Internationales Landschaftspleinair Schwedt
Artist Residency in Kunstverein Schwedt between 15th and 26th of July, 2019
The cyanotype, also known as iron blue printing, is an old photographic printing process with blue tones. It is a process based on iron, not silver. It is non-toxic and has no negative impact on the environment.
Absorbent paper is photosensitized with a solution of green ammonium iron citrate and potassium hexacyanido-ferrate and then dried. Even the mixed solutions are sensitive to light.
The exposure takes place under a shadowing object as a photogram (object, plant etc.) or with a negative, by UV or sunlight. On a sunny day, the exposure time with daylight is between five minutes and one hour. In the exposed areas, the iron compound becomes divalent and water-insoluble - the dye blue Berlin is formed. The unexposed parts are water-soluble and can be washed out under running water.
Photogramms made of garbadge and plants found and collected in the Nationalpark Unteres Obertal. The Kessler syndrome (also called the Kessler effect, collisional cascading, or ablation cascade), proposed by NASA scientist Donald J. Kessler in 1978, is a theoretical scenario in which the density of objects in low Earth orbit (LEO) due to space pollution is high enough that collisions between objects could cause a cascade in which each collision generates space debris that increases the likelihood of further collisions. One implication is that the distribution of debris in orbit could render space activities and the use of satellites in specific orbital ranges difficult for many generations.
Blue as the sky
In “Blue as the sky” project, I examine the relationship between human and nature. Can we still see and enjoy the beauty of nature or do we take it for granted? Do we recognize that nature needs our protection if we want to prevent human needs from making our natural environment disappear? In Goethe's Faust, he describes how nature can teach us something about ourselves, but what happens when this nature disappears? If nature and man belong together, can we keep our humanity when nature is no longer there?