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Culture Route
Friday October 30th 2009
Wednesday December 9th 2009
Showroom MAMA
In the exhibition Het Kabinet (The Cabinet), artists Honet, Gues, and Allergy make an installation out of photos, drawings, text, and films that make the atmosphere of the Parisian catacombs tangible.

The hundreds of pictures that Honet took do not only document his tags (a graffiti term: short initials to recognize the maker by), but also everyday life. The students get a guided tour across their travels around the world. They get to see a photo comic that is based on a journey from Beijing to Moscow via Kazakstan and a photo report of the underground parties and rambles across the Parisian catacombs.

Following the tour across the exhibition the students get to work making their own photo report with a pinhole camera. Students go on a voyage of discovery in their immediate surroundings. They are asked to stage a snapshot.

During the introduction the pinhole camera is explained to the students. A pinhole camera is a camera without a lens. Instead of a lens, a small hole is used. The concepts of camera obscura and shutter time are introduced. Using recognizable images, students get acquainted with the difference between snapshots and staged photography.

During the tour, students discover that there are still explorers in today's world. The artists Honet, Allergy, and Gues are inspired by the catacombs in Paris (an underground complex of corridors) and their discoveries during their world travels. Together with the students we look at the way in which a situation is captured on camera, with special attention for photography. Students are acquainted with aspects of images like framing, perspective, light, and composition. They investigate the difference between a snapshot and a staged photo. During the tour, the students can apply the concepts they learned with their camera, telephone or iPod.

After the theoretical part and the tour, the students get to use a pinhole camera. The students go on a voyage of discovery of their own in their surroundings, inspired by images from the exhibition. They are confronted with the limited possibilities of a pinhole camera. How do you make a photo that looks like a snapshot when you need a shutter time of 15 seconds?

In the dark room students develop their negatives. Together the photos are viewed and evaluated. Which picture looks most like a snapshot and why is that? After this they go outside again and use the knowledge and experience they gathered to take a second picture. Finally the photos of different groups are compared.

After the visit to MAMA

While Culture Route takes place (30 November - 15 December) the students' photos are presented in an exhibition that is on display 24 hours a day through the windows of the Politiegalerie (Witte de Withstraat 25, next to MAMA)

Results of the students
After the exhibition the photos are sent to their school, as is the photo report of the visit to MAMA by photographer Benjamin Li.

At school
Teachers receive a worksheet for making a pinhole camera and an information sheet so that students can view their own photos and those of photographers and analyse it once more using the concepts they learned during their visit to MAMA.

The Cabinet