Martine Stig

Martine Stig (Nijmegen, NL, 1972) lives and works in Amsterdam.
Selected for On the Move: the photo series Cauchy Horizons (2012).

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Over Cauchy Horizons (2012)

Is it possible to photograph the future? To answer this question, Martine Stig visited four major cities, each at a crucial point in its political, economic or intellectual development: Tunis, Shenzhen, Athens and Geneva. To create Cauchy Horizons, she first analyzed the visual language of science fiction films – the visual art genre supremely concerned with speculation about the future. When photographing the urban environment, Stig then looked for the circles, triangles, globes and shiny surfaces so beloved of sci-fi cinema. In her book, she combines photos of futuristic architecture with images of everyday objects, shot to make them look like the setting for science fiction. Her inventiveuse of light and shade and chosen camera angles transform ordinary handrails, gratings and vertical contrails into something entirely different and more futuristic. Cauchy Horizons conjures up the setting for a story that the viewer is left to imagine.

Photo from the series Cauchy Horizons (2012). Courtesy of the artist & Motive Gallery Brussels
Photo from the series Cauchy Horizons (2012). Courtesy of the artist & Motive Gallery Brussels

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