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Life, Origin and Multiverse.

The aim of the project is represented artistically through photography, reflections on the scientific theories about the origin of life, using mirrors for that. It started three years ago and two of the stages have already been made: Atacama (Chile) and Rio Tinto (Spain). The next stage is Iceland.

Fernando Marcos

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We want to fund the third stage of the artistic-scientific project Life, Origin and Multiverse that will take place in the month of September in Iceland, searching for ice and fire.

I want to represent artistically through photography, reflections on the latest scientific theories about the origin of life, -primal development, adaptation to extreme environments, evolutionary development and biodiversity- and its possible appearance in different universes at the same time -known by the scientific community as "multiverse”.

For this, I use mirrors as a metaphor, as a way to bring other universes to ours. The final image is a fragment of landscape reflected or merged into another backdrop, visual paradoxes within reality.

The project is international, and it's developing in extreme places on earth, where life chances are slim, because of its high dryness, UV radiation, acidity or alkalinity, low temperatures, concentrations of sulphur and salt, etc…

Scientists tell us how, about 3,800 million years, the inanimate matter that existed in our convulsed planet was able to lead to living things. Or maybe those seeds came from space, and it was meteorites and comets which inoculated life on to Earth?
This project began 3 years ago, and it is being advised in the scientific part, by Dr. Carlos Briones y el catedrático Ricardo Amils, pertenecientes al CSIC (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas) two of the leading researchers in this field .

Take a look at the tv program RTVE Tres14 about the search for life in extreme environments, in which Ricardo Amils gives us a very interesting viewpoint on the subject

WHAT ARE THE FUNS FOR?

The project consists of four stages, two of them have already done. The first one was in the Atacama Desert (Chile) because the extreme dryness and UV radiation, and Rio Tinto (Spain) for its high acidity and high concentration of heavy metals

The fund is requested for the next stage in Iceland, where there are variety of extreme environments and one next to each other: volcanoes, geysers and glaciers.

The full amount of your contributions will be for covering part of the costs of this stage in Iceland: return flights, car hire, travel on the island, mirror, maintenance, etc ...

We get an "Artist Residence" covering part of the accommodation costs.
The funding we requested cover 60% of the total, so if we get a little more, it will be great!

SCHEDULE

Realization of the project, taking pictures, during the month of September.
Edition of the photos, in October.
And in November, we will celebrate with you all, participants and sponsors, the completion of the stage in Iceland!
We will present the whole project in a premiere it in Madrid, and for the contributors who attend there, we will give them their rewards.

Thanks to everyone for being part of it!

ABOUT ME

Fernando Marcos, professor and photographer. My fields of expertise as a teacher included specialized lighting techniques, visual aesthetics, analogue photography and XIX Century photographic techniques. I has been Co-Director of the Stage Photography course at the School of Fine Arts of the Complutense University of Madrid, 2003/2004.
I have been the official photographer of the" Compañía Nacional de Danza" since 2000, setting the standard in this field of expertise. Presently I am also the official photographer of the "Orquesta y Coros Nacionales de España" and the photographer of “Teatro de Zarzuela”.
In 2002 I won the World Press Photo Award in the category of “Arts and entertainment”.
As multifaceted artist, I have been enormously inspired by paradoxes and science. My works have been presented at Photoespaña 2007, Madrid-Foto 2008, Galería EFTI, Casa de Vacas and other specialized venues while his stage photography has received world-wide acclaim. In May 2010 my works were presented during the "Work&Process" exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum of New York City with Nacho Duato.

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  • Fernando Marcos

    Fernando Marcos
    Author

    almost 5 years

    Hola Jose David.
    Claro!, podrás asistir con tu mujer sin problema.
    Os avisaremos con tiempo de la fecha y el lugar.
    Un saludo.

    Fernando

  • José David

    José David

    about 6 years

    Hola, ¿las invitaciones para asistir a la inauguración del proyecto en Madrid son dobles? Me gustaría asistir con mi mujer al evento.

  • Fernando Marcos

    Fernando Marcos
    Author

    about 6 years

    Hola Jesús.
    Ahora estamos dos días en Hafnarborg y volveremos a salir de ruta, esta vez por el norte.
    De momento tenemos todo controlado pero muchas gracias por tu ofrecimiento!.

    Un cordial saludo.
    Fernando.

  • jesus

    jesus

    about 6 years

    Hola,yo actualmente vivo en Islandia, justo en la capital Reykjavik, he revisado vuestro proyecto de fotografia y es muy interesante, tal vez podramos vernos cuando lleguen al pais, si necesitais algo de informacion avisarme , saludos

#13 / Hasta pronto Islandia / See you soon, Iceland.

Con este video nos despedimos de Islandia.
Estamos preparando otro blog privado para todos los mecenas, contando algunas anécdotas del trabajo y en el cual os mantendremos puntualmente informados de los siguientes pasos del proyecto, presentaciones, entrega de las recompensas, etc.
Ya estamos de vuelta con la satisfacción de haber podido realizar un proyecto en el cual habéis participado todos vosotros!

With this video we we say goodbye to Iceland.
We are preparing another private blog for the patrons, where we will keep you duly informed of the next steps of the project, presentations, delivery of rewards, etc..
We are already back and very happy with our work and the results, it was great to have the support of all of you!

#11 / SOLHEIMAJOKULL

Es conocido que las palabras en Islandés son complicadas, sin embargo ésta es de las fáciles: Sölheimajoküll es la lengua del glaciar Myrdalsjökull, muy cerca del volcán Eyjafjallajökull, que trajo de cabeza al espacio aéreo Europeo en 2010.
Conseguimos subir con la ayuda de Thomas, un excelente guía que nos comentaba que era la primera vez que subía con un espejo de un metro cuadrado, lo cual nos pareció extraño, pues para nosotros ya era bastante normal andar por ahí con dicho artefacto :-)

It is known that in Icelandic words are complicated, however this is the easy one Solheimajokull is Myrdalsjökull glacier tongue, near the volcano Eyjafjallajökull that caused problems in the European airspace in 2010
We got up with the help of Thomas, an excellent guide who told us it was the first time that she came up with a mirror of one square meter, which seemed odd, because for us it is quite normal to walk around with this artifact :-)

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#10 / Hielo/Ice.

Ya hemos salimos del temporal de viento y llegamos a los hielos ¡por fin! Estamos muy contentos.
Os mostramos un par de momentos durante el trabajo en la laguna glaciar Jökursalon.

We left the gale area and we are finally in the glaciar area!. We are very happy.
We want to show you a couple of videos during our working time in the Jokulsarlon glaciar lagoon.

#09 / "Si no te gusta el tiempo que hace, espera cinco minutos"

Lo que dice la camiseta refleja muy bien la climatología Islandesa, en donde "cambiante" adquiere otro significado.

Ya en el Norte, fotografiando en la zona del lago Mivatn, pasamos de un sol espléndido (según concepto Islandés) a un temporal que vino del Norte.

The T-shirt reflects very well the Icelandic weather, where "changeable" takes on another meaning.

We were shooting in the area of Mivatn Lake where, in less than 24 hours, it changed from a glorious sunshine (as Icelandic concept) to a snowstorm came from the North.

Conseguimos, con bastante dificultad, salir de esa zona justo a tiempo de que el tiempo se pusiera impracticable, no solo por la nieve sino por el viento, que soplaba lateral casi a 80km/h. Llegamos a Egilsstadir en donde nos encontramos ahora, encerrados hasta nuevo aviso, pues más adelante la carretera está cortada.

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#08 / Mañana nuevas rutas/Tomorrow new routes.

Nos vamos hoy de nuevo y no sabemos cuándo será la próxima vez que podamos tener wi-fi. Estamos preparando un nuevo blog privado, en cuanto esté listo os lo haremos saber. Parece que hay un par de días de tregua con el tiempo, a ver si hay suerte.

We are leaving now and don´t know when we´ll be in connect with wi-fi again.

bye bye!!!!

#07 / ¡GRACIAS!, lo hemos conseguido.

Hemos conseguido cumplir el límite de la financiación, muchísimas gracias a todos.
Cristina y yo hemos dedicado muchísimo esfuerzo y tiempo en sacar el proyecto adelante.
Han sido más de dos meses muy duros, pero sentir tanta cooperación colectiva, de conocidos y desconocidos ha sido muy gratificante y una experiencia inolvidable. Esperamos y creemos que no os defraudaremos pues las fotos ya están siendo, a pesar de la climatología y el viento, muy interesantes.
Desde Islandia, de nuevo, MUCHÍSIMAS GRACIAS, a los que habéis colaborado económicamente y a los que lo habéis hecho y lo estáis haciendo de otra manera.

Cristina and I have spent a lot of effort and time in taking the project forward.
It's been over two months very hard, but feel such collective cooperation, of known and unknown people has been very rewarding and memorable experience.
From Iceland, again, THANK YOU SO MUCH.

Fernando y Cristina.

#05 / Primeras rutas y primeras fotos.

Hoy por fin, después de algunos avatares que os comentaremos en el blog que estamos realizando, hemos podido organizar alguna ruta y tomar las primeras fotografías con el espejo. En la foto, el espejo-mochila "robando paisajes".

#04 / Ya estamos trabajando en terreno.

Después de muchas semanas de intensos preparativos nos encontramos ya desde hace algunos dias en Islandia. Nos hemos instalado en Hafnarborg, lo que será nuestro "campo base", el museo de arte contemporáneo de la ciudad de Hafnarfjordur, a muy pocos kilómetros de Reykiavik.

Desde aquí un fuerte abrazo a todos los que estáis colaborando en proyecto, en breve comenzaremos a desarrollar el diario del proyecto, os mantendremos informados.

#03 / DSLRMAGAZINE apoya "Vida, Origen y Multiverso".

La revista de fotografía online DSLRMAGAZINE, sin duda, la más prestigiosa y conocedora del medio, se ha convertido en principal mecenas de proyecto. Un aportación muy importante. Nos ha provisto, además, de material fotográfico fílmico de alto nivel para realizar pruebas de campo, cuyos resultados serán publicados regularmente en diferentes artículos. Muchísimas gracias!

The online photography magazine DSLRMAGAZINE, the most prestigious and about photography in Spanish language, it has become the main sponsor of the project. A very important contribution! In addition, they have provided us of photographic film high level for testing, and the results will be published regularly in different articles. Thank you so much!

#01 / Gracias por este primer empujón.

Queridos mecenas, a partir de ahora "amigos"; con vuestras aportaciones y vuestro esfuerzo por compartirlo poco a poco hemos conseguido pasar la barrera de los mil euros.

La experiencia de micro-mecenazgo está siendo agotadora pero sin duda muy gratificante. Sabemos que no son buenas fechas y que el ambiente económico tampoco facilita, pero con vuestras pequeñas y no tan pequeñas colaboraciones sin duda lo conseguiremos.

Con este dinero podremos cubrir los billetes de avión, dos espejos de 1x1 y construir una caja-embalaje para su transporte, similar a la que os muestro a continuación y que fue utilizada en Rio Tinto.

Las aportaciones económicas son importantes, pero para nosotros lo más importantes en poder compartir este proyecto con vosotros y, día a día, semana a semana poder contar la experiencia y mostrar los resultados.

10€
4 backers

We are enormously grateful to you, and we invite you to attend the presentation of the project, in Madrid in November
+ Access to the private blog of Iceland Travel Journal

20€
30 backers

I will send you 1 signed photograph of Island´s project, to choose between five. Photograph size 20 x 30 cm, on Semi-Glossy RC paper (delivery costs not included)
+ We invite you to attend the presentation of the project, in Madrid in November
+ Access to the private blog of Iceland Travel Journal

50€
35 backers

I will send you 1 signed photograph of Island´s project, to choose between five. Photograph size 20 x 30 cm, on Ilford Galerie Gold Fibre Silk baryta-paper with long-lasting pigmented inks. (delivery costs not included)
+ We invite you to attend the presentation of the project, in Madrid in November
+ Access to the private blog of Iceland Travel Journal

100€
14 left (of 25)

I will send you 1 photograph of Island´s project, to choose between 10. Photograph size 30 x 40 cm, image size 26x36 cm, signed and numbered (25 max.), on Ilford Galerie Gold Fibre Silk baryta-paper with long-lasting pigmented inks. (delivery costs not included)
+ We invite you to attend the presentation of the project, in Madrid in November
+ Access to the private blog of Iceland Travel Journal

150€
12 left (of 15)

I will send you a personal book, signed and numbered, A5 size with 30 photos of Island´s project on Ilford Lustre paper, with long-lasting pigmented inks. (delivery costs not included)
+ We invite you to attend the presentation of the project, in Madrid in November
+ Access to the private blog of Iceland Travel Journal

250€
9 left (of 10)

I will send you an Artist Box with 8 photograph of the Project. Photograph size 20 x 30 cm, on Ilford Galerie Gold Fibre Silk baryta-paper with long-lasting pigmented inks. (delivery costs not included) 
+ We invite you to attend the presentation of the project, in Madrid in November 
+ Access to the private blog of Iceland Travel Journal

500€
14 left (of 15)

I will send you a collection of 3 photos (Atacama, Spain and Island) to choose between 10, signed and numbered. Photograph size 60x40 cm, image size 55x35 cm on Ilford Galerie Gold Fibre Silk baryta-paper with long-lasting pigmented inks. (delivery costs not included)
+ We invite you to attend the presentation of the project, in Madrid in November
+ Access to the private blog of Iceland Travel Journal

600€
10 left (of 10)

I will send you a picture, mounted signed and numbered. Photograph size 87x67 cm, image size 80x60 cm, to choose between 10, on Ilford Galerie Gold Fibre Silk baryta-paper with long-lasting pigmented inks. Mounted on Aluminium (Dibond) with wood frame. (delivery costs not included)
+ We invite you to attend the presentation of the project, in Madrid in November
+ Access to the private blog of Iceland Travel Journal

900€
0 backers

COMPANIES, ENTERPRISE and SPONSOR

We will send you 20 signed photograph of Island´s project. Photograph size 20 x 30 cm, on Ilford Galerie Gold Fibre Silk baryta-paper with long-lasting pigmented inks. (delivery costs not included)
+ Stamp your LOGO in all events related whit the project like books, exhibitions, etc..
+ We invite you to attend the presentation of the project, in Madrid in November
+ Access to the private blog of Iceland Travel Journal

1.500€
3 left (of 3)

I will traveling where ever you live, in Spain or England, and I will make an exclusive portrait with a mirror similar to the project. + One copy of 1x1m + Invitation to the presentation in Madrid + Access to the private blog for patrons of the Journal of Travel to Iceland.

2.500€
2 left (of 2)

Assignment delivering exclusive original negative or a picture file and all exploitation rights forever + A copy of that image up to one meter long side. To choice betwen 10.

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