Undusting

An online exhibition made in response to NPF 568: Analogue as Meaning

DUST WEAPONS

PHILIPP BERNHARDT

Philipp Bernhardt is a Swiss-born photographer based in Toronto. He first came into contact with photography through his passion for skateboarding. Focused on capturing decisive moments from the most daring perspective, his current work revolves around themes of street photography and architecture. Philipp also uses video to explore a variety of techniques such as drone imagery and time-lapse.


Artist Statement

Dust Weapons

Dust and I are at war. I am tired of dust antagonizing me by disrupting my comfort at home. It tirelessly resurges right when I thought it would be gone forever. Dust manages to intrude into my room unnoticed, pervading the floorboards and accumulating on my belongings. It is largely out of my control and a foreign intruder that upsets my world. Dust always prevails regardless of how vehemently I fight it.

The cleaning industry gives us a glimpse of hope by offering a variety of solutions to combat dust. The dust-fighting utensils come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. They are designed to get rid of dust on different surfaces and hard-to-reach areas. However, dust always seems to be one step ahead. Dust Weapons investigates the assortment of dusters available. It also aims to show the parallels between dusters and weaponry because dusters resemble weapons in several ways. 

As with guns or swords, the design of a duster is intuitive. Dusters are meant to be gripped, identical to how you would hold a sword or a gun. Dusters are lightweight, assuring accurate aim. They are reusable but can offer interchangeable heads similar to the magazine of a gun. In lieu of bullets, the ammunition of dusters are the feathers, bristles, and microfiber ‘noodles’. These features are necessary to fight the never-ending battle with dust.

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