The Odic Fingerprint – Condensation

The first series of experiments concerned with the revelation of the odic fingerprint uses water condensation. The set up still needs to be refined though, but below you can get a rough insight of the experimental situation: Pinhole Camera, studio light, cooking ring, water, a pan and a very provisional see-through condensation enclosure.

While condensation slowly fills the air with its tiny water drops, emphasized through the studio lighting, the camera captures with an exposure of 45 minutes (still too little time, as the subtle result has shown) the odic fingerprint of the atmosphere.

The Odic Fingerprint – Thoughts are Things

They destroy the clumsy tools of their crime; they hide away the knife, the bludgeon; they sop up the blood, they throw it the jemmy, the dead man, the suffocated poor infant, into the ditch, the pool- and they leave intact the odic negative, the photograph of their sin, the thought thing in the air! He would tap his yellow brow significantly.

Here upon this sensitive sensitive plate I reproduce it, the hanging evidence! The headless child is buried in the garden, but the thought of the beheader is left to lie about. I pick it up.(..) What an art is the art of the odic photograph.

(Moris Klaw)

My latest experiments playfully try to reveal the odic fingerprint in reference to the above quoted odic negative: Long time observations through the pin eye of my newly built camera and direct exposures onto/off the surrounding atmosphere made visible through smoke, steam, condensing water, fire and ice.

Above is one of the first results. A 45 minutes recording of boiling water, patiently condensing and water brushing its tiny drops into the air.

Unfortunately, an uninvited guest has set himself just in front of the film holder and covered 3/4 of the image. I will never know what is hiding behind it. Still, the visible result is intriguing. I am looking forward to publish further airy experiments and their respective results soon!

Psychogeophysics Summit Suffolk: The Odic Negative II

Throughout the weeks long psychogeophysics summit we have been investigating the wolve pit of Woolpit, where the alleged Green Children came to light after their odyssey through the shadows of St. Martins Land.

Exposure time: about 2 minutes
Environment: wood, moose, leaves

Psychogeophysics Summit Suffolk: The Odic Negative

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:

Rendleshem Forest.
Exposure Time: Monday 14.00 until Saturday 16.00
Environment: earth, birch trees, leaves

Exposures… through water, through sand – creatures of thought


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











Exposures… through water, through sand





During the latest trip to Peenemuende I did two new thoughtographic experiments. Continuing recent experiments including light and using it as some kind of thoughtographic carrier, i buried – without any light protection – photographic paper in the sand and partly under water > see above images. (Thank you Mr. PF). Exposure time until recollection was 30 minutes and afterwards they got stored in light tight containers until final processing.

Results will be shown very soon.

PS: Light, sand, silver, salts, grain, textures, humidity, sea, water, temperature, reflection, exposure, alfred kubin.

The Dream Detective


Thoughts are things, Mr. Coram. If I might spend a night here – upon the very spot of floor where the poor conway fell – I could from the surrounding atmosphere (it is a sensitive plate) recover a picture of the thing in his mind – indicating Conway – at the last! (…)

What is it, continued the weird old man, but the odic force, the ether – say it how you please – which carries the wireless message, the lightening? It is a huge, subtile sensitive plate. Inspiration, what you call bad luck and good luck – all are but refelections from it. The supreme thought preceding death is imprinted on the surrounding atmosphere like a photograph. I have trained this to reproduce those photographs!

Excerpt from The Dream Detective, 1925 by Sax Rohmer, Double Day Edition

Katier shows: Occulto Fest 12 -13th March


All Infos:


La Gioiosa Macchina da Guerra in collaboration with AC Galerie and
Occulto announce

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
Thomas Zunk
TestCard – Brainmachine
Miguel Negrão
Fausto Maijstral
Roi Poingi
Paulo Chinatown

SUN 13 March: h 8pm
Rinus Van Alebeek
Francesco Cavaliere & Marcel Türkowsky

Martin Howse & Martin Kuenz – “Detection”
Workshop fee: 30 euros – subscriptions here:
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
Talstrasse 3
13189 Berlin