The flatbed process – started with fluid bed series in May.
A kind of intermedial testbed for ideas also leading to final work.
Extend to include a kind of inclusive drawing process where a horizontal strip of paper is used as a substrate – leading to a book, poster, film, score.
Camera on a gantry (rostrum style) can be used to photograph areas of the strip, print on inkjet and then reincorporate into strip. Layered or 3D (model). Link to architectural models.
Camera could also be mounted on a motorised stage hung from gantry for shooting video and stop motion , animation.
Materials – laser cut birch ply, paper, rice paper, bamboo paper, acrylic etc.
working with large format negatives and slides
A handful of dust : from the cosmic to the domestic / David Campany.
Publisher: [London, England] : Mack ; Description: 153, 71 pages : illustrations (black and white, and colour) ; 24 cm + 1 loose book insert (71 pages).ISBN: 9781910164389; 1910164380.Subject(s):
Published on the occasion of the exhibition held at LE BAL, Paris, 16 October 2015 – 17 January 2016.
a Handful of Dust is David Campany’s speculative history of the last century, and a visual journey through some of its unlikeliest imagery. Let’s suppose the modern era begins in October of 1922. A little French avant-garde journal publishes a photograph of a sheet of glass covered in dust. The photographer is Man Ray, the glass is by Marcel Duchamp. At first they called it a view from an aeroplane. Then they called it Dust Breeding. It’s abstract, it’s realist. It’s an artwork, it’s a document. It’s revolting and compelling. Cameras must be kept away from dust but they find it highly photogenic. At the same time, a little English journal publishes TS Eliot’s poem The Waste Land. “I will show you fear in a handful of dust.” And what if dust is really the key to the intervening years? Why do we dislike it? Is it cosmic? We are stardust, after all. Is it domestic? Inevitable and unruly, dust is the enemy of the modern order, its repressed other, its nemesis. But it has a story to tell from the other side. Campany’s connections range far and wide, from aerial reconnaisance and the American dustbowl to Mussolini’s final car journey and the wars in Iraq. a Handful of Dust will accompany Campany’s exhibition of the same name, curated for Le Bal, Paris (16 October 2015 – 17 January 2016), with works by Man Ray, John Divola, Sophie Ristelhueber, Mona Kuhn, Gerhard Richter, Xavier Ribas, Nick Waplington, Jeff Wall and many others, alongside anonymous press photos, postcards, magazine spreads and movies.
Thinking about the links between the working processes of Mark Bradford, Julie Mehretu and Roni Horn (drawings).
– Erasure, cutting, subtraction, layers, the negative
Photogram equivalents of the above.
Analog – digital
Spectropolitics – the spectral turn. Link to the minor