CASSANDRA HERRMAN EN LAUREN MUCCIOLO
After Solitary is a groundbreaking virtual reality experience that places the viewer both physically and emotionally in the middle of a world that is otherwise unobtainable to them. This VR experience stretches the boundaries of immersive storytelling and investigates how virtual reality can contribute to journalism. Users can navigate in two photorealistic 3D scanned environments, including in an isolation cell where one can catch an old prisoner.
DE ENIGE MAN OP DE WERELD MET BEWIJS VAN RIJBEWIJS
WITH ARTWORKS OF ELSKE VERDOORN AND EITHEL COROMOTO GREGORIO
Many people in The Hague know Eithel. He is a remarkable person, who wears double layers of jumpers and a sweatband around his head. Perhaps people think he must be confused, or that he is just hanging around. Artist Elske Verdoorn dove into the life and work of Eithel Coromoto Gregorio for two years. She discovered his colorful world, full of easter eggs and graphic masterpieces. Eithel knows exactly what he is doing.
OTHER EVIDENCE: BLINDFOLD
In 1995 a genocidal massacre took place in the area around Srebrenica. To this day, most media attention in the Netherlands has been focused on the soldiers of Dutchbat that failed to protect the ‘Safe Area’. It discusses the political side of the story but fails to tell what actually happened. ‘Other Evidence: Blindfold’ aims to change this abstract narrative of the events and tries to bring it as close to the audience as possible. It doesn’t force a way of remembering the genocide but rather attempts to let each viewer go through this process individually.
THE MUSHROOM CLUB
LISA VAN CASAND
For years, it was the best-kept secret in the Netherlands – The Mushroom Club – a former NATO headquarters inside a mountain on the Dutch–Belgian border during the Cold War. This underground network of tunnels was stripped in 1992 and officially erased on paper. What is left is an empty quarry, objects taken out of their original context and the often inconsistent recollections from former employees. The installation comprises five elements that are based on this fragmented information. Together they serve as building blocks that allow the viewer to reconstruct a mental image of the headquarters.
WARP AND WOOF
‘Warp and Woof’ is a reaction upon the changing function of printed press imagery. Images used to create this woven piece were found in the series of books, “Het aanzien van..”. They were yearly published in the Netherlands from the 1930’s until 2005 and aimed to give an overview of the important events of the past year represented in images. By transforming these books into a carpet they become archetypes and its images gain a decorative function. With her work, Ola Lanko visualizes the contemporary vision of the abundance of information, fragmented and pixilated but very appealing and superficially beautiful.
‘Micro/macro’ takes a playful look at the design of very much non-man-made environments; the human body and outer space. The collages by Lynne Brouwer are based on wondrous visual similarities between the two, bringing together two equally extraordinary universes.
CRISTINA DE MIDDEL
Party is a visual dialogue with ‘Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-tung’ (Mao Zedong), the second best-selling book in the world history. The interaction between text and images is characteristic for the complex transformation of the ideology and its impact on contemporary China. The result is a personal documentary object that discovers the relation between fact, fiction, and interpretation and that can be interpreted as both photobook and exhibition.
Location: Stedelijk Museum Schiedam
In 2017, WiFi can be considered as indispensable. But its electromagnetic signals in our physical space cannot be directly perceived. Artist and researcher Luis Hernan visualizes this signals using long exposure photography. The photographs shown in these series record a performative exploration of Hertzian space, the landscape of electromagnetic fields which sustain the operation of wireless transfer protocols.
As a documentary photographer, Reiner Riedler deals with important topics of the present day. His view always centers on human beings and their environment. The main focus of his documentary work is to challenge our value systems. As a traveler he visits the periphery of our habitats, always searching for the fragile beauty of human existence with its desires and abysses. His recent conceptual works questions the nature of photography and the way of seeing.
FRIEDA EN HET ONGEDIERTE
‘Frieda en het ongedierte’ (Frieda and the vermin) is a short film for children in virtual reality. Frieda and the viewer are searching for animals in the Frankendaelpark in Amsterdam. While the animals notice the camera, Frieda asks philosophical questions dealing with VR: ‘I am not there and you are not here’ and ‘Is everything you say or feel true?’
HONG KONG UNREST
Hong Kong Unrest is the first news report in virtual reality and shows the power of VR for communicating serious, nonfictional stories. In this eight-minute news documentary images from the pro democracy protest from October 2014 in Hong Kong are shown in a 360 degrees live news story.
IMAGINARIUM OF TEARS
‘Imaginarium of tears’ is an ongoing photographic collection of tears, with personal stories at its core. The project was created by Maurice Mikkers in 2015, capturing the beauty of tears by photographing them underneath a microscope. These micrographs of crystallized tears function as story starters. Since every tear has a hidden story, the ultimate goal is to create more awareness around the stories and challenges faced in life, that caused these tears.
Location: FFS Gallery
‘Lost Worlds’ is a visual exploration for what we perceive as nature, or natural. The environments in which Rob Wetzer makes these images are the virtual landscapes of videogames. Where these landscapes used to be cardboard backdrops, they have become seemingly unlimited worlds. Designed to seduce the player to go explore pristine landscapes, they contain lush rainforests, icy mountain ranges, rushing waterfalls and barren deserts. There is nothing human or technological to be seen, and at the same time, these landscapes consist of only data.
Location: Hotel de Kroon
LARS VAN DEN BRINK
People enjoying their spare time is a theme in the work of Lars van den Brink. Motivated by his emotions towards loneliness he travels to places made by mankind and that are designed as meeting points. ‘Korean Winterscapes’ is a photo series about the skiing culture in South-Korea. By merging several photos together in one image, Van den Brink creates a new reality of moments that took place but not at the same time.
STRUCTURES OF POWER
Esther Hovers investigates how power, politics, and control are used in our the public space. She focuses on ‘control’ in a political way. What is the position of an individual within an existing system? She uses traditional territorial maps, an old tool used for understanding our physical position but also as an object of political and military power.
WELCOME TO THE INTERNET
Compiled by the curatorial team of Fotofestival Schiedam
Behaving much like an infectious pandemic, the wonderful world of Internet memes is a worldwide social phenomenon, spreading from person to person through the Internet. For Fotofestival Schiedam the curatorial team has made a selection of this visual phenomenon illustrating public outrage or image-based protest, compiling them as an important part of our contemporary visual culture.
ALUMNI AAN DE SCHIE
ZSARÀ GRÜNFELD, ISABELLE VAN HEMERT, ELLA THEUNISSEN AND AUDRIUS KRIAUCIUNAS
Four recently graduated photographers from various art academies in the Netherlands show photographic works that with their own style, research and subject matter. With their graduation work, the final step is taken towards completion of years of learning and experimentation. At the same time, this work represents the first step towards the outside world, in which the alumni will find their own place in the photographic field.
Location: Molen de Kameel
MY NAME IN 100 COLOPHONS
VINCENT VAN BAAR
“One day, each photographer will encounter a person that crops his or her photos: a graphic designer,” says Vincent van Baar. For ‘My name in 100 colophons’ Van Baar collected publications from his students at the KABK (art academy) in The Hague.
Using an old Rolleiflex, 120 6×6 films and a flashlight, Renan Cepeda created magical images during the religious festival Quyllurit’I in Peru. Together with ten thousand other pilgrims, Cepeda made a trip through the mountains, with temperatures from minus 10 degrees Celsius and at reduced-oxygen heights from 4700 meter, to pay honor to the rise of the sun.
Location: Ruimte in Beweging
In 2011 Uttamchandani was asked to take pictures for a news story on the cleanest brothel in Sangli, a small town in Western India. The assignment broke many of his assumptions about commercial sex work and the women involved in it. For his photo series ‘Ceilings’ he photographed the only thing these women see every day, without fail, with a million thoughts in their head or not—their ceilings.
MAPPING THE TERRITORY
‘Mapping the Territory’ is part of the project ‘Whiplash Transition’ by the British artist Lisa Barnard. She investigates the different implications of the use of drones by the American army since the Vietnam-war. The video feed captured from drones is presented via a visual interface to the pilots as a series of small images that form one large moving picture, providing an overview or map of a particular area.
In opposition to photography – a snapshot based on one moment – a 3D scan is based on duration, because circling around an object takes time. This duration adds a narrative element to a work. Using this photogrammetry technique, Frederik Heyman builds virtual worlds with relics from the past.
THE OPERATORS AND THE TARGETS
‘The Operators and the Targets’ consist of 3 series of modified screenshots and one single-channel video. The print series depict 3 aspects or participants of drone warfare, i.e. the operators of the drones (in their containers), the drones themselves (as seen from the ground), and the people targeted by the drones (as seen by the operators). The video tries to describe the relation between The Operators and The Targets and how these influence each other through the physical presence of the drones.
THE WAR OF WAR MOVIES
DONALD WEBER & DANIËL SIEGERSMA
There are a lot of films made about D-Day and every one of them features a different D-Day. It is safe to say that on some fundamental level these films are at endless war with each other. Every last one of them strives to say something unique, final and profound about the nature of war, its meaning, its materialization, its psychic consequences. War has always been about deception and illusion, spectacle and captivation. In his three-screen video installation, Donald Weber poses a simple question: How is the past performed for the present?
NADA QUE DECLARAR
INGRID HERNÁNDEZ & PIETER WISSE
The most trafficked border in the world, between Sand Diego (VS) and Tijuana (Mexico), is a busy melting pot of commerce, chaos, and patience. Hernández and Wisse asked the commuters via Facebook to send pictures of the border. These photos were printed with a risograph on huge posters, that are shown on the green wall in Schiedam.
DNA is the blueprint of who we are and how we are acting, of our environment, how we were raised – of our identity. In the exposition ‘DNA Bekend’ five photographers from Schiedam present the blueprints of their being.
WHAT IS REALITY?
Five designers from Schiedam are delving into the extended image archive of the Municipality of Schiedam. They are investigating the reality of the city and its history based on 43.000 photos, letters, and drawings. During Fotofestival Schiedam, the results are presented.
DE ZILVEREN CAMERA
De Zilveren Camera is an organization that stimulates Dutch photojournalism for more than sixty years. Each year Dutch photojournalists are awarded for their extraordinary work. The diverse exhibition shows the power of Dutch journalism and news photography: its inventiveness, visual imagination and journalistic skills.