Pursuit of Fiction
We included one of Kathrin Kur’s images of film and television production spaces in our latest issue but thought we should share some of the other photographs from her series (currently showing at Photofusion in Brixton, London) on the blog. Kur focuses on the hidden machinery behind the creation of contemporary news, entertainment programmes and cinema. These are spaces for “mythmaking” as Kur has it and, while responsible for the creation of much of what we see on TV everyday, they are places rarely seen by viewers.
Kur’s pictures are unnerving not least because many of them are taken from high up in the studio (she situates herself within the corridors of scaffolding used by technicians) but that, moreover, they depict strange world – of huge lighting rigs, lamps and hulking, humanoid cameras – that exists behind our televisual culture. Unlike the comfort of the scheduled daily news bulletin, or regular soap opera, these images are unsettling because of their unfamiliarity.
Kur’s series is on show at the Photofusion gallery in Brixton, London until 23 February. See photofusion.org
these are the amazing example of the dehumanization of media - the attempt to destroy this feeling of a perfect fake intimacy media tries to create.
what i am wondering is how cruel are these images actually?
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