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Katier is delighted to be a contributor for the latest edition of the infamous Occulto Magazine! The high gloss volume Issue e: The Metamorphosis will be published round mid of June 2013
Occulto explores new possibilities in the popularisation of science in connection to other fields such as the visual arts, parascientific theories and history of ideas.
Occulto affirms the cultural value of scientific knowledge and the potential of an interdisciplinary approach opened to deviance and irony. Its research also questions past and present attempts to find shortcuts to knowledge (and power), the fascination towards the irrational and revealed truths.
What lies behind the insurmountable gap dividing humanities and science?
PARALLAX View: 1st June to 24th November 2013
In preparation to my upcoming workshop in FFM I returned to the developer tray in my darkroom. On the menu today: 2 cents, 5 cents, 20 cents, fingertips and developer. Counting up to 10 minutes two coins were pressed with my fingertips onto the sensitive side of photographic paper directly in the developer tray.
In another experiment that will be revealed tomorrow, a copper engraving of London was exposed to sunlight for a day, and is now resting nicely wrapped and – hopefully exposing its image – in the shade of two sheets of photographic paper.
Double, etheric counterpart of the physical body which, when out of coincidence, may temporarily move about in space in comparative freedom and appear in various degrees of density to others. The belief in the existence of the double, or astral body, is age old, its acceptance as a working hypothesis solves many a puzzling problem in psychical research.
Nandor Fodor, Encyclopaedia of Psychic Science 1966
Of what is called spirit photography it is impossible to doubt that such photographs have been honestly produced or obtained by Sir Wm. Crookes, Mr. Traill Taylor, Mr. Glendinning, Rev. Stainton Moses, Madame d’Esperance, and others. They are of three main classes: (1) Portraits of living discarnate beings or spirits; (2) Pictures or effigies or lay figures, often very incomplete, and not necessarily human-like; (3) Reproductions of physical pictures, or other objects.
(D.B. M’Lachlan, in the Journal of the S.P.R., Feb. 1900, p. 185)
Excerpt from: Photographing The Invisible – Practical studies in supernormal photography, script, and other allied phenomena by James Coates, 1911, p. 16
Of what is called paparazzi photography it is impossible to doubt that such photographs have been honestly produced or obtained. They are of three main classes: (1) Portraits of living discarnate beings or spirits; (2) Pictures or effigies or lay figures, often very incomplete, and not necessarily human-like; (3) Reproductions of physical pictures, or other objects.
Below are some of quite a few exposures achieved in my darkroom experiments over the weekend. For now, I will call them The apparitions of Vic.
Another spirit celeb’ materialised herself in my darkroom cabinet today. As I mentioned in an earlier post the long announced Star Shots III series is slowly shaping into a rather ghostly series of images through a somehow mysterious agent.
The scan of the original hand proof (b/w baryt paper) below resembles rather strongly a certain Queen B.
For now I cannot reveal how the spirit of living celeb’ star J. exposed herself on my photographic paper (image below), but I do sense quite strongly, that she won’t be the only apparition in my darkroom cabinet.
With the new series, Star Shots III will gradually expose the subtle agent mediating closely between the spirit and the celebrity world.
Another series of experiments using the little water mister. With an exposure time of 1 hour focusing the ever ascending mist into the sunlight, several layers of photographic paper ( I mounted 2 x 4 sheets on top of each other at the back of the pinhole camera), revealed after processing the imagery below.
In my latest series of experiments to reveal the odic negative I used a tiny fog machine or rather a water mister. Through a continuously ascending and descending layer of fog the environment got caught slowly by a medium sized pinhole camera, loaded with photographic paper.
The scanned result of the 30 minutes long odic exposure leaves me with a strange sensation of an infamous 19th century fairytale castle somewhere in the south of germany..