Paths to Everywhere / a Similar Journey
installation with vitrine table
approx. 5,4m x 0,65m x 0,75m 8 negatives 6 x 9cm, 8 smart Phones, 1 negative folder 10 x 12cm
The point of departure for this work is an almost antique folding camera, a Voigtländer Bessa from 1935, that used to belong to my grandfather and came into my possession about one year ago. He was an amateur but dedicated photographer and a lone traveler who died when I was 4 years old. I decided to go in search of negatives produced by this same camera. I obtained a small archive of unknown negatives (without dates or any contextual information) and discovered the images my grandfather had captured somewhere between 80 and 40 years ago, while printing them in my dark room.
Paths to Everywhere/ a Similar Journey presents a fictitious journey that is reconstructed with a selection of 8 images, traveling from mountain over roads and land to sea. They are accompanied by anonymous contemporary pictures circulating on the internet— retrieved through Google as visually similar images for each printed negative and presented in looped slideshows on 8 smart Phones.
The idea of travel is multifacetedly adjoined with reflections on the image and the gaze, wherein the relics of a past photographic era are challenged and reconstructed by the digital flow of images. On the one hand the algorithm of the image search engine becomes the means to a prolonged journey and on the other a formal play of appearances and form questions the dealing with the photographic image.