To take a break from the many questions and constraints, I have concentrated for a while on a free visual research (strolling randomly through hundreds of scans at het Nieuwe Instituut), and some intuitive experiments. Making use of materials from both archives, I repurpose, invert, reverse, group, and collage, in order to “blow new life” into them, or into the spaces they depict – a notion that is very often repeated in documents on urban-renewal (“nieuw leven inblazen”). I will return to more concrete architectural methods in a later stage.
Scenes of Crime, Guy Königstein – experiment with inverted photographs from the archive of architect K. P. C. de Bazel [collection of Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam, Archief (BAZE)]
For now I still wish to follow the ambition to create an “own archive/collection” which will address (but not necessarily answer) the complexities of my personal position and the general concept of the ‘cultural archive’. I think that this can be achieved through polyphony, inner-contradictions, fragmentation, diversity of media, unequal proportions, incoherency, etc. Maybe I would like to see my actions, gestures (and attitudes) as camera-filters or optical devices; applied (practically or conceptually) on the materials I encounter and wish to utilize, occupy, or simply let-be, in order to load them with alternative meaning.
Guy Königstein, sketch for projection on a photograph from the archive of architect H.P. Berlage [collection of Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam, Archief (BERL)]
- Cover image: Guy Königstein, inverted photograph from the archive of architect H.P. Berlage [collection of Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam, Archief (BERL)]