QiSeGuang (QSG) is a photography based activity space located in the Rotterdam Port, initiated and run by Zhou Junsheng. The name QSG was borrowed from Qi Se Guang Sheying Tupianshe (Lit. ‘Seven-Colors-Light Photo Studio/Club’), a photo studio originally opened by Zhou’s family in Beijing in 1989. For a long time, it was a Kodak Express, offering photographic retail products, daily photographing and printing services for the local community. This year, the studio comes to the Rotterdam Port, under the project Vegetating Image, an image of life and vitality, an image that grows as plants do, an image which is embedded by the activities around itself. The image will develop as a photographic activity space, containing a photo studio and a platform of photo club. As a space for daily practical use, the historical and philosophical conversation of photography will merge with the public and local artistic community.
As part of the project Vegetating Image, QSG begins at the place where Shengyi Tu is currently growing. A digital Vegetating Image is displayed as the background of studio-qiseguang.com since 28th August 2018. The ‘exposure-time’ of this image keeps growing everyday with time, through the activities and actions of work within the space, the longer we stay, the more our motions blur. QSG is also working on the concept and technique of ‘contact’ derived from the contact sheet. At QSG the contact sheet has been developed as a means for digitizing film based photo archives; to come into contact with the digital image. From these contact prints new techniques and understandings in making blueprints for artistic practice are also being developed; This moving from image to contact sheet to blueprint is also bring turned into discussion program, called Kontact.
︎Kontact: A Blueprint
︎Kontact: Target /'tɑɹɡɪt/
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Programs of QSG and Vegetating Image, are made possible by supported from Mondriaan Fonds, Stimuleringsfonds. The instruction and contents of the Kontact program are on the basis of support from CBK Rotterdam.
Kontact: A Blueprint
With Carolin Lange and Zhou Junsheng
Sunday 3 March 2019, 12:00-15:00
A blueprint, is a blue & white reproduction of a map, a mechanical drawing, or an architect's plan using a photographic contact print process on light-sensitive sheets; A blueprint, is also a plan, a proposal that shows how something is expected to work.
The process of blueprint, as one of the very earliest photographic processes, was originally introduced by Sir John Herschel in 1842. It was also Herschel who coined the term 'photography' in the English language, and the first who applied the use of terms 'negative' and 'positive' within the context of photography. As a quick, low-cost, easy, very stable process, engineers and architects started to use blueprint to make copies of their drawings and plans in the 1880s; photographers used this process to make their proof prints and contact sheets.
The first discussion group Kontact: A Blueprint, will take place from 12:00 to 15:00, on the 3rd of March 2019, the day of the sun where, we, Zhou Junsheng and Carolin Lange, where we are going to give a brief introduction to the history of blueprints and its processes by showing the making of contact prints. Afterwards everyone who has joined us, are going to have a discussion together, on the nature, the language of 'blueprint' and its possible usage in artistic practices. By the end of the event, we will make new plans for the future, a blueprint of the photo club, how and what can be achieved for the next topic and future activities of Kontact, of the space, of the local artistic community.
During the event, light refreshments will be served. We will also give everyone who has joined us a small present, as a memento of our first Kontact. If you would like to reserve a place and help us to get right number of the presents, r.s.v.p to: email@example.com, we are located on the 2nd level of the former RET building, at Waalhaven Oostzijde 1, 3087 BM Rotterdam.
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