Dr. Friedemann Schrenk is one of Germany’s leading researchers in the field of paleoanthropology. He is head of the department of paleoanthropology at the Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum in Frankfurt am Main where the encounter with one of OUBEY’s pictures took place in July 2010. He is also professor of paleoanthropology at the University of Frankfurt.
He spends several months each year with his team in East Africa, the “cradle of humanity”, particularly in Tanzania and Malawi, where he had the great good fortune to unearth hominid remains dating back 1.9 to 2.5 million years during excavations in 1991. In addition to his archaeological work, he also supports numerous schools and educational projects in Germany and Africa that seek to promote a better understanding of early humans among children and young people.
Seeing OUBEY’s pictures for the first time, a visitor to the studio remarked that they seemed like “archaeological excavations of the future”. In fact, OUBEY’s interest in the futuristic cosmic visions of science fiction was only matched by his fascination with exploring the deep past on this planet hundreds of millions years ago. As is revealed in a special way in this encounter between Dr. Schrenk and one of OUBEY’s works.