Kristof Vrancken researches "natural" methods for developing photos. He has experimented with the anthotype procedure, which uses purely natural ingredients.
By developing photos using local plant-based colours, in particular from the flora of the location photographed, Kristof Vrancken establishes an interesting relationship between the physical landscape and the photographic image. He elicits an awareness of time, local resources and the developments processes, thereby presenting a critical counterweight to the contemporary snapshot culture.
During Manufactuur 3.0 Kristof Vrancken will develop a new photographic emulsion based on historical recipes and starting from Hasselt gin and local berries and flora. Referring to 18th and 19th century traditions to make homemade liquors, a new and drinkable photographic emulsion will be created, searching for a balance between image and taste.
Kristof Vrancken has invited a number of designers to participate in a micro-residence in his studio during Manufactuur 3.0. The invites include Veerle Tytgat, Jenny Stieglitz, Pablo Hannon, Andries Vanvinckenroye and Giaocomo Piovan (Soacialmatter)
In collaboration with Jenevermuseum Hasselt and Distillerie 't Stookkot