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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..
Grimes Graves. Photographic paper has been rubbed for several minutes onto a decapitated birch tree trunk in the meadows of Grimes Graves.
Last week, katier has been invited to the psychogeophysics summit in suffolk to expose the odic negative of different environments. Here are the first results:
Below – and above – are the results of my recent experiments in Peenemuende, mentioned in an earlier post. Several pieces of photographic paper hidden in the sand and under water for 30 minutes without any light protection.
Photographic paper is a rather patient absorber, and therefore very suitable for these kind of experiments, as it is not as sensitive as fellow film materials. In the thought-o-grahical context of these experiments, light has a double purpose. On one hand it naturally exposes all light sensitive materials and on the other hand it acts as a carrier of something that I will call creatures of thought (whatever these creatures of thought might be and wherever they might come from and whatever they might tell me), I will maybe never know. It is also not important.
The inclusion of light in these experiments allows or even enables these creatures of thought to be absorbed and/or reflected and finally revealed throughout chemical processing on the very photographic paper.
In my earlier thought-o-graphic experiments where light was strictly excluded during the entire process, I was (and still am) concerned with objects or subjects that reflect their specific memory, history, feelings, atmosphere, thought forms etc.. onto the photographic paper. Most of the time in direct contact, the object or subject emits or transmits, the paper absorbs.
In both cases the sensitive layer acts as a revelation or mirror of the presence of these alleged emissions or respectively creatures of thought.
PS: Drawing with light, reflection and absorbation, creatures of thought
La Gioiosa Macchina da Guerra in collaboration with AC Galerie and
A two day festival. A series of sound performances. A video screening. A
12-13 March 2011
Lychener Straße 60
Preview of THIRD PILL – Episode 2 – Curated by Alice Cannava (AC Galerie)
SAT 12 March: h 8 pm
SUN 13 March: h 9.30 pm
Meris Angioletti – “Night Shifts” (2005)
Alessio delli Castelli – “Marry! Marry!” (2008)
Condominium – “U.S.O. Unidentified Submerged Objects”
Bill Dolson – “Storms” (2009 – ongoing)
[epidemiC] – “Loveletter.vbs reading” (2001)
Jon Fawcett – “Common Star” (2005)
Kathrin Günter – “Cabinet for Thoughtography” (2008-ongoing)
Jeff Mann – “Apparition Apparatus” (1999)
Roy Menahem Markovich – “Untitled”
Sandro Pizzichelli – “HG” (2008)
Marcel Türkowsky & Elise Florenty – “Pendulum Report” (2009-2011)
SOUND PERFORMANCES Curated by Federica Rossella aka DuChamp
SAT 12 March: h 9pm
Preslav Literary School
TestCard – Brainmachine
SUN 13 March: h 8pm
Rinus Van Alebeek
Francesco Cavaliere & Marcel Türkowsky
Martin Howse & Martin Kuenz – “Detection”
Workshop fee: 30 euros – subscriptions here: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sat 12 + Sun 13 / h 11.30-19
STATEMENT (for those who read)
At the end of the 1970s Sam Wagstaff put together an extensive collection of photos taken between 1870 and the 1930s, including Mumler’s ghost portraits, Kirlian’s experiments, Darget’s “thoughts photographic pictures” and other pioneering photographer’s works attempting to demonstrate the reality of certain supernatural phenomena. These pictures, beside the historical and ethnographic interest, are strongly suggestive abstract pieces, and Wagstaff explained that the he had collected them to satisfy his own desire to contemplate and explore the “pleasure to see, as when we see people dancing from a window”.
With somehow similar hopes and fears, several people tried to start a communication within a non-human dimension, experiment known as Electronic Voice Phenomena (EVP), voice-like sounds not resulting from intentional voice recordings or renderings. They have been claimed to derive either from paranormal events, or from a kind of materializing of the subconscious (apophenia, or auditory pareidolia), or to be simply hoaxes.
In his short novel It Belongs to the Cucumbers, William Burroughs traces a similitude between his own writing technique of cut-up and Raudive’s “ghost voices” recordings, intentionally creating a mysterious aura around the subconscious process of creativity. Acousmatic music could be seen to be treading the same path; and maybe the same could be said for most creative exploration.
Artistic and musical research often brings results that are surprising not only for the viewer/listener, but also for the artist as well. Unexpected changes, distortions and deviations are a lively part of any creative and intellectual process; but sometimes they are also intentionally part of the project from the beginning.
In his debut as a director Shadows, John Cassavetes let the actors free to improvise on a scenario, something accustomed in the Italian Comedy of Art, but quite unusual in Hollywood. Besides exploring the issue of interracial relationships in a very simple and enlightened way, he also offers one of the best family rows in the history of cinema.
Occulto Fest involves artists and musicians that often focus on unusual, creative and diverted ways to collect and use
data, be they recorded sounds, scientific data, legends, computer programming languages, novels, circuits or images
found on the web. But this is not the full story; they also do so with wit, utilising well developed skills and with the criticaland challenging approach which has always been the best part of any DIY philosophy.
Occulto Fest proposes an exploration of something between scientific experimentation, wonder, hoax, subconscious suggestions and physical reality, using music, videos and other media.
Alice Cannava + Federica Rossella
AC Galerie + Occulto Magazine
Below are three results that I got today experimenting with thoughtographic transmissions throughout the fingertips onto photographic paper in the very developer tray. Letting my fingertips flow over the photographic paper in the developer fluid I concentrated onto different states of mind like anger, fear and affection, until my hands would lift themselves and the state of mind was vanished. Each experiment took not more than a couple of minutes.
I tried to do some more experiments this afternoon, but I didn’t get any visible results.
Due to some problems with the new layout and organisation of katier.org, I decided to postpone the moving and stick to fotokatie for a little while and concentrate more on my thoughtographic experiments instead.
Upcoming: Thoughtographic discharges throughout the fingertips onto photographic paper directly in the developer tray!
This is the story of an envelope inhabited by three sheets of photographic paper that I send to my friend Masumi in London. As part of our thoughtographic experiments she took the envelope on a journey out and about london to let it absorb its ever changing environment including thoughts, smells, tastes, sounds etc. Tomorrow I will develop the three travellers and I am very curious what will come out! Thank you Masumi!