As early as 1963, Timm Ulrichs included lightning in his “Total Art List” and from then on he continued to explore it. In 1972 he builds a lightning rod, in 1977 he straps one around his chest and runs naked across a field during a thunderstorm.
“Ulrichs has created a diverse and original body of work over the past 50 years that is only partially defined by the term conceptual art. His artistic practice includes photography, sculpture, text-based works, performance, interventions, art on building, video, or installation. Ulrichs invented the term total art for it: art and life are congruent for him. He thus follows a concept of the historical avant-garde that is older than himself.” (Maik Schlüter)