When Physics Meets Art

Horhe: I am an instrumentalist, part of the bands Oratnitza, Tupani i gaidi and Trigaida. I started playing the didgeridoo 15 years ago. I was experimenting in the way I perform and with the way it is built. At the beginning of 2020, I started implementing the didgeridoo in electronic styles such as dubstep and drum and bass.

My name is Barbara Schieb, my passion is experimental photography. I’m currently doing an art degree, photography being my major field. Also I’m trained and experienced in various disciplines, such as drawing, painting, printmaking, graphic design or illustration. It’s safe to say I’m enthusiastic about everything analog.

I love to explore and push the limits of photography, dive deep into the joints between the different arts and blend it together with my personal interests like (concrete) poetry.

Do you rely on improvisations and lucky accidents when creating or would you rather plan everything out beforehand?

Horhe: My process is mostly based on improvisation, however, sometimes I dream of certain musical forms that I implement in my music afterwards.

Barbara: I usually start with a clear idea and image in my head. While bringing that to life it almost always emerges something else from it. Not only do I let this happen but I welcome it as part of that poetic process polaroid is. I take it up, throw in some spontaneity and work with it. This continues and kind of oscillates around a work I deem self-consistent and convincing. It might settle for something completely different from what I started with but it’s always part of both, planning and improvisation involved. I also love lucky accidents, those often give the best suggestions.

What’s your process for achieving these outer worldly images and colours?

Barbara: I’m kind of a kid at heart and I love experimenting. That’s why the whole year round I keep hoarding objects that might come to use for a photography project one day. Some of them are toys and gadgets that light up or blink, to be used for my light paintings. The more colourful and vibrant, the better.

I’m very rarely done after a few shots when I’m working on a project. I basically start to try out equipment that I think might work or know from experience how to utilise it. I combine it with self-made filters and sometimes installations, like tying the light to a thread, attempting different colours and movements. I take some time contemplating over my first few shots and create a concept for a set that brings it all together.