Concept and production: Tine Wilde
Edition: 200 copies
Dimensions: 8.26 x 11.02in / 210 x 280mm
Specifications: Hardcover embossed. Inside work 72 pages full colour, sewed with black thread, 16 pictureworks in double-page spreads, 16 spot varnished b/w pictures, and poetic text in colour
Paper: cover Ecoflect® Buckram bright gold 134grs; endpapers Rainbow Black 160grs; inside work Arctic Volume High white 150grs.
Lithographer: Willem de Heer
Printer: NPN Drukkers, Breda
Binder: Boekbinderij van Mierlo B.V., Nijmegen
Publishing date: November 2019
Publisher: Wilde Oceans Publications
Price € 85,00 incl. VAT and free shipping within the Netherlands
Webpage project Soul Space
Also available at book shop Perdu;
Included in Allard Pierson Special Collections Univrsity of Amsterdam
|Soul Space is supported by the AFK (Amsterdam Fund for the Arts).
'The AFK are convinced of the substantive artistic quality. A project brimming with originality and eloquence.'
THE BOOK AS A WORK OF ART
|SOUL SPACE is a poetic photo book about the ways in which God is manifest as a hidden travel advisor. Challenging the existing religious communities, Soul Space announces the birth of the eMigrant - an electronic Deity that will alter our world in an unprecedented manner.
Soul Space combines philosophy and photography in an inquiry into religious experience. The book covers the first part of a trilogy aiming to study and elaborate three different perspectives on the nature of God. Soul Space addresses the human perspective, questioning the ways in which God is manifest as a hidden travel advisor and how this forceful phenomenon can be captured photographically. With a focus on the quest for how to live, the ultimate goal is to show that God is a sign of our evolutionary potential.
Between August 2016 and July 2017 the hidden travel advisor was persued in the manifestations of religious experience during all kinds of services and ceremonies present to this very day in Amsterdam. Each in their own manner worshipping what they think is most important. What does religious experience mean for the churchgoers? What do they hope for? Which voices do they hear? Or do they merely opt for the coffee after service? By focussing on the profound feelings during service, when the intimacy of the moment evokes a special atmosphere in which `something might happen’, it was the objective to capture potential apparitions on camera. After all the photographs were taken, printed and spread out, religious experience showed itself in the various colour shades of the religious communities. Not the direct representations of the churchgoers during service or ceremony proved to be paramount, but the colours as they emerged from the overview of the photographic images. As a consequence, this poetic photo book is not composed of representational pictures of people caught on camera during service or ceremony, but of a variety of colours which together with a poetic reflection on the eMigrant as the newborn electronic Deity narrate this everyday world as well as a hallucinating new reality evoked by our magic, mystical mind.
The book block is composed of 72 pages full colour. Four pages for each of the 16 participating religious communities from Amsterdam: one page with a colour-composition ascribed to a specific community; one page with a poetic fragment in the same colour-composition; and a double page with a photographic record of the emotions and feelings evoked by that specific community. The poetic text is inspired by the bible and runs in four movements through all the religious communities. This reflection is not about the various communities, but challenges them with the introduction of a new religion - the arrival of the eMigrant. Due to the undisputed expertise of lithographer Willem de Heer and the renowned NPN drukkers from Breda, the book, bound in embossed gold paper, expresses the exclusiveness of a unique work of art.
The poetic text is inspired by the bible and runs in four movements through all the religious communities. Each time in a different colour related to a specific religious community. After all, in the end all religions are ONE. This reflection is not about the various communities, but challenges them with the introduction of a new religion - the arrival of the eMigrant. The eMigrant signifies the 'electronic Migrant' who has penetrated our lives in an encompassing way and will determine our future for a substantial part. In the same way as Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism have done. With good and bad influences, progression and decline. It is as much a paradox as the existing religions and our colour experiences. Many will convert themselves to this eMigrant; few will avert. But in all cases, this phenomenon will determine our lives and future for a large part.
The choice for a special gold paper cover stems from the conviction that in the end all religions (also the electronic one) are one, because they are an invincible part of the human beings we are. Gold is par excellence the expression for this. It is said to be a pure and noble elementary metal. A desirable earthly mineral which at the same time evokes the expansion of the universe. In almost all religious communities, gold is in one way or the other present. For instance, the gilded surfaces in the medieval churches that served as messages of illumination. The mineral is physically stable, yet also radically contingent in relation to atmospheric effects. As pictorial space, at the same time indeterminate as well as infinite, the philosopher Wittgenstein calls this noble metal an example of the fourth dimension of colours. With only an embossed title, the cover functions as a mirror the moment you pick up the book.
Several factors underscore the timeliness of project Soul Space. Firstly, a renewed interest of people in what one could call ‘religious experience’. But also the collapse of several societal systems with or without increasing thread for violence is a factor. And there is the urge for a new humanistic approach. With a focus on the quest for how to live, the ultimate goal is to show that religious experience is a sign of our evolutionary potential. That it is an intrinsic human feature to seek for transcendence - for ‘something’ that makes us the creative human beings we are.