All you can feel

Since the 1950s, we in the Western world have increasingly come to understand our most intimate desires and experiences, as the products of a so-called “chemical self.” We are able to explain moods, angers, and diseases both physiological and psychological through an imbalance of substances in the body. Esther Leslie describes in her book Synthetic Worlds, how pharmacy and photography are closely linked and intertwined since their industrial birth. 
In the work All You Can Feel, liquified pharmaceuticals, synthetically produced body-own substances and illegal drugs have been placed on the sensitive side of a photographic negative. After a few days or weeks, the result of a chemical interaction between the photo-emulsion and the substance became visible, which was finally enlarged in the darkroom. By integrating the pharmaceuticals into the photographic process, they have been used as an alternative exposure method. The substances „hack“ the system of the negative by attacking its surface and getting deep into their structure and revealing themselves there as a kind of portrait. In All You Can Feel the possibilities of photography are explored at the frontiers of what can be visually portrayed – the interface between representation and reality. 

All You Can Feel/ Planets, LSD 2013, LSD on foto negative, enlarged as C-Print, 160 x 160 cm

All You Can Feel/ Planets, Opium 2013, liquid Opium on foto negative, enlarged as C-Print, 70 x 70 cm

All You Can Feel, exhibition view, Heidelberger Kunstverein, 2014

All You Can Feel/ Maps, MDMA 2013, MDMA on foto negative, enlarged as C-Print, 158 x 190 cm



All You Can Feel/ Maps, Fantasy & Ecstasy, 2013, GHB and GBL on foto negative, enlarged as C-Print, 125 x 155 cm 

All You Can Feel/ Clouds,Salbutamol, 2015, Salbutamol on foto negative, enlarged as C-Print, 140 x 170 cm

All You Can Feel/ Maps, Speed and Magic, 2013, Speed and Mephedron on foto negative, enlarged as C-Prin, 125 x 150 cm

All You Can Feel/ Planets, Pharmaceutical Speed 2013, Speed on foto negative, enlarged as C-Print, 70 x 70 cm

All You Can Feel/ Planets, Ketamin 2013, Ketamin on foto negative, enlarged as C-Print, 70 x 70 cm

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