Events Calendar
Sep 30 - Nov 12
10:00 - 17:00
Leading Light: At the Outer Limits of Photography
Studio 3 Gallery

Leading Light is a photographic exhibition, but in no way a regular exhibition of photographs... The "orthodox" idea sees photography as the fixing of single, static, projected image. Whereas in the exhibition each of the works breaks with that understanding. Some works, like Corinne Vionnet's (which is on the poster), capture and synthesise multiple digital images of the same subject matter. Some artists use a rather old technology to rethink the photographic process in a highly distinctive way. For example Theresa Mikuriya uses pinhole photography, the most primitive kind of camera but pushes that simple device to its very limits (by elongating the exposure time to eight hours); and Maarten Vanvolsem uses slit- or stripphotography (technique invented at the beginning 20th century) to capture a moment in time. Elias Heuninck rethought the photographic apparatus, building his own single-sensor digital camera. The images he produces strike us immediately as "photorealistic", but there is in fact no lens, no recording of light. The camera uses a infrared sensor and takes measurements of distance, plotting a high definition image pixel by pixel. The most intimate work in the show is David Claerbout's piece "Breathing Bird', these two screens show a little bird sitting on a windowsill looking at its reflection. The image appears still, but is in fact a very very very slow video-loop of 30 minutes. Lastly, the curator wanted to include artists and photographers who rethink the physical medium of photography. Chloe Sells takes pictures with a large format camera in South-Africa (of seemingly featureless landscapes) and in the dark room manipulates the gelatin-layer with ink, paint, and sometimes deep acids. Thus adding into the photograph new colours, and shapes that are outerworldy to the landscape she initially photographed. Similary, Eva Stenram pulled negatives from photographs of the surface of Mars (taken by NASA) and, before developing them, let them gather dust in her studio. The developed images on display combine and flatten the surface of Mars with the surface of Earth.


Studio 3 Gallery,
Jarman Building,
University of Kent,
United Kingdom


Open to all,

Contact: Dr Eleen Deprez
T: 01227 827228
School of Arts


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