Beyond the Violet End of the Spectrum
Paula Albuquerque – Beyond the Violet end of the Spectrum – Visual Documents
in the Age of CCTV and Drones
Opening 13 May 16.00 – 18.00
Introduction by Jeroen Boomgaard, Lector Art & Public Space, Gerrit
Rietveld Academie and Program Manager Amsterdam Research Institute for the
Arts and Sciences
Exhibition runs until 9 June 2018
Paula Albuquerque is interested in the documentary and aesthetic
qualities of footage produced by surveillance cameras. She has therefore
gathered a large collection of such images over the years. This image
bank was the starting point for her Webcam Research Lab project and the
resulting PhD in Artistic Research that she successfully completed in
Her exhibition BEYOND THE VIOLET END OF THE SPECTRUM – VISUAL DOCUMENTS
IN THE AGE OF CCTV AND DRONES is a new project in which Albuquerque
further builds on this research. It departs from the evidence that
people seem to consider that surveillance cameras, both analog and
digital, faithfully register reality. However, this is not always the
case. Individuals capture and manipulate images, but any camera may also
produce unexpected visual phenomena that do not occur in the situation
being registered. The exhibition at Bradwolff Projects is the first
phase of her new project in which she performs photo and video capture
experiments. That the registration techniques are not neutral but always
leave traces on the image is an important part of her research: The
camera obscura does not only produce an inverted light projection; a
digital registration by drones contains more than the mediated reality.
Paula Albuquerque is an experimental filmmaker and a scholar. She
completed her PhD in Artistic Research at the Amsterdam School for
Cultural Analysis (University of Amsterdam), after studying at the Fine Arts Department of the
Sandberg Institute. Albuquerque’s films and artwork have been shown a.o.
at Rotterdam International Film Festival, Stedelijk Museum Bureau
Amsterdam, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (Lisbon) and the Today Art
Museum (Beijing). Albuquerque also frequently presents work at
conferences (a.o. NECS and NWO Smart Cultures).
She currently teaches both at the University of Amsterdam (Master of
Artistic Research) and at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy (Moving Image
Department) and gives master classes i.e. Pratt Institute in (New York)
and the Dutch Film and Television Academy (Amsterdam).
Paula Albuquerque is present at the gallery every Thursday during the
exhibition between 13:00 and 17:00 to personally receive visitors and
for her performative artistic interventions.
Feel welcome to visit!