BITUMEN & LAVENDER OIL


Interim


Involved in the Project are:

Abebi Moubachirou, Afri Graetz, Alejandra Montoya, Alexandra Munzer, Alix Kokula, Alma Weber, Ambroise Duvignacq, Arthur Grossjean, Bahi Panahi, Carolane Spiteri, Christina Gradtke, Chloe Dhont, Daniel Hellwig, Denis Bause, Gwendoline Bernuzzi, Jan Heise, Jan Peters, Joey Arand, Johan Steinmetz, Johanna Gros, Lara Rohde, Laurent Montaront, Leane Souillot, Leonard Volkmer, Linda Kollen, Lucas Melzer, Madeleine Aktypi, Malika Salama, Mathieu Moreau, Maxime Ducharme, Micka Dulion, Nawal El Mediri, Robin Andre Souch, Robin Voisin, Silke Korber, Soren Senkok, Thomas Boussaid, Tobi Sauer, Volko Kamensky, Woondo Lee, Yan Li, Yuai Zhang

An exhibition by students of the Ecole Media Art Fructidor Chalon-sur-Saone, France and the class of Film and Moving Image of the School of Art and Design Kassel. In 1826, countless experiments with the most varied substances were necessary before inventor Nicephore Niepce achieved what would later be termed photography in rural France. He has to expose the asphalt-coated plates in his pinhole camera to the sun for up to eight hours, thereafter letting them absorb lavender oil for five days before the gable of the house on the other side of the road becomes permanently visible on them. Niepce dies in 1833 at his birthplace Chalon-sur-Saone without having profited economically from his invention at all. 130 years later, analog photography has become a mass phenomenon. Reacting to pressures from the world market Kodak, the global leader in photographic film, decides to open a new plant in Chalon-sur-Saone. The central location within Europe as well as the fact that it is deemed the birthplace of photography were said to be the deciding factors in choosing it. The branch expands steadily, and employs a maximum of 2,200 workers on a company site of 80 ha in 2002. But a mere three years later, due to the advance of digital photography (incidentally an invention by Kodak that was not taken seriously at first), the production of film material ceased and the plant was closed. How does the place where analog photography was born and almost became forgotten again look nowadays? What role do photography and film play there today? These questions were posed by students of the class Film and Moving Image of the School of Art and Design Kassel in a cooperative project with students of the Ecole Media Art Fructidor Chalon-sur-Saone under the guidance of professors Madeleine Aktypi, Volko Kamensky, Laurent Montaron, and Jan Peters. Students from Chalon-sur-Saone visited Kassel in January 2018 to present first impressions of this collaboration. In May 2018, the project group travelled to Chalon-sur-Saone, where it presented further results at a joint exhibition at the Kodak plant. This cooperative project culminated in a concluding group exhibition BITUMEN & LAVENDER OIL within the Dokfest Kassel at the Interim, KulturBahnhof. It stands in a long line (now almost a tradition) of exhibition cooperation between the School of Art and Design Kassel and the Kassel Dokfest: COUNTER-HISTORIES/ COUNTER-STORIES (2014); ACH, BAUNATAL DEINE FELDER (2015); AREA OF INTEREST (2016) and, most recently, CKOLLISION (2017).