Muhammad Ali's funeral, Louisville Kentucky 2016
The series lies at the intersection of digital photography, physics, carnival traditions, and documentary.
The scanner captures 40 seconds of immediate reality in a single frame. The final image may remind one of a ‘distorted mirror’. Interestingly, there is now a smartphone app that imitates the slit scanning effect of distorting mirrors at carnival attractions. The images created may resemble strokes of paint above a regular photograph or collage.
The compression effect of the scanner reveals the physics of space-time. Contemporary physical mathematics allows the possibility that the past, present, and future are one. Yet, humans operate in the 3-dimensional world; they perceive time through the slit of their short lives and cannot comprehend time as one. Slit scanning becomes a metaphor for human perception. The camera captures reality through the narrow sensor of the scanner, which is the “slit” gradually scanning the whole frame in a given time.
Carnival culture attracts the artists especially with its phenomenon of mass processions. Carnivals in ancient and medieval times had an ambivalent nature. Along with celebrating the body, once a year religious restrictions were waived, and authorities could be uncrowned for the duration of the carnival. For example, a jester could be under the mask of a king and vice a verse. However, today, a U.S. president would not be under a mask – and laws are not waived. The scanner destroys the visual side of the carnival, which has lost its original essence since the Enlightenment.
Considering documentary aspect of the project, here the uncontrolled reality itself builds the image. This unpredictability challenges the manipulative nature of photography.
20 March - 16 May, 2015 / GRAD Gallery
curator Sergey Khachaturov, designer Katya Sivers