The exhibition displays a collection of photographic images made with the old cyanotype (blueprinting) technique and inspired by nature. Anna Atkins (1799-1871), a British botanist, was the first to use this photographic process by making cyanotype photograms to illustrate her books.
In her steps, some student’s classes with the guidance of the photagrapher Annamaria Castellan, Presidente of the Associazione Culturale Acquamarina in Trieste, have taken pectures of the occasion of many visits to the Botanical Garden of Padua and transformed them into blueprints.
The show is introduced by the works realized by the Master opening the way to those of her pupils.
In the context of ESOF 2020, the artist prepares and exhibits a series of introductory panels of the contemporary shower project born from his encounter with the physicist Hans Grassman. Contemporary Shower is a relational experiment that - intersecting art, physics and the human body (in the excellence of sport, in this case synchronized swimming) - goes to discover those points of tangency aimed at human and scientific knowledge and development. Contemporary shower wants to urge the scientific world and social life to act more consciously considering the need for a global use of renewable energies, to bequeath to the future generations a better and cleaner planet by demonstrating that art is able to create visible links between science, society and ethics. The presence of the Linear Mirror, which converts sunlight into heat (as Archimedes already indicated more than 2200 years ago) allowing the heating of the water, becomes the main fulcrum around which all the artistic / scientific narrative in the area develops.
Elena Mazzi presents a screening program of several artist videos, which deal with the themes of art / science, in particular with a focus on physics and the study of biomasses.
Two videos, made by her between 2014 and 2017, arise from a direct dialogue with the physicist Hans Grassmann, and other videos are added, with dialogues of artists with international physicists. The installation also includes some preparatory drawings and storyboards of the proposed videos.
The exhibited works are analogic black and white photographs taken with a pinhole camera. The subjects are natural landscapes around Trieste, such as the bay of Sistiana, the karst plateau, the Revoltella Park, the Barcola coast where the presence of man is minimal. The nature, seen through the tiny hole through which the image is formed, gives the image a total depth of field which, with the temporal dilation necessary for the correct exposure, acquires a "metaphysical" aspect. The pinhole device, not having a viewfinder for framing, forces you to activate a different way of relating with the deeper and more aware surrounding environment which harmonises well with the concept of renewable energy because at a certain point you realize that the landscape, the exterior that we want to portray, is also inevitably our inner landscape: sustainability, respect for nature and recycling become essential aspects Workshop - The pinhole The pinhole is a box that, in place of the lens, has a small hole drilled in a thin material. Photographs can be obtained with this box, even without the use of a film, but only with photographic paper. It can be built in a more or less rudimentary way, with materials such as cardboard, wood, tin and whatever, and can have different shapes. But the pinhole is first and foremost a tool to understand the methods of photographic shooting by freeing yourself from the clutter of technology, to use them better but also in a more creative way. Through this knowledge, it is possible to identify methods and fields of application beyond the usual ones. The workshop is conducted by photographers Annamaria Castellan and Luigi Tolotti and divided into two parts: a theoretical one - elements of the history of photography - viewing a movie - the pinhole, models with and without film - how to photograph with the pinhole. And a practical part - loading boxes with photographic paper in a dark room - going out to the garden for the exhibition - development and drying of the photo