Periscope is a film consisting of twenty collages made from two handfuls of photographs, captured on impulse with a low-resolution cell phone camera through a broken window on the express train to Arlanda airport. Moving through an everyday place such as the non-descript edges of the city, only now subtly illuminated and somewhat displaced by the cracks in the glass, moved my eye inwards and then outwards anew between landscape and innerscape. Twenty collages piece together place and vision through the theme of the periscope, a tool to organize what you see and where you are going. Looking out into this, the viewer is invited to follow my everyday journey but end up somewhere else. The film covers the same journey, across the same time and place, yet is now given a new configuration through the in-between images generated by the cross-fade merge. This film was made in 2014, completed with a soundtrack developed and performed by artist/composer Jason Ajemian improvising his interpretation of the Bill Evans/Miles Davis song “Blue In Green”.
Periscope is part of my ongoing project Likely Landscapes, about how seeing and place are embodied in their interaction and shape one another. Likely Landscapes is a project and, at the same time, it is a perspective - an exploration of the connection between the photographic eye/I and the infrastructure of an everyday urban landscape. My point of departure is a recurrent interest in how photographic eyes can at once mirror and reshape the seen, and how that shift may reshape seeing itself. A photograph organizes the eye, the eye organizes the outer and inner landscape where the photograph is brought about – and yet, the slightest shift in this landscape or in the medium capturing it (like a cracking glass) lets the eye see something different, see differently. Layers of likely landscapes exist over and inside one another, depending on what and how they are seen.
"Periscope" is available for screening, and its images are available as a book and as individual prints. Visit vendelagrundell.com to see them and contact email@example.com for inquiries and orders.
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