Wilderness Series

DCP, 13:38 minutes, colour, 2016
film: Karel Doing
sound: Andrea Szigetvári

Wilderness Series © Karel Doing

By using plants, mud and salt in conjunction with alternative photochemistry, images are 'grown' on motion picture film. What in first instance is perceived as abstract turns out to be a concrete precipitation from phenomena that surround us in everyday life. The 'aliveness' of the images is underlined by Andrea Szigetvári's evocative sound-design.

The project is driven by a desire to find new narratives regarding the natural environment. Instead of representing pristine landscapes or photographing wildlife, the images in this film are the result of a natural process and can be described as images made by nature and not of nature.

Recuperated (out of date) 35mm black&white filmstock has served as 'blanc canvas' to generate images in full daylight. Slow (bio)chemical changes in the emulsion that have occurred over days or weeks are used instead of normal exposure. These processes were partially steered and adapted by trial and error but have been largely independent, rendering surprise results and unexpected colours.

This technique is coined the 'organigram' after its predecessor the photogram; an organigram shows the organisation of a natural process. High resolution scans (6K) were used to animate a selection of organigrams; while layering, inverting, rhythmically ordering and zooming in on particular sections.

This wilderness is a tiny one, all that had to be done to make this intricate world visible, is to look closely at a smaller scale of activity.

Wilderness Series © Karel Doing


Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival (Hawick)
Close Up Filmcentre (London)
VCS Conference (Rochester, NY)
Visual Studies Workshop (Rochester, NY)
FIBER festival - EYE Filmmuseum (Amsterdam)

Wilderness Series © Karel Doing