Capharnaum


Part I: Archive

"[…] he catalogues and collects. He collates the annals of intemperance, the capharnaum of waste. He sorts things out and selects judiciously: he collects like a miser guarding a treasure, refuse which will assume the shape of useful or gratifying objects […]."
 
(Charles Baudelaire about “Le Chiffonnier” (The rag-picker) in “Les Paradis artifices”)

capharnaum: a confused jumble, a place marked by a disorderly accumulation of objects

Within this temporary chaos I find reflexes of domestic image- and object worlds, revealing simultaneously the very private and an image of society. After all we eke are what we own and even more so what we ceased to need and still search for in what is gone.

Photographically I choose the narrow space of the still life, making  the unconsciously arranged visible. Pictorial space merges with the surroundings real space and a clash of object, image, light and shadow creates stage-like mise-en-scène from coincidental and volatile assemblage. In particular reproductions of art - these pictures from pictures and their long gone aura - seem for a moment to be revived by the singularity of their appearance. 

The archive consists of 15 Categories giving order to the collection according to composition and arrangement. Each category develops an ever tighter pictorial space, leading  towards a format filling depiction.

Category I           
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Picture and/or Object
Arrangement
Solitary or Paired
Composition
Spatial Context
Frontal and Complete
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Category II           
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Picture and/or Object
Arrangement
Solitary or Paired
Composition
Foregrund and Background
Frontal and Complete
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Category III        
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Picture and/or Object
Arrangement
Solitary or Paired
Composition
Foreground and Background
Frontal and Partially Cropped
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Category IV     
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Picture and/or Object
Arrangement
Grouped
Composition
Foreground and Background
Frontal and Partially Cropped
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Category V  
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Picture and Object
Arrangement
Paired
Composition
Foreground
Frontal and Partially Cropped
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Category VI     
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Picture or Object
Arrangement
Solitary or Paired
Composition
Foreground
Frontal and Partially Cropped
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Category VII     
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Picture and/or Object
Arrangement
Solitary or Paired
Composition
Background
Frontal and Complete
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Category VIII     
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Picture and/or Object
Arrangement
Solitary or Paired
Composition
Background
Frontal and Partially Cropped
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Category IX       
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Picture or Object
Arrangement
Solitary Or Paired
Composition
Background
Down and Complete
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Category X      
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Picture or Object
Arrangement
Solitary or Paired
Composition
Background
Down and Partially Cropped
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Category XI        
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Picture and Object
Arrangement
Solitary or Paired
Composition
Background
Down and Partially Cropped
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Category XII        
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Picture or Object
Arrangement
Grouped
Composition
Down and Full Frame
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Category XIII      
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Picture and/or Object
Arrangement
Paired
Composition
Frontal/Down and Full Frame
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Category XIV   
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Picture and Object
Arrangement
Paired
Composition
Frontal and Full Frame
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Category XV    
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Picture or Object
Arrangement
-
Composition
Frontal/Down and Full Frame
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