Exhibition "Techno Worlds"
All You Can FeelSince the 1950s, we in the Western world have increasingly come to understand our most intimate desires and experiences as the products of a so-called “chemical self”. We are able to explain moods and diseases both physiologically and psychologically through an imbalance of substances in the body. In her book Synthetic Worlds, Esther Leslie describes how pharmacy and photography have been closely linked and intertwined since their industrial birth.
For the work All You Can Feel (2013), liquified pharmaceuticals, synthetically produced bodily substances and illegal drugs have been placed on the sensitive side of a photographic negative. After a few days or weeks, the resulting chemical interaction between the photo-emulsion and the substance becomes visible, which then gets enlarged in the darkroom. By integrating the pharmaceuticals into the photographic process, they are used as an alternative exposure method. The substances “hack” the system of the negative by attacking its surface and getting deep into its structure, revealing themselves as a kind of portrait. In All You Can Feel, the possibilities of photography are explored at the frontiers of what can be portrayed visually – the interface between representation and reality.