Rudi Weissbeck

an anabasis is a journey into the unknown,
upon which a return home follows
in a changed state.

During a séance held in candlelight, a group performs a ritual in which they summon the evidential power of photography. Holding hands they baptize a photograph of an art print depicting drops, mounted on Plexiglas, with actual drops and repeat the process several times.

As proof, they photograph the baptized image after the séance which gives testimony about the process of indexicality. The original photograph, which showed the outlines of the dried drops, and the picture of the testimony, showing the photograph during the drying process, provides information about this heretical bloodletting and the breaking of indexicality in its birth and ritual chamber.

This work only exists in the form of an exhibition view. The original photograph was stolen on the opening night. All that remains is the exhibition view and the picture of the picture. The original image, the index and ritual object, has disappeared

Anabasis II, showing drops during the "baptism", 20 x 30 cm, 2016

Anabasis I, showing dried drops
after the „baptism“, 20 x 30 cm, 2016

Installation view of Anasis I & II,
Isenburger Schloss, Offenbach am Main (DE), 2016
2 mounted Ultrachrome K3 prints,
site-specific intervention, séance, 2 x 20 cm x 30 cm, 2016

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