chromolab and chromolab 2.0 are a collaborative work in progress together with the visual artist victoria coeln.
victoria develops light spaces she refers to as 'chromotopes'. her work condenses and concre- tizes light and incorporates scientific knowledge as well as the power of emotion and personal encounter. the chromotopes are installed temporarily or permanently in public outdoor and indoor spaces. video clips of these encounters in light, as well as with light form the basis for her current visuals.
we presented chromolab, a selection of photo and video work with the dancers caitlyn carradine and ziga jereb at the donau universitaet krems, austria in july 2010. the structures of light and vice versa the dance movements changed continuously and gave way to experiments with new situations and boundaries. victoria and I used analog as well as digital equipment (5' x 4' and mid format, dslr, video) and produced large scale photo prints, collage work and video clips.
chromolab 2.0 was launched in november 2010 at the annual monat der fotografie. about 80 visual artists provided various contemporary positions on photography, the event was titled salon xv and initiated by fotok in vienna. we asked visitiors to enter the lighting space and to create their own individual stories in a playful way. the process was documented with polaroid cameras, a small selection is on display.
I worked with victoria already in 2006 at the occasion of the off mozart festival in salzburg, austria and more recently for the hugo wolf festival at the vienna radiokulturhaus.
many thanks to pascal petignat at fotok and the impossible project for their generous support.