17th Feb 2011 5:00pm-6:30pm
Sallis Benney Theatre
'Red Room, Dark Room, Liquid: The Hallucinatory Space of the Darkroom'
University of Brighton Faculty of Arts researcher Esther Teichmann presents an Excerpt from current research/work in progress, 'Falling into Photography; of Loss, Desire and the Photographic.'
"The image, the images as corpse, the corpse as image, the mother, the lover, the mother as lover and lover as mother, the darkroom as home as womb as place of origin and return; all objects, subjects and spaces not quite of this world, not quite graspable, touchable, yet all bound inextricably to the photographic- to the photographic image, process and encounter. It is against these bodies this talk (this extract of current writing) will rub and within these spaces and enclosures (membranes and shells which protect, hold and soothe the decentering and destabilization encountered within love, loss and the photographic experience), that I am seeking a relationship to one another which always and without fail lead me back to the photograph and the photographic.
"The darkroom gives birth to the material photograph within the space of a red night, within a space of liquid, altered temporality, an unstable space of inverted, luminous non-fixity; a feminine, maternal space. Stepping from the light of day, from a linear temporality, we enter into this other parallel modality of time. Photographic time, mythical time, collapsing the past and the present into the futural- that which is about to appear and perhaps eclipse itself, appearing only to disappear, promising a reawakening of the lost body of desire, requiring a work of mourning at every moment. Bathed in the silent darkness of night, half light of red liquid although I am opening my eyes within my mother’s womb, tinted light seeping through blood vessels and capillaries, I see differently here – half-blinded, there is a clarity within the inverted hovering projection, within the floating shivering movement of the image appearing upon its material support."