SURFACE PHENOMENAIN CHARGE OF THE CELESTIAL GODS
Surface phenomena, 2016, installation view, Crusader Mill, Manchester, UK
(photo credits Jan Chelbik)
A series of photographs taken with Polaroid camera alongside the banks of Rochdale Canal, Manchester (2015-16)
The work captures the reflection of industrial mills on the moving watery surface of the industrial
canals. The polaroid film is the means of documentation chosen for its instantaneity and immediacy
as well as for the significance of the ‘upright’ order of the photograph.
As a result of the reduced amount of emulsion on the surface of the photographic sheet, the pictures
come out often with undeveloped patches and ‘burnt’ (overexposed) effect, also reflected on its
commercial name ‘Impossible’ due to the reduced ability to produce sheer pictures. The impossibility
of the film for precision is incorporated in its market value,growing afar from the documentation.
Both aspects respectively are incorporated in the concept matching anew the theme of temporality
and material redundancy in the course of the constantly renewing market which is also reflected through
the decay of the relics of industrial revolution.The final pictures are reversed to match the
perspectives of the viewer and the artist who took the picture, yet, to‘re-erect’ the industrial premises
through the liquidity of unsettled agents.
|Video footage can be found at: https://vimeo.com/211491857|