Februar 12 & March 5 2011 | prepared polaroid during Rotterdam Museumnight;
a contribution to Toine Klaassen's performance ''Touch of Paradise'', a collaboration of 11 artists from different disciplines in performance, organized by Cucosa > | Art Rotterdam >
place; Cucosa | Raampoortstraat 16 Rotterdam The Netherlands
sponsor; The Impossible Project > | leaflet >

poster prepared polaroid
 
touch of paradise
the touch of paradise working space
 
 
drying polaroid
  prepared polaroid ''attachments''
 
During Art Rotterdam 2010 the Attraction of the Opposites festival was held in art centre Cucosa. Toine Klaassen invited some fellow artists to contribute to his performance and installation Touch of Paradise, which was held in his own studio in Cucosa. 11 artists went ''embedded'' in Klaassens biotope, resulting in a MEGA IMPROVISATION MIX of several simultanious improvised performances and installations of their own.
 
jeroen with hat
huisman getting prepared for a snapshot in his role as re-intrepreter and installation guide
 

For Touch of Paradise Jeroen Huisman prepared a Polaroid 636 camera for the harsh, dark and cold environment to be expected in Cucosa. This Prepared Polaroid consisted of a felt body, a special lens and LED lights on flexible wires. These preparations should give enough possibilities to work in ''dark'ndusty'' places. With a working temp of about 7 degres celsius, a rather moist atmosphere and lots of very dark corners, the installation was indeed harsh!

Huisman used the Prepared Polaroid camera to mix his own impressions with the installation itself. The little square polaroid attachements were randomly spread over the installation and became part of it, attached to thin wire.

 
prepared polaroid attachments
 

During the performance Huismans role as photographer extended into an overall installation guide, trying to get the public into the darkest and scariest areas of the installation with the help of the prepared polaroid LED lights. In his best Russian Jeroen Huisman tried to override the public to throw rocks into the darkest hole of the Cucosa scenery. Most of them did, some even spoke Russian too!

The PX 600 silvershade film of Impossible Project gave a rough sketch of the whole happening, but reacted chemically unexpected... About 100 polaroids were taken.
Here some results;

 
Participating artists; Miek Zwamborn, Frank Berbée DJ PALF² , Doris Denekamp, Geert van Mil, Peik Suyling, Gam Bodenhausen, Lin Klaassen, Dennis Lohuis, Bart Groenewegen, Toine Klaassen and Jeroen Huisman.
 
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