As part of our current Guest Room open call curator Varun Gupta, Director of the Chennai Photo Biennale, will be joining us live on August 19th at 13:00 pm CET to demonstrate a Van Dyke Brown photographic print process in the darkroom! Van Dyke brown is a printing process named after Anthony van Dyck. It involves coating a canvas with ferric ammonium citrate, tartaric acid, and silver nitrate, then exposing it to ultraviolet light. The canvas can be washed with water, and hypo to keep the solutions in place.
We will be walking you through the steps of the process, as well as some of the history behind it. This is the perfect opportunity to follow along and create some work of your own to submit the open call. For Guest Room Gupta is collaborating with Arpan Mukherjee, co-founded Studio Goppo, a photography research studio. Together they have developed the following theme for your submissions: "Metamorphosis".
They invite you to explore the theme of "Metamorphosis" within the realm of alternative photography. Submissions that embrace the ever-changing nature of materials, processes, and concepts and offer a unique lens to examine the digital representation of analogue images are encouraged. This call is open to photographers and artists working with historical photographic practices that include but are not limited to cyanotype, salted paper, van dyke brown, gum arabic, gum oil, wet and dry plate collodion, silver gelatin processes, and other technology-based interventions.
In relation to our 15th anniversary, one of the selected submitters of each upcoming Guest Room will receive our Guest Room Scholarship, an artist stipend of 1.000 €. Submit by the deadline of August 24 on Picter.
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