Antje Schiffers is interested in the everyday realities of various groups within society, and in the ways their lives are shaped by economic, political, and social conditions – at both local and global levels. She learns different languages and travels a great deal; being on the move is part of her artistic working method, as the exchange of experience is always based on close cooperation with the partners in any given project, organized mostly on a barter basis. In return for her artistic work, Schiffers receives texts, videos, everyday objects, or hospitality. This apparently matter-of-fact exchange also raises questions of the relative value of different activities and touches on issues of utility value versus artistic value, connected with the Romantic notion of the artistic genius. On the one hand, this working method necessitates direct participation of those involved, while, on the other, a distanced analytical view is essential in order to clearly communicate the underlying ideas with regard to the various “operating systems” within society.