The simple shapes of the commonness which have a face, a history, a being: Chewing gum machines. Who approaches to them with the undisguised look of the inquisitive person and watchful, not with the eye of the passing, hastening past, discovers symbols of the world, her development and her state in them. The machines in which the concrete to the living becomes by the social sphere, the social context. The objects of small desires which tell not least about it on what a narrow space technology and person live together.
Manuel Schroeder realised the photographic project etween 2003 and 2005 as a strict serial work for the purposes of the “Neue Sachlichkeit” in support of the work of Bernd and Hilla Becher’s „nomadic architecture“. Here the establishment and the demolition of the wall machines follow the interests of capital utilisation and profit production. “Turned off” is at the same time an urban research and cultural anthropology.