Format: 23 x 30,5 cm 152 pages, hardcover. Language: DK/UK
Author: Lars Kiel Bertelsen, Carsten Thau
Jesper Rasmussen's photographs depict buildings and places in public spaces. They appear immediately familiar and confidential as buildings and places, but the pictures also have a strange and unheimlich character. They are digitally retouched so all traces of human presence and behavior are removed. Cars, bicycles, traffic signals, graffiti, doors, windows, etc. lacking, and the architecture therefore appears out of scale and alienated as a kind of parallel reality. The photographs play the role of classic documentary photographs, which unpredictably show what has been put in front of the camera. However, the photograph is decontextualized from unequivocally referring to a particular location, a particular locality (as it is otherwise the nature of photography) to slide towards a picture of pure form and architectural plan. The retouching contributes to the photosensitizing effect. The known recognizable saves something inhumanly, somewhat creepy, so that our ordinary, trivial living space is reduced to a humble cosmic universe, which is unlikely to look like reality.
In addition to the artist's own textual contribution, the book contains two newly written texts of two: Lars Kiel Bertelsen, associate professor at the Department of Art History, Aarhus University, who has written several significant books on photography and Carsten Thau, professor at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, is known for numerous books, lectures and television shows about architecture. The text is in both Danish and English.