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Micheal Weseley

March 3, 2010
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Last December I was at the Berlinische Galerie and saw the exhibition art between traces of the past and utopian futures. There were these overwhelming photo’s from Micheal Weseley. He makes pictures of building sites using an extremely long exposure, from about 4 months.

So in one picture you see the development of a building and the city. Apart from that, you see a lot of little movements. All the people rushing by that past 4 months are visible but just in a little touch. That’s what makes the pictures special to me, it’s a new way of slow motion. Four months captured in one. What I also like about it is that you can see that someone had put a lot of effort in it.

For another example of a photograph constantly in development, I suggest you see the following movie. At 2.03 there is a piece about the Venetian Mirror of Fabrica. It’s an artpiece about the interaction with the public. It’s a mirror, but you can’t see yourself immediately. In order to see yourself, you have to stand still for a while. Quickly walking by it only gives a touch of movement. So like in the pictures of Weseley, you literally see the effort made by someone to make the piece work.

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