Copyright 2016

Exhibition
Comets in Counter Space
A Diaporama from the Archives of Comet Photo AG


ETH-Bibliothek’s
Image Archive

Opening:
Nov. 5, 2015, 6pm

Exhibition: Nov. 6 – Jan. 9, 2016


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PRESENTATION:
Nov. 12, 2015, 6pm
Paris Photo – Punto de Fuga

The session will present Comets in Counter Space and delve into the topics of archiving, indexing, classifying and collecting. Participant: Linda Jensen, Curator Counter Space, Roland Lüthi, ETH-Image Archive & Ursula Sulser, Artist


In collaboration with ETH-Bibliothek’s Image Archive (ETH – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology), Counter Space presents a three-part, associative image and sound project based on the historical genre of the diaporama. The exhibition will find surprising ways to examine the issue of how historical material reaches the present and which changes it undergoes in the process.

The three-part diaporama at Counter Space will comprise of a selection of photographs from the holdings of the former Zurich-based photographic agency Comet Photo AG. ETH-Bibliothek acquired the collection in the year 2000, thereby expanding its collection activities to include a field that goes way beyond the archiving of science history photographs.

Concept and Realisation
Roland Lüthi, Image Archive, ETH-Bibliothek; Ursula Sulser, artist

Music
Charles Uzor

Exhibition Setup
Image Archive team, ETH-Bibliothek, Zurich, Multimedia Services ETH Zurich, Counter Space

The Image Archive of ETH-Bibliothek
With more than 2 million photographs, the Image Archive of ETH-Bibliothek is one of the largest in Switzerland. The holdings include the Portrait and View Collection, images from ETH private personal papers, integral archives of foundations such as Luftbild Schweiz (including the Swissair Photo Archive), Industrial Culture or Documenta Natura.

German
In Zusammenarbeit mit dem Bildarchiv der ETH-Bibliothek zeigt der Counter Space eine dreiteilige, assoziative Bild- und Tonarbeit mit Rückgriff auf das historische Genre der "Tonbildschau" – ein Diaporama. Die Ausstellung geht auf überraschenden Wegen der Frage nach, wie historisches Material in die Gegenwart gelangt und welche Verwandlungen es dabei durchläuft.

Das dreiteilige Diaporama im Counter Space umfasst eine Auswahl von Fotografien aus dem Bestand der ehemaligen Zürcher Fotoagentur Comet Photo AG, den die ETH-Bibliothek im Jahr 2000 erwarb. Damit weitete sie die Sammlungs-tätigkeit auf einen Bereich aus, der weit über die Archivierung von wissenschaftshistorischen Fotografien hinausgeht.

„The potential of archives, to not simply house images, but enable viewers to think about the genealogy of the visual world and the means and modes of its construction, remains underexplored.“ Daniel Kurjaković in Torrent– Source Material by Artists, No 2, Spring 2014

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Comet Photo AG: Hitze in Zürich, 1952
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Comet Photo AG: Comet Gründer, 1952
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Comet Photo AG: Die Augen der Welt = Photoreporter, 1952
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Frank Blaser: Digitalisierung mit Farbreferenz, 3.7.2015
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Exhibition view: A Diaporama from the Archives of Comet Photo AG
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Exhibition view: A Diaporama from the Archives of Comet Photo AG
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Exhibition view: A Diaporama from the Archives of Comet Photo AG