH COLLECTION AND PLAYED THE DOUBLE BASS. IN THE MORE RECENT PAST
I FINISHED MY BACHELOR IN COMMUNICATION DESIGN AT FH MAINZ. I PREFER COOKING WITHOUT RECIPES,
I CANNOT STOP EXPERIMENTING. RECENTLY I WAS WALKING THROUGH A CEMETERY IN BERLIN AND
SUDDENLY A TURTLE WAS SLOWLY APPROACHING ME. IT WAS FUNNY BECAUSE JUST AT THAT TIME I HAD
THE IDEA TO TAKE A TURTLE FOR A WALK IN THE CITY AND SEE WHERE IT LEADS ME.

WHAT IS IMPORTANT TO YOU DURING YOUR WORKING PROCESS?
TO LOOK AT THINGS THAT HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH MY PROJECT BUT ALWAYS HAVING MY IDEA IN MIND.

SOME BACKGROUND INFORMATION/YOUR MOTIVATION WORKING ON THIS PROJECT?
I WAS NOTICING THAT WHEN I WALK THROUGH THE STREETS AND SEE A POSTER I OFTEN THOUGHT HOW INTERESTING IT WOULD BE TO SPONTANEOUSLY TAKE THE CHANCE AND GO TO THIS EVENT - LIKE GOING TO THE TRAIN STATION, TAKING THE FIRST TRAIN YOU SEE. I LIKED THIS IDEA BECAUSE CHANCE IS TAKING
YOU SOMEWHERE ELSE. MAYBE A PLACE YOU HAVE NEVER BEEN BEFORE, DOING THINGS YOU NORMALLY WOULD NEVER DO . LIKE BELLY DANCE OR TALKING ABOUT CARNIVOROUS PLANTS WITH SOMEONE. SO THIS WAS THE INITIAL IDEA, BUT I WAS ALSO CURIOUS TALKING TO THE PEOPLE THERE AND TRY OUT REPORTAGE PHOTOGRAPHY.

IMPORTANT THINGS YOU HAVE LEARNED SO FAR DURING YOUR STUDIES/YOUR FINAL YEAR PROJECT?
ALTHOUGH HIGHLY MOTIVATED RIGHT BEFORE THE EVENTS OR THE MEETINGS WITH PEOPLE IN MAINZ, I OFTEN FELT UNCOMFORTABLE - YOU ALWAYS HAVE TO EXPLAIN YOURSELF AGAIN, WHY YOU ARE INTERESTED IN DOCUMENTING THE PLACE OR THE EVENT. NOT BEING PART OF THIS »WORLD« I DOUBTED THAT MY GENERAL CURIOSITY IS STRONG ENOUGH. SOMETIMES I FELT NOT EVEN BEING INTERESTED AT ALL. AFTERWARDS I FELT MOTIVATED AGAIN, BECAUSE IT WAS ALWAYS AN INTERESTING AND POSITIVE EXPERIENCE WITH PEOPLE - SO MAYBE I HAVE LEARNED TO OVERCOME DOUBTS, TO JUST DO THINGS AND TAKE IT AS IT COMES.

THE BEST BUY OF YOUR LIFE/THE LAST COUPLE OF MONTHS?
LAST WEEK I ORDERED MURGH CHANA MASALA, IT WAS VERY SPICY.

YOUR FUTURE PLANS/PROJECTS YOU ARE CURRENTLY WORKING ON?
I AM WORKING ON A WEBSITE FOR THE MULTIVERSE PROJECT, AND NEXT YEAR I WOULD LIKE TO START MY MASTER STUDIES.

WHAT WERE THE MOST INTELLIGENT WORDS SOMEONE SAID TO YOU?
»I SIZED UP THE GIANT SPACE BETWEEN THE CONVERSATION WE WERE HAVING AND THE PLACE I HOPED TO GO. I LEAPED.« I HAVE NOT HEARD THAT SENTENCE FROM A PERSON I KNOW, BUT READ IT IN A BOOK BY MIRANDA JULY. I LIKE IT BECAUSE IT DESCRIBES A SITUATION I AM IN QUITE OFTEN.




















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