Archival pigment print from photogrammetric space render /
100 cm x 190 cm, 1/ 5 + 1 AP, 2019
For millions of years, the surface of our planet has changed with its own power; the volcanoes, earthquakes and meteorites. And over the centuries, human civilization began to compete with the Earth, using architecture, engineering and technology to change Earth's topography. It is a natural phenomenon of history that our civilization has evolved from its own geography to seize other civilizations and colonize them. Since the invention of photography, photographers, explorers and geographers have competed with each other to share with us the first photographs and the first images of these new, unknown places that have been colonized. At the moment, mega projects are being produced upon the colonization of the Moon and Mars, which is an extraterrestrial planet. Through Curiosity, which represents human civilization similar to the first explorations, new topography images reach us every day from places we have never seen as if to celebrate the exploration of mankind.
However, photographs of these steep rocks resembling meteor craters on the surface of Mars are produced not in Mars or the Moon, but in our country located in our world. In order to obtain these visuals which constitute the first part of Volkan Kızıltunç's "Pellicle" project, the artist worked on volcanic landscapes, mining areas and marble quarries which are a natural part of our geography and history. These phenomenas in the fields were reconstructed in computer environment using unmanned aerial vehicles and photogrammetry technology. These new topography images, created by the reversal of these topography spaces produced in the digital environment, actually provide a non-existent surface image, “a pellicle” of earth.
These images, which seem to be the true representations of the Earth, are intended to make us question the concept of objective landscape photography and the relation of reality. But at the same time, these topography images, which are reproductions of a simulated reality created in computer space, are hanging in real space like non-existent planets in a non-existent universe, offering us an impossible viewpoint that is as if looking at the surface of the Earth from beneath.
And through these inverted views of geological phenomenas that have been around our Earth for millions of years– they remind us that we live on a planet and we are oriented into thinking about the concept of relative time as well.