Pursuit of Fiction

Studio F, 2006, 127x160cm, C-type print mounted under diasec, framed © Kathrin Kur 2008
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.

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Studio F, 2006, 127x160cm, C-type print mounted under diasec, framed © Kathrin Kur 2008

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.

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Studio B, 2006, 127x160cm, C-type print mounted under diasec, framed © Kathrin Kur 2008

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Studio A, 2006, 127x160cm, C-type print mounted under diasec, framed © Kathrin Kur 2008

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.

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Studio D, 2006, 127x160cm, C-type print mounted under diasec, framed © Kathrin Kur 2008

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Studio C, 2006, 127x160cm, C-type print mounted under diasec, framed © Kathrin Kur 2008

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Colour-separation overlay (CSO) H Stage, 2007, 127x160cm, C-type print mounted under diasec,
framed © Kathrin Kur 2008

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Motion capture studio (Artem), 2007, 127x160cm, C-type print mounted under diasec, framed © Kathrin
Kur 2008

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Action film set, 2004, 80x100cm, C-type print mounted under diasec, framed © Kathrin Kur 2008

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Comedy series TV-set, 2006, 80x100cm, C-type print mounted under diasec, framed © Kathrin Kur 2008

Kur’s series is on show at the Photofusion gallery in Brixton, London until 23 February. See photofusion.org

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