As the collaborators of the project "Beyond the Blue Mountain" gathered again, Hanna Wildow organised two workshop days attempting to archive The Border Forest with the historical photographic method known as cyanotypes. With two chemicals and sunlight, objects are placed on natural materials and hence creating a kind of shadow-based prints. Cyanotypes were the first kind of blueprint, and with the intense blue that unravels through the process, it became the foundation from which we discussed the meaning of forests, borders, and the colour of blue.
Besides the cyanotypes, the participants also engaged in free writing exercises, a method intends to halt the conception that thinking precedes writing, and instead activate thinkings that emerge through the act of writing. The quote above is one of the many beautiful lines that came to life through this method.
During the workshops, the project's cinematographer Adam Nilsson also participated, documenting the process and filming material for the video work that will become part of the exhibition that opens on May 17th, 2019, in Gallerirum, Stripa.
Beyond the Blue Mountains is a project initiated by Konstfrämjandet Bergslagen, in collaboration with Region Örebro, and Lindesberg Municipality. The project is process-oriented and participatory based.