want gij zijt stof, en gij zult tot stof wederkeren.
(for you were made from dust, and to dust you will return)
In petri dishes filled with a nutrient-rich medium for the molds: “Aspergillus niger” and “Aspergillus nidulans” I placed these molds upon my negatives from among other the Küppersmühle Museum in Duisburg.
Over the past years I’ve shot many photographs of socialistic and postwar architecture. In 2008 I decided to take my photography a step further, I started to experiment on my negatives with a natural destroyer; mold. I did it to emphasize the mortality of the architecture on my pictures. My negatives where placed between moldy coffee or a moldy rice substance. After a few weeks the results were already very interesting. Some parts of the negative were completely eaten away by the mold, in other parts the emulsion was peeled off the negative.
My choice to use a natural destroyer is a very conscious one. Architecture is designed, built, lived in and demolished by humans. In nature (in this case mold) we don’t have an influence, or do we?
Project: Aspergillus niger 2011
Aspergillus niger is a fungus and one of the most common species of the genus Aspergillus. It causes a disease called black mold on certain fruits and vegetables such as grapes, onions, and peanuts, and is a common contaminant of food. It is ubiquitous in soil and is commonly reported from indoor environments.