Germany, 1937 - 2010
Horst Ademeit spent the last forty years of his life documenting the existence of “cold rays” and recording their detrimental effect on both himself and his surroundings. To this end, he took thousands of Polaroids and digital photographs, which he numbered and dated in order to keep a record of his everyday observations. On the margins of the photographs, he wrote down —in nearly illegible handwriting—the smells, sounds and atmosphere that surrounded him each time he pressed the shutter release. His table was piled with tabloids (mostly copies of the Bild-Zeitung), letters and food. It was there that, using a Geiger counter, light meter and other measuring devices, he calculated the intensity of the cold rays as he tried to discover who was responsible for all of his and the world’s problems. “It is just a question of time before I catch them red handed”, he claimed.