A series of found 35 mm slides, (location and date different for each),
Dust from Geneva Airport, September 2013.
Printed as C-type
17.8cm x 25.4cm
The series of photographs which comprise Too are part of Adam Chodzko’s installation Room for Laarni, Image Moderator (2013) which collectively explores the experience of being psychologically overwhelmed by the process of relentlessly viewing imagery flowing between communities. He researches this through trying to empathise with the character of Laarni, a remote image moderator for a social media site. Too becomes one of the categories of image that Chodzko imagines Laarni is filtering into a group, a folder, on her computer screen (along with the other works in the exhibition, but particularly Too‘s companion collection, Sleepers. Hole ).
As part of an ongoing series of found 35mm slides, a collection begun by Chodzko in 2010, Too shows amateur documentation of environmental damage from storms, hurricanes earthquakes and floods. The work is added to (its “too”, it’s excess, on top of an already extreme event) by accumulating a further disturbance to the image through the ‘accidental’ addition of dust from particular locations. Each image is separately titled with its location (if known) and date (if known although this collection of Too are all approximately 1950’s-late 1980’s) but in this grouping all share the same source of their dust, from Geneva Airport, September 2013. The suggested narrative is that the images were assembled (for a lecture? as evidence? for an archive?) and then dropped ( a dash for a flight? a security inspection?) depositing on the surface of each a layer of particles emanating from travellers from around the world. This surface debris, normally something to be cleaned from the slide, here seems to connect and enhance the subject matter. It appears to be caused by the event, airborne matter, apparently falling from the sky. It becomes part of the image, a ‘mask’ to it in the sense that it both conceals it yet also exemplifies and reveals something about the true ‘nature’ of the image’s disturbance.
Chodzko’s interest in 35mm slide film is partly due to the image being materially present in the camera in the moment of the event so that the same piece of celluloid is present at the moment of its encounter with a viewer through projection (whereas a negative requires a positive print).
His use of dust as image can also be seen in works such as Ask the Dust and the idea of damage in relation to vision occurs throughout Chodzko’s work; In this exhibition it is clear in Sleepers. Hole, and implicit in I See Through Every Image.
Room for Laarni, Image Moderator catalogue
Conversation between Jennifer Higgie, Andrew Renton, Adam Chodzko
Editor Andrew Renton. Published November, 2013
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