Red Filter: In Search of Shimmer

Contribution to the symposium and exhibition Postcards from the Anthropocene: Unsettling the Geopolitics of Representation, University of Edinburgh


Visual essay now published in the book Postcards from the Anthropocene, edited by Benek Cincik and Tiago Torres-Campos, published by dpr-barcelona in 2022.


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?" [1]


[1] 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

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