Ancient Light - SPACE EARTH SPACE

by Melanie King in Kilpisjärvi, , Finland

Ancient Light - SPACE EARTH SPACE

£628

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Flexible funding – this project will receive all pledges made by September 5th 2019 at 3:39pm

To attend the SPACE-EARTH-SPACE residency at the BioArt Society in Kilpisjärvi, Finland. To take analogue photographs of the stars.

by Melanie King in Kilpisjärvi, , Finland

From the 15-22nd September 2019, I will be attending the SPACE-EARTH-SPACE residency at the Bio-Art Society in Kilpisjärvi, Finland.  The Space-Earth-Space group will explore the tangible and conceptual connections and exchanges between Space and Earth in the realms of the physical, the informatic, the phenomenological and the material. How can the theatre of space performance inform our explorations of the Earth? How can we use the Earth to simulate an experience of space? What change in significance happens when something comes from or returns from space? In a series of readings, discussions, observations, and situated experiments we are interested in what kind of material is being exchanged between Earth and Space and how to devise methods on how to track, record or visualise such material and the process of exchange. We are searching for marks which the space environment leaves on the terrestrial environment and look into ways how the terrestrial environment around Kilpisjärvi can be used as a space analog.

Here I intend to capture analogue photographs of the stars and aurora borealis, to develop my project "Ancient Light". Through the production of this series of photographs, I consider how light from incredibly distant stars can be captured directly onto photosensitive film.  To do this I will be using a range of films, including high ISO films such as Ilford Delta 3200.  These film photographs will then be used to produce high quality darkroom prints. During this residency, I would like to experiment with large format film photography, and colour photography. I would also like to experiment further with caffenol-c developer.

Work resulting from this residency will contribute to my practice-based research degree at the Royal College of Art.

Why am I asking for your money? 

I am looking to raise money for the production of artworks resulting from the residency and associated travel costs. I currently self fund my practice-based research degree, and all related projects. I am in receipt of no public funding for this venture.

Put simply, the more money I am able to raise from this crowdfunded page, the better quality of work I will be able to produce.

Rewards 

For this project, I have produced a small publication of photographs from my "Ancient Light" series of photographs. This publication is A5, Short Edge Bound, 40 pages, Perfect Bound, and printed on uncoated paper with a matte finish. The page design was created by Emma Falconer.


You can view a digital version of the publication on ISSUU.

I will be selling these for £12 each.

I also hope to raise funds mainly through the sale of existing prints and a dedicated event in my studio.

Images of Prints Below

Example of Chemigram Print & Chemigram Workshop


Example of Ancient Light FB Prints in Atina

Example of Ancient Light FB Prints in Iceland

Example of Ancient Light FB Prints in Cambridge

Example of Ancient Light FB Prints in Grizedale

Example of Moon Cyanotype

Example of Mercury Cyanotype

Example of Saturn Cyanotype

Example of Moon Silver Gelatin FB Print

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£12 or more

11 of 100 claimed

Ancient Light Book

I will send one Ancient Light Book, featuring 36 of my photographs from the "Ancient Light" series.

£5 or more

Postcard of the Moon

You will receive a postcard of the Moon.

£20 or more

0 of 100 claimed

Original Orb Chemigram 3.5 x 5"

You will receive an original chemigram, sized 3.5" by 5"

£50 or more

1 of 100 claimed

Original Orb Chemigram 10" x 8"

You will receive an Original Orb Chemigram 10" x 8"

£80 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Saturn Cyanotype

You will receive a cyanotype of Saturn on Fabriano Accademia 27 X 35 cm.

£80 or more

0 of 2 claimed

Cyanotype of Mercury

You will receive a cyanotype of Mercury on Fabriano Accademia 27 X 35 cm.

£80 or more

0 of 3 claimed

Cyanotype of the Moon

You will receive a cyanotype of the Moon on Fabriano Accademia 27 X 35 cm.

£100 or more

1 of 2 claimed

Ancient Light Silver Gelatin FB Print // Atina

You will receive an original Ancient Light Silver Gelatin Fibre Based Print, on 10" x 8" paper. This photograph will have been taken in Atina, Italy.

£100 or more

0 of 3 claimed

Ancient Light Silver Gelatin FB Print // Grizedale

You will receive an original Ancient Light Silver Gelatin Fibre Based Print, on 10" x 8" paper. This photograph will have been taken in Grizedale, The Lake District, UK.

£100 or more

0 of 3 claimed

Ancient Light Silver Gelatin FB Print // Iceland

You will receive an original Ancient Light Silver Gelatin Fibre Based Print, on 10" x 8" paper. This photograph will have been taken in Iceland

£100 or more

0 of 3 claimed

Ancient Light Silver Gelatin FB Print // Cambridge

You will receive an original Ancient Light Silver Gelatin Fibre Based Print, on 10" x 8" paper. This photograph will have been taken in rural Cambridgeshire.

£100 or more

0 of 3 claimed

The Moon Silver Gelatin FB Print

You will receive an original Ancient Light Silver Gelatin Fibre Based Print of the Moon, printed on 10" x 8" paper

£150 or more

Ancient Light Silver Gelatin FB Print // Finland

You will receive an original Ancient Light Silver Gelatin Fibre Based Print, on 10" x 8" paper. This photograph will have been taken during the SPACE-EARTH-SPACE residency in Finland.

£200 or more

One to One Chemigram Workshop

I will teach you the chemigram process, one to one, in a venue of your choosing. If the venue is outside of Margate/London, I will need additional transportation funds.

£400 or more

Chemigram Workshop

I will run a workshop on the chemigram process in a venue of your choice (at home, at your organisation, in my studio) for up to 8 people. If the venue is outside of Margate/London, I will need additional transportation funds.


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