digital seit 2020
digital seit 2020

Play it like it’s hot

Play it like it’s hot was an art installation in the group exhibition SEEN BY #17: Profiling at the Museum für Fotografie Berlin. Read more for the artist’s statement and photo documentation.

Cellphone screenshots of fire station Playmobile agglomerates on Ebay Kleinanzeigen gather in an abstracted imitation of a play corner. Pieces of mini-fences, built from the remains of a kitchen construction project by an unknown Schöneberg couple, lie broken up around a grey rubber floor mat that lies like a halfpipe against the wall. Individual pictures and elements break out of the corner and scatter around the room.

Photo of black and white images and wooden brackets lie on a black floor.

How much is the fish and how much the fire? What happens when one enters the post-play-era? Is the fun over, or is it only getting started?

Kathleen, 722 classifieds so far, average 3h answering rate, is selling her son’s Playmobile firefighter set, a pink hoody, a Playmobile pirate set (ship with a skull logo on the sail included), a short ballgown dress in light green with a small but irrelevant stain, a smartwatch in original packaging, and a Nokia mobile phone in hot pink with the charger. Do you call 911 for emergencies or 666 for the next adventure?

While the ocean is burning, weapons are not being prohibited on the other side of it. Other rights are tumbling down the abyss. A window pops up, telling you your watchlist is full, asking you to delete a couple of realities or to advertise your own.

Photos and text by Friederike Goebbels. Friederike Goebbels, born in 1986, lives and works in Berlin. She studied architecture at the TU Berlin and in Lyon. In addition to her work in film production design, she has been studying fine arts at the Berlin University of the Arts since 2017. Her practice includes screen print, installation, video, and text.