Julius Von Bismarck and the manipulation of media
A look at Julius Von Bismarck's work, in particular the 'Image Fulgurator', in relation to his current exhibit in FACT's Gallery 2
5 July 2010Julius Von Bismarck’s ‘The Space Beyond Me’, exhibited in Gallery 2 throughout FACT’s Persistence of Vision exhibition, physically imitates the process of memory by projecting old filmed images onto walls painted with phosphorescent paint. Reacting to the UV light from the projector, the paint retains the images momentarily, like a ghostly after image, until they gradually fade from view like a fleeting memory.
Von Bismarck’s work often involves the creation of new methods of media manipulation. He has created and patented a device, the Image Fulgurator, that can be used to manipulate photographs as they are taken, suggesting the outside forces at work in the simple act of preserving an image as a memory.
The Image Fulgurator works like a normal camera, except in reverse. In a normal camera, the light reflected from an object is projected via the lens onto the film. In the Image Fulgurator, this process is exactly the opposite: instead of an unexposed film, an exposed and developed roll of slide film is loaded into the camera and behind, a flash. When the flash goes off, the image is projected from the film via the lens onto the object.
Von Bismarck questions the trust we place in the media’s representation of reality. In his Image Fulgurator photographs, he acts upon photographs as they are taken, using his own patented ‘reverse camera’ to ‘intervene’ and manipulate the image.
Check out Julius’s YouTube demonstration of the Image Fulgurator: