Auswildern/Return to the Wild

Ursula Achternkamp, a WimmelResearch-Fellow at Platform 12, hypothetically posed the question »If there were unconditional basic income, would you come to work again? No / Yes, if … / Yes, but … «
Her site-specific project Auswildern/Return to the Wild is an analysis of the consequences of an unconditional basic income based on the evaluation of questionnaires answered by people working on the Bosch campus. As a second strand of her work, she examined how the field located near Bosch would have to be prepared to return a common hamster to the wild. Behind these two very specific topics is the overall issue she is concerned with: the coexistence of the two worlds we live in – analogue and digital.
The WimmelResearch-Fellowship is a joint project between Robert Bosch GmbH, Akademie Schloss Solitude, and Wimmelforschung. The collaboration is based on the development of Platform 12, an experimental space designed by the artist duo Wimmelforschung in collaboration with Bosch as part of Bosch’s new center for research and advance engineering. The platform offers an environment that allows its employees to work independently from the company’s organizational structure and serves as a creative hub. As an essential feature, Platform 12 includes a permanent collaboration with Akademie Schloss Solitude, in whose framework artists of various disciplines engage with the company as indirect observers and outside instigators with their own artistic projects.


Sophie-Charlotte Thieroff
Hagen Betzwieser

Camera / Editor / Postproduction:
Hagen Betzwieser

Elena Kaifel, Luzi Gross
Akademie Schloss Solitude

Thanks to:
Dr. Ulrich Weinhold, Zoo Heidelberg
Lisa Przioda, Robert Bosch GmbH

Rhytn, Podington Bear