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Helene Romakin

Book Launch: Movements of Air
12 May 2023, 7 pm

Espace Diaphanes
Dresdener Str. 118, Berlin


The book Movements of Air reprints the breathtaking pictures of Étienne-Jules Marey, that he took between 1899 and 1901 during his scientific experiments with moving air and smoke, and complements them with two technic- and art-historical essays of Georges Didi-Huberman and Laurent Mannoni.

Marey's wind tunnel photographs were themselves causes of turbulence in the history of images. The two artists Florian Dombois and Christoph Oeschger explore the "graphical" vortices of the last 120 years and provide at the end of the book a collage from historical and contemporary material interlaced with their own image making.

This visual essay from the perspective of image makers will be the starting point of a discussion with the curator and cultural scientist Helene Romakin about: art, science, politics, the verbal and non-verbal, visualizing the invisible, wind, smoke, flow and turbulence etc. Or in short: How do we look at images?

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