In her highly immersive, sensory performances, Tatiana Kronberg combines photography, sculpture, and music in a ritual that examines the physical and metaphysical properties of light and sound waves. For her solo project at ADDS DONNA, she will transform the gallery space into both a camera and a darkroom. During a public performance, (Wednesday, Sept. 6th at 8pm) Kronberg and her collaborator Meg Clixby will expose photo paper in the gallery directly with flashes of light that will be bent, polarized, diffracted, and refracted by mirrors, prisms, obstacles, slits, and apertures in a series of collaborative experiments. The accompanying electronic score will likewise engage with the principles of reflection, diffraction, and absorption—only through sound instead of light.
Kronberg presents the darkened chamber of the performance space as a metaphor for the unconscious brain activity driven by the continuous flow of electrochemical waves, similar to how light waves create a latent image on the chemically treated surface in photo processing. Through repetition, the learned movements and thoughts become automatic in response to specific triggers, like the muscle memory of a surfer’s movements gliding on the surface of a rolling wave.
The resulting photograms on display for the remainder of the exhibition will serve as physical evidence of the live performance. By bypassing the negative and printing stages necessary to representational photo production, Kronberg eschews accurate documentation and consequent mediation of image-making in favor of the physically direct impression of the photogram.
This project was made possible with the generous assistance of Columbia College.