Freitag, 23. November 2012

fabian oefner

dancing colors
making sound waves visible

what you see on these images are color pigments dancing on a speaker. by placing the pigments on a speaker and then playing music through it, the membrane of the speaker starts to vibrate, creating these funny looking figures. to capture the very moment, in which the pigments are lifted into the air, a microphone was attached to the flash system. Like this everytime the micro picks up a sound, it triggers the flashes.


Freitag, 16. November 2012

maciek jasik II

the remaining thread

in cities, buildings, living rooms, makind has constructed a world for itself.
carefully inserted in between are shrubs, lawns and trees, elements of nature, neatly places as a pleasant visual counterbalance, a faint reminder of our origins.

it's become easy to forget that nature is an ecosystem, a living, breathing world - in truth, the only reality. and this reality is within us always, wheter we accept it or not. psychologically, we respond, wheter in the forest, desert or ocean. therein lies our deepest connection with ourselves.

deprived long enough, we inevitably forget the real thing; when confronted, we consider it annoying, unnerving, alien. and if we do not, if we sense the manufactured as inauthentic, we are placed in opposition to this society. and so this remaining thread of feeling, of kinship for nature, can unravel into a nightmare. individually we can escape; collectively our fates are interwined with every calamity borne of our making and from nature's recoil.

pueblos jovenes

there is a simple, clean beauty in free-market capitalism. in this idealistic view of human beings as wonderfully rational and capable actors there is a spark of the energy of what is possible. my work is an examination of the results of this ideology, how a 'freedom to be an economic actor' is a façade for 'freedom from providing services.'

looking deeper, this idealism laid bare is dangerously dishonest; this dream played out is a free petri dish for the greater city. maybe it will play out well, and the elite will gain a new member. if it doesn't work out, it didn't cost a thing. the remains settle back to the barren earth, the dreams and efforts absorbed and digested.

this series of photographs was taken in the pueblos jovenes, or young town of lima, peru, in september 2008.

Donnerstag, 15. November 2012

maciek jasik

a very inspiring, thoughtful and profound photographer.
he primarily focuses on the psychological impact of manufactured society and questions of character and the self in a media saturated world.

if you'd like to read more about jasik, there is a very intresting interview in the only magazine empty kingdom
if you would like to see/read more: website, facebook

a few statements by maciek jasik about his recent work:

the idea of the single soul is the basis of western religion and society. it is the source of individuality and desire. and the portrait defines this self by exposing the soul through a clarity of vision. we feel we can sense the texture of a soul through the details and subtleties of the subject's expression.

"in reality however, every ego, so far from being a unity is the highest degree a manifold world, a constellated heaven, a chaos of forms, of states and stages, of inheritances and potentialities. it appears to be a necessity as imperative as eating and breathing for everyone to be forced to regard this chaos as unity and to speak of his ego as though it were a one-fold and clearly detached and fixed phenomenon. even the best of us shares the delusion" - hermann hesse, the steppenwolf

'we can instead conceive of the soul as a composite of thousands of disparate souls, evolving and changing, extracted by circumstance and reaction.  This series seeks to shed light on this great expanse within us, beyond what we aim and hope to be seen as, and into the far reaches of our psyche, dark corners unknown to us until the very moment they emerge.'

a thousand souls

bypassing the rational

'in the 19th century, photography allowed painting to pull away from detail to focus on an emotional response to reality. with 'bypassing the rational' I am knowingly retreating from the details which draw and entice us, and which allow us to judge. seeing every pore, every scar and sag is not a route to intimacy, it is a pretence.

instead of focus only reaches part of the figure. the rest is a blur in a vibrant, limitless sea of color, a confluence of emotions and feelings, this evokes the traces of memory we have for each other. the limited focus demonstrates our inability to ever fully understand each other. this action becomes so pronounced, genders can be difficult to discern, even the bascics can't be taken for granted.