Changing Dying Art

Curious at ways I can destroy old film in a way that adds and changes how we view this dying art. 

I am currently undertaking MEDA201, in which we are experimenting with film. For me, i have always been curious with photography and film, trying to create a new way of looking at something, that is too us, mundane. Here are some techniques I have found that i will later be experimenting with. 

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This was created by first adding detergent power to a tray of negative film and spraying with window cleaner to fix the mixture and allowing to rest for a few hours or days. Bleach in hot water is then added and left for around 60 seconds before allowing to dry in the sun. 

Cool, right? 

Peter Hoffman and Phillip Stearns, two of my favourite artists deploy similar techniques to create interesting results with old film. 

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This image was taken from his series Fox River Derivatives  in which he soaked the film in gasoline, set it alight and then doused in water. (Wouldn’t recommend trying this, i nearly set my hair on fire!)

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This image was taken from Phillip Stearnes series Retinal Pigment Epithelium and Other Vision Technologies, Real or Otherwise Imagined. This particular effect was created by using instant color film and zapping it with high voltage after dousing it in a mixture of household chemicals such as bleach and vinegar etc. (Still working on the high voltage zaps myself!)


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