<p>2017/2020<br />
Rosenheim Kunduz<br />
Artistic research</p>

Artistic research about the Rosenheim Poltergeist haunting of 1967. It was investigated by the paranormal investigator (and professor at the university of Freiburg at the time) Hans Bender. In my research, I have been linking the haunting with the event that became known as the Kunduz affair. Around one hundred civilians have died in 2009 due to the false interpretation of drone footage of German military personnel. An US-American fighter jet had communicated video images to the German commanding officer of the German military, who made the decision, based on the video images as well as both correct and false peripheral information, to attack the convoy. Both A.I. and human intelligence combined where not powerful enough to determine whether the moving objects should be classified as threats or non-threats.

The haunting of Rosenheim has been called one of the first media 'spectacles' and has not been declared a closed case as of this writing. During the original investigation, reality and fiction blurred when police and local authorities became involved.

In one news report at the time, the then famous paranormal investigator Hans Bender illustrates how a painting on the wall physically turned around itself in the legal office where the Poltergeist events had allegedly happened. This is just a staging of events. The TV team is not shooting at the site where the events unfolded, and the painting is not the real painting. This is actually not clarified in the report, but can be deducted from the other recordings that were shot on site. However, the real painting that supposedly had paranormally spun around itself can be supposedly seen in a blurry recording. The actual footage of this happening was never released, only the recording of the recording playing in a TV. In the news report, the disctinction between reality and fiction is unclear.

The 'civilian deaths', occurred on the basis of pre-installed belief systems and false knowledge of the commanding officer and his surroundings. His ultimate decision was based on the circumstance he found himself in, in a position of power, and the only images to rely on to correctly identify potential threat was remote blurry video.

The relationship between truth and reality are at the heart of my research trying to connect a trivial happening in a Bavarian small town to a violation of human rights. Their connection is in the way that both events were consumed by most as a media event, remotely, through video, leading to judgment of the events, remotely, based on the audiences beliefs.

For a first step in my research I made a printout of the copy of the flower painting from the TV report about the Rosenheim haunting. I also made a printout of the video still just before the moment of the air strike in Kunduz, that killed civilians. I framed both printouts, hung them on the wall and filmed them with a 2009 infrared video camera in then common poor resolution. Using thin see through thread, I had both images both moving incredulously seemingly by themselves. If you look closely, you can probably see the thread.