Eavesdropping – with Dr Jane Wildgoose (2021)

Jane Wildgoose, Roelof Bakker, Eavesdropping

Jane Wildgoose, Roelof Bakker, Eavesdropping

Jane Wildgoose, Roelof Bakker, Eavesdropping

Jane Wildgoose, Roelof Bakker, Eavesdropping

Jane Wildgoose, Roelof Bakker, Eavesdropping

Jane Wildgoose, Roelof Bakker, Eavesdropping

The work Eavesdropping consists of twenty-five cyanotype prints contact-printed from the same negative alongside a video animation created with these prints and a video fragment of the same scene, the two slowly merging.

Text written and read by Jane Wildgoose during a live talk, accompanies the animation. Here the words, taken out of context, become a comment on the dynamic relationship between muse and photographer, subject and viewer, of watching and being watched. The video also explores the potential of the cyanotype process to create unique impressions from one negative while exposing the material qualities of paper.

The video was developed by sharing work-in-progress online followed by discussions between the artists: a slow process based on trust, similar to how the collaborative publication Strong Room evolved.

Eavesdropping is one of several experimental bodies of work developed during a self-assigned residency (April 2020-April 2021) at The Queer Hut, a desolate wooden structure on a disused railway embankment overlooking fields in the Cambridgeshire countryside.

Eavesdropping: twenty-five cyanotype prints on Arches Platine, 310gsm, 8.3cm x11cm; high definition video, colour, sound, 1:37 min, 2021. Cyanotype portraits and video of Jane Wildgoose by Roelof Bakker. Text from a live reading by Jane Wildgoose from her essay ‘A Visit to the Archives’ in Strong Room (Roelof Bakker & Jane Wildgoose, Negative Press London, 2014). www.rbakker.com/strongroom and www.janewildgoose.co.uk