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Resident #3: Mathilde ter Heijne

Each school year lab.Bode invited experts from different disciplines to interrogate the collections of the Bode-Museum from different perspectives. Artists, researchers, and practitioners were commissioned with finding new topics and questions, which were then added to the catalogue of potential topics and contributed new perspectives to this pool. To conclude their residencies, participants formulated a commentary, which they left behind in the museum. Whether an intervention that was visible in the museum, a text, or an artistic format, these served as starting points for the development of new school projects.


lab.Bode residentMathilde ter Heijne, Professor for Performance and Media at the University of the Arts Berlin

Mathilde ter Heijne’s artistic practice entails various points of connection to the collections of the Bode-Museum. For example, in her projects she investigates identity and sex relations in current and past societies. This emphasis can provide a good source of inspiration for our programme “Let`s talk about Sex. Gender and Forms of Sexual Diversity in Art” that can be booked by schools and other programmes. In addition, her current interests include the potential of rituals, participation, and performances. This also has parallels with the collections of the Bode-Museum. Many works, particularly those stemming from a religious context, were often originally endowed with performative dimensions associated with religious rituals.

Dates: October 1–5, 2018


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Five days and five questions

On the first day of her residency, we asked Mathilde ter Heijne five questions about her work and her stay at the Free Space:

Who are you?
What is your first, spontaneous reaction to the Bode-Museum?
What interests you in particular?
What do you expect from your stay?
What are you looking forward to?

5 Fragen an Mathilde ter Heijne vor ihrer Residency


After her residency, we asked Mathilde ter Heijne to look back on her time and asked her questions again:

How would you describe your residency in one word?
What topics did you deal with?
What was surprising?
What comments did the residency inspire you to make?

Fragen an Mathilde ter Heijne nach ihrer Residency