What does one see when standing in front of the Basler Münster; a religious monument encapsulating the collective cultural memory of generations, or a building made of thousands of sandstone blocks carved out of their natural environment? As part of the research project titled “New Material Presences in Photography”, this photographic installation experiments with these questions by shaping a narrative for its case study: sandstone. The processes of deconstruction and displacement over the past 1000 years of the Basler Münster form the context upon which the images of the installation are developed. The photographs search for a variety of translations of sandstone that deliberately question its appearance by applying photographic sequences and subverting any notion of a singular representation. By experimenting with simulations, and searching for otherness in their material presences, the images attempt to trigger the beholder’s intuitions about sandstone, the Münster, and their interdependent material durations.
The exhibition is made possible by the support of Basler Münsterbauhütte, Museum Kleines Klingental, University of Arts Linz and the Institute Digital Communication Environments at HGK Basel FHNW.