Illusion Lab of Happiness
September 23rd to 31st October
The exhibition “ILLUSION LAB of HAPPINESS” embodies the projects from the “discovery authors” of the open call, released in the beginning of 2015 to meet the challenge of thinking critically about the place of “Power and Illusion” nowadays. The Festival reassures on its anniversary the will to launch breakthrough authors, over an open call for the integration of original projects, hereby generating opportunities of production and exhibition for the authors and projects from all over the world.
Under the sign of POWER and ILLUSION, this collection is about the power of the image and inspires us to portray this times of great turning to photography, by the desire of capturing the world and explore the invisible line between truth and fiction, questioning nowadays representations.
BIRGIT KRAUSE – Planétes
“Plánētes — The title of this work by Birgit Krause is derived from the Greek word for “roamers” or “wanderers”. She took pictures of the sun, the moon, and the stars. The photos also show technical devices, boxes, rocks – apparently a reference to scientific work. One believes to see the documents of an astronomical journey. That’s what it might look like out there: infinite space, cool rocks,colourless landscapes, the glistening and green depth of the oceans. Playing with our imagination and our perception of reality, Birgit Krause questions the reality content of our perceived conceptions, thereby taking us on a trip full of alluring illusions. The appeal of deception might also be what creates the lasting effect of her photographs – phantasms of a dreamlike beauty. Trusting her own vision entirely, the photographer does not stage her pictures, but finds a new, strange land in reality.” Ute Mahler
BRUNO CARVALHO – I Confess
Nowadays concepts like reality, virtuality and spirituality, encounter themselves overlap. The most recent technological developments In the mobile communication gears change in an easy and exponential way time flexibility, emptying the space concept nullifying the experience of the real. This new behaviours shape society with particular emphasis on social interaction, promoting a world-culture where Homo Ecranis (Gilles Lipovetsky) rules, where the screen takes on a physical extension of relationship with the real. This new virtual reality, always present and at the same time always distant, makes social interactions swift on an intimate profundity. On the other side, the actual concept of a confessional is a pertinent necessity and its urgent object. The disbelief that globalization could provide everything to everybody, conducted to an emptiness that tends to closure by a coming back of faith and the sacred in the search of new references of “spiritual value” that define the new borders of non-material social politic orientations. The persistent European crisis reveals a wide social alienation based in illegal and immoral realities architected by politic and corporative power minorities with the complicity of a society of majority individualist and hyper consumerist.
CATHERINE BALET – Strangers in the light
This photographic series is an exploration of the intricate relationship between man and technology in the many fields of life. It refers to the new postures of the connected contemporary figures absorbed by the white digital light, and how mobile phones have created a new approach to quick, light mobile photography creating its own aesthetic and affecting our visual culture. The photos of the series are lit exclusively with the light of devices, amplifying the feeling of a 21st century chiaroscuro. This technological glow creates an aesthetic suggesting connections to classical paintings and old masters. It investigates a reflection on the historic disruption that has been imposed by the invention of devices. It questions the ability of ubiquity that technology offers opening to a new space time in a compressed reality somewhere between past, present and future and where speed has become the priority, changing the approach to time and memory. “Strangers in The Light” is a series of 70 photos that has been published as a book by Steidl in 2013.
EDGAR MARTINS – The Poetic Impossibility to Manage the Infinite
The Poetic Impossibility to Manage the Infinite (2014) is the most comprehensive photographic survey ever produced about a leading scientific and space exploration organization and the result of a long-term collaboration with the European Space Agency. In 2012, Edgar Martins was granted unparalleled access to ESA and its partners’ programs, including the microgravity, human spaceflight, lunar, Mars and Mercury exploration programs. Over the past two years, he has travelled to 20 locations across the UK, The Netherlands, France, Germany, Spain, Russia, Kazakhstan and French Guyana to shoot in classified facilities such as test centres, robotics departments, space simulators, laboratories, launch sites and platforms, astronaut training centres and satellite assembly rooms. The photographs were shot using long exposures (up to one hour) and a 10×8”, large format camera. Their clean composition and hyper-real sharpness contrast greatly with the veil of secrecy and enigma that usually shrouds space-related activity. Although rarely seen by the public, the technology and facilities in The Poetic Impossibility to Manage the Infinite look strangely familiar, underlining popular culture’s influence in shaping our understanding of space exploration. Martins’ rigorous, study-like exposé reveals the sheer scale of this global scientific endeavour, perhaps the greatest of our time. The Poetic Impossibility to Manage the Infinite documents our quest to penetrate the astrophysical reality of the universe in order to better understand time, space, and matter. In doing so, Martins highlights the wider politics of space exploration, the ever-growing role of science and technology in our society and our relationship with the unknown, whilst opening up wider questions around epistemology, metaphysics and ultimately humanity’s conception of itself.
DISCOVERY AWARDS OPEN CALL 2015
DELPHINE SCHACHER / EQ2
MICHEL LE BELHOME
RITA PUIG SERRA
SAMSUL ALAM HELAL
SUE ELIE ANDRADE DE