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Collective Polyphony Festival, Blindside 2023. Fossilised Sunshine by Collective Agitation + London Alternative Photography Collective. Courtesy the artists.

Collective Polyphony Festival: Fossilised Sunshine

Collective Agitation, Camille Perry, Lara Young, Isabella Ford, Luca Zurich

13 Sep–7 Oct 2023

[The] cinematic image can be thought of as fossilised light, thus practically and metaphorically equating cinema with the geological dimensions of the naturally derived fuels (fossilised sunlight) that continue to enable industrial society and culture.”

– Nadia Bozak, The Cinematic Footprint


Fossilised Sunshine' is an immersive exhibition that explores the multifaceted nature of photography through the intersecting lens’ of Collective Agitation and London Alternative Photography Collective. Through a curated collection of documents, material investigations, recipes, books, and personal notes, visitors are invited to physically navigate the realm of photographic alchemy.

Central to this project is a critical investigation into the intersecting disciplines within photography and their implications on personal and collective memory. While not offering definitive solutions, this project embraces speculative curiosity. It weaves archival material, alchemic experimentation, site-specific research, and firsthand experience in the photographic field.


The exhibition engages with ecological considerations and the paradoxical relationship between time and nostalgia inherent in photography. We question the incessant consumption of images in our daily lives and the romanticised longing for the past, while actively researching and developing alternative techniques that prioritize ecological sustainability. Utilising biodegradable and foraged materials such as rosemary, ox tongue thistles, dandelions, seaweed, vitamin C, sodium carbonate, coffee, salt, and water we share photographic developers and fixers that centre ecological sustainability.


Through our interdisciplinary collaboration, we aim to interrogate prevailing practices and narratives in photography. We acknowledge the transformative power of archiving in shaping our perception of places, people, and time. By critically examining our own practices and engaging in broader discussions surrounding photography, we seek to expand our understanding of its impact on collective memory.


We strives to foster a community that embraces alternative approaches, questions dominant aesthetic conventions, and reimagines the possibilities of photographic practice.

Alt Process



Collective Agitation: workshop



Thursday 28 SEP 5:30–7:30pm


You are invited to join Collective Agitation, an interdisciplinary community of artists and chemists that research and share alternative photographic techniques that centre ecological sustainability.


Members will facilitate a film-developing demonstration in which participants collaboratively shoot a roll of film to be processed with a forgeable plant-based developer.


All participants will receive a negative film slide and resources to replicate this process at home.


Student price: $5-$10, Adult price: $10-$15


Please register your attendance as numbers are limited.


Tickets

Collective Agitation is an interdisciplinary community of artists and chemists dedicated to researching and sharing alternative photographic techniques that prioritise ecologically sustainable considerations and innovations. Our collective brings together individuals with diverse expertise, allowing us to investigate the intersections of art, chemistry, and ecological relations. Collective Agitation is driven by a passionate and complex negotiations within photographic practice and the questions that come from deciphering meaning in a world saturated by images.

London Alternative Photography Collective (LAPC) was founded by Melanie King in 2013, and has grown from a small group of analogue and alternative photography practitioners to a collective which produces large-scale symposiums, exhibitions and workshops. The collective is currently directed by Melanie King and Hannah Fletcher and supported by project managers; Constanza Isaza Martinez, Katrina Stamatopoulos, Martha Gray and Diego Valente.

LAPC is an open collective, which anyone can inform and work within. Open to artists who have ideas for projects, LAPC has always been about promoting the accessibility and creative possibilities of analogue and experimental photography. We aim to support practitioners who challenge traditional ways of using photography to reflect on contemporary issues and provide a platform for skill exchange. The premise of the open collective allows a wide range of artists, photographers, makers, curators and theorists to guide the activities of LAPC in a democratic way, enabling practitioners to swap ideas, skills and foster collaborations. We also have a specific interest in contemporary art which revitalises antiquated and forgotten processes, encouraging tutorials and recipes to be shared so that these processes do not die out with time.



Onsite, Exhibition
Overview

Fossilised Sunshine' is an immersive exhibition that explores the multifaceted nature of photography through the intersecting lens’ of Collective Agitation and London Alternative Photography Collective. Through a curated collection of documents, material investigations, recipes, books, and personal notes, visitors are invited to physically navigate the realm of photographic alchemy.

Exhibition Opening: 14 Sep 2023, 8am–10am
Alt Process - Workshop with Collective Agitation: 28 Sep 2023, 7:30am–9:30am

This program takes place on the land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We recognise that sovereignty was never ceded - this land is stolen land. We pay respects to Wurundjeri Elders, past, present and emerging, to the Elders from other communities and to any other Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders who might encounter or participate in the program.

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Working on unceded sovereign land of the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation, Blindside pays respect to Elders, past, present and emerging.