Photographic installation with soundscapes – a collaboration between photographer Csilla Szabó and composer Marcus Fjellström
.An exhibition of a series of mural-size photographic prints installed with music composed specifically for each individual photograph, in the Small Water Reservoir in Prenzlauerberg, Berlin, in the autumn of 2018.
The titular demons of this photo series appeared when Csilla Szabó was working on her previous series, Symmetry. While arranging and rearranging the photos, mirroring, inversing, and pasting them together in order to find geometrical or figurative symmetries, these apparitions materialized. According to the historical vedic of tradition, demons can be observed by those whose third eye has been activated. This prompted the question: does the lens of the camera function as that third eye?
Historically, demons have not always been considered malevolent. To the shamanistic tribes of North America and Central Asia, they were not subject to the conventional western idea of dividing the world into good or bad. Not guided by human sensibilities, these presumed demons were seen as being oblivious to our laws, rules and ethics, just as nature itself. When deciding to make themselves known to us humans, they are said to put on a face in order for us to recognize them. We need eyes to look into, a mouth that can talk to us, ears that can listen to us. When wearing these human elements, for a moment they allow a connection between these two completely separate but equally complex worlds that exist parallel to each other.
Every step of Szabó’s work is carried out within the analog domain. She develops the negatives, then enlarges, flattens and retouches the final prints. The photographs are large in scale; the excessive enlargement, as well as being pleasing to the eye, also helps in building a substantial sculpture, a totem to these demons, and the prints of these images are printed upon becomes the window between the two worlds, through which – from both sides – we can gaze into each other’s realities.
This photo series is conceived as a celebration of this special moment of connection.
To further shape the personalities and emotional qualities of the demons, composer Marcus Fjellström will give each demon its own voice through specifically constructed compositions and soundscapes. With the added dimension of a carefully considered musical interpretation for each demon, their identities are being clarified and made all the more relatable to our human senses.
In an installation setup, the demons will be mounted on the walls of the exhibition space, while the individual sound pieces are played consecutively in a loop over loudspeakers installed behind each photograph.
The former Wasserspeicher in Prenzlauer Berg is an extraordinary structure, dazzling audiences with its underground arcades and ageing red brick textures. Over the years, this unique place has been hosting various performances and installations of sound, light and video.
The excellent acoustics of the space, coupled with its unique underground scenery of a circular structure, makes it a perfect venue for this particular show. As the spectator stands at the centre of the space, surrounded by the imagery and the multi-directional sound, a fully immersive atmosphere is created which in turn helps to bring the demons to life.
This exhibition could not have happened without the generous help of friends, friends of friends, and contributions via crowdfunding and donations.
Production manager: Royati Ami Sound: Dave Senan Installation and event managing: Réka Dávid, Gyula Sági, Lucio Fernandez, Bálint Meggyesi, Louis Fernandez, Stew Bamrah Teaser video: Johan Planefeldt Event photographer: Louis Fernandez Drone shots: Bálint Meggyesi Liaison of location: Barbara Fuchs
Contributors: Andy Greenaway, Maxine Chong, James Ginzburg, Mark Wiggins, Sören Hermansson, Simone Richter, Gergely Péter Barna, Anton Grandert, Trinka Endaya, Laurent Verrier, Denise Langenhan, Melati Misti, Christopher Gramer, Martin Behrndt, Carsten Schmitz, Claire Teng, Eric Chan, Paul Bryan, Alexandra Ni & Bill Cook, Rowena Yee, Nadine Stewart, Christina Spindler, TJ Lee, Lenny Haslinda, Gemma Comabella, Ádám Földes, Jarosław Kamiński, Hilary Lee, Fatoma Alladin, Bernard Schembri, Frank Meng & Ildikó Puskás, Pilvax, Robert Kalman, Alexa Echavez, Andrea Serafini, Nora Amin, Nicholas Reynolds, Mark Verhaagen, Zora Gabrovsek, Tom & Sharon Ormes, Daniel Saul, Lucas Burrows, Florian Kaltenbach, Rocío Huertas Jiménez, Amy Louisa Lau, John Neilan, Tuesday Co-working, Alexander Holland, Katja Locke, Nicolas Grognet, Albatross Bakery, Richard Blaha, Marcell Csókás, Russy family, Maria Caio, Frederic Tissier