Dark Matter

Dark Matter

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Script: Karel Doing
Photography: Karel Doing
Editing: Karel Doing
Sound: Charly van Rest, Nico Bunnik
Music: Florian Magnus Maier, Friso van Wijck
Producer, Co-producer: Karel Doing
Color: Colour and B&W
Language: No dialogue

This personal film is made up of landscape photos from the archive of the director’s father, through which he returns to his life while exploring the material possibilities for creating “landscapes”: the film itself is exposed to the effects of yeast, salt, leaves and seaweed. By reacting with the film emulsion, each foreign element creates a new and different image quality, while the noise on the soundtrack underscores the fragility of incomplete memories.

The only memory that Karel’s father told him about his own childhood was how he ate tulip bulbs during the period known as the Dutch Famine.



Taking a selection of my father's vast archive of landscape photographs as a starting point, I embarked on an investigation of the possibilities for creating 'landscapes' directly on motion picture film material. Using yeast, salt, leaves and seaweed as reactive elements I managed to find a new way for creating images on analogue film. The yeast grew; feeding on the gelatin, the caustic power of the salt left marks in the emulsion, the acidity of the leaves attacked the film even stronger, and chlorophyl in the seaweed was absorbed; creating unexpected colours. Additionally I experimented with organic developers and a range of chemical toning techniques and more destructive techniques such as scraping, applying acid and temporary burial of photographic material. I used the resulting collection of images to create an experiential cinematic piece, simultaneously being a portrait of my father, an account of the largely unknown part of his life before I was born, and a moving visual painting.

Photo Gallery

Doing Film
Karel Doing
Flat 7, Heritage Court
82 Blackheath Road
London / United Kingdom
+44 7 570 240 970

Festival edition: 2014
Sections: Fascinations
Premiere Type: World Premiere
Exhibition format: DCP
Subtitle languages: No Subtitles
24.10.2014 16:00


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