Red Filter: In Search of Shimmer
Contribution to the symposium Postcards from the Anthropocene: Unsettling the Geopolitics of Representation
- paper forthcoming -
The constructed postcard aims to serve as an alternative response to Hito Steyerl's question addressing the politics of the monochrome: "How could we insert an imperceptible subtraction into the red lights which are flashed at us to evoke terror and destruction?" 
 Hito Steyerl, ‘The Empire of Senses: Police as art and the crisis of representation’, Transversal: Art and Police, 09/07 (2007).
Postcard depicts city landscape at night as seen through the telescope and the red filter, captured on film using pinhole camera.
200mm f/6 Guan Sheng Dobsonian telescope, TS Optics Super Plössl 32mm eyepiece, TS Optics 2x Barlow Lens, TS Optics Colour Filter Red #25, pinhole camera, 30 min exposure time, Fuji Superia 1600 35mm film, human eye