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Other Earth Archives

Other Earth Archives OEA_100049B7. 2018. archival pigment print. 20 x 24" In this edition, an archivist from the future excavates artifacts from an alternate planet. The archivist pieces together visual content presented as arrangements in trompe l’oeil view that reveal the ecology, inhabitants, behaviors, and physical laws that govern terrain free of human presence.

VEGA Project Bio-MYNE

VEGA Project Bio-MYNE. 2016. installation, video performance from live stream. 4 min. 32 sec. This performance was originally presented as a one hour live stream from a remote location. The performance includes rituals and horticultural activities conducted by Madam VEGA, cyborg and bio-pirate belonging to an ongoing fictional narrative on an other earth planet.

The Adventures of the Investigator & Madame VEGA (Measuring a Mountain)

The Adventures of the Investigator & Madam VEGA (Measuring a Mountain). 2016-present. video performance series. 1 min. 33 sec. From October 2016 to January 2017, I conducted a four month stint of travel in the Arctic Circle during the period of darkness, when the sun sinks below the horizon. During this time, I wandered remote landscapes where I began to develop a fantastical narrative.

Figure 32.

Figure 32. 2014. diptych; archival pigment prints. 24 x 30" each The diptych is part of a collection of photography that present images of 'Other Earths' or invented landscapes. The images are artifacts that explore geological time on an ambiguous future past universe. The images are created through an invented process of mechanically layering imagery from color negative, non-camera, and experimental darkroom processes into compositions of the fantastic.

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About Rachel

Baltimore City

Rachel Guardiola is an interdisciplinary artist and naturalist. Her practice investigates the intersection of art, science, and human curiosity to seek the unknown through lens based technology. Rachel is a 2016-2018 Hamiltonian Artist Fellow and Studio Resident at School 33 Art Center. She has exhibited internationally with List í Ljósi Festival, Sydney College of the Arts, Dakar Biennale de l’Art Contemporain, RISD Cenci Gallery, Light City Baltimore, Artscape, Washington Project for the Arts,... more

Other Earth Archives

2018-present. archival pigment prints. 20 x 24”. Works in Progress

In this edition, an archivist from the future excavates artifacts from an alternate planet. The archivist pieces together visual content presented as arrangements in trompe l’oeil view that reveal the ecology, inhabitants, behaviors, and physical laws that govern terrain free of human presence. The edition is an ongoing archeology constructed through surrealistic photo montage techniques that combine film, digital negatives, object, text, photogram, and scientific vernacular into fantastical compositions that tell a history of the universe.

The Adventures of the Investigator & Madam VEGA

2016-present. video performance series

From October 2016 to January 2017, I conducted a four month stint of travel in the Arctic Circle during the period of darkness, when the sun sinks below the horizon. During this time, I wandered remote landscapes where I began to develop a fantastical narrative. The video performances exhibit different time traveling characters that explore an alternate planetary environment prompted by sensorial responses to the environment that occurred during the act of physical exploration. Characters perform different activities based upon their own specialized mode of understanding the universe through sense and logic. Since the initial visit, I have returned and continue to work at specific sites on this ongoing project.

A Hand Without a Horizon is Taller than its Other

2016-17. 8 mm film digitized, performance. 3 min. 55 sec.

A Hand Without a Horizon is Taller than its Other is a film compiled from footage captured while exploring on foot the Arctic Circle. The film follows the discoveries of a time traveling investigator as they explore an unknown planet, utilizing the lens to switch between first person perspective and that of an objective onlooker observing the desolate panoramic landscape. The film is digitized and displayed on a CRT television alongside an edition of photographic prints that explore the sites in the film.

VEGA Project Bio-MYNE

2016. Installation, video performance from live stream. 4 min. 32 sec.

This performance was originally presented as a one hour live stream from a remote location. The performance includes rituals and horticultural activities conducted by Madam VEGA, cyborg and bio-pirate belonging to an ongoing fictional narrative on an other earth planet.

Archeologies of VEGA's Garden

2018-present. chromogenic color prints (darkroom prints). 20 x 24”

These images display horticultural glimpses of various flora in Madam VEGA’s garden. The images are made by transforming a living greenhouse set into views of an otherworldly forest through multiple exposure, additive color mixing, and experimental color darkroom processes. Madam VEGA is a horticultural pirate and keeper of a hidden garden where she is re-propagating extinct species on a desolate planet.

Cryptoflora Viewing Boxes

2017-18. video, viewing boxes, essences from an other earth

Four viewing stations offer glimpses into the propagation room and workstation of Madam VEGA. The videos are made barely accessible and are positioned at different heights to give off the feeling of observing something hidden, or peering at acts done in secrecy. Aromas of fantastical plants subject to experimentation can be smelled from within.

Other Earths

2014-16. chromogenic color prints. dimensions variable

Other Earths is a collection of photography functioning as artifacts that explore an ambiguous future past universe. Color negative, non-camera, and experimental darkroom processes combine different imagery into invented compositions of other planetary landscapes.

  • Figure 32

    2014. archival pigment print. 24 x 30"
  • Figure 32

    2014. archival pigment print. 24 x 30"
  • Specimen #2518

    2014. archival pigment print. 27 1/2 x 40"
  • Terrain IV

    2014. unique chromogenic color print (darkroom print). 8 x 10"
  • Terrain V

    2014. unique chromogenic color print (darkroom print). 8 x 10"
  • Terrain VI

    2014. unique chromogenic color print (darkroom print). 8 x 10"
  • Terrain X

    2014. archival pigment print. 24 x 30"
  • Terrain IX

    2014. archival pigment print. 24 x 30"
  • Terrain VII

    2014. unique chromogenic color print (darkroom print). 8 x 10"
  • Terrain XI

    2016. unique chromogenic color print (darkroom print). 24 x 30"

Into the Zone (Anthology of Accounts & Findings)

2015. 16 mm film, video, projection, hand cranked optical soundtrack, vitrines, objects. 5 min. 30 sec.

The projection is adapted to the architecture of each site to create an immersive environment.
The projection is presented with objects and text that function as signifiers to the landscape in the film. The objects in vitrines are situated between the projection source and wall to obstruct the pathway of light. As a result silhouettes are cast upon the projection and imagery from the projection is dispersed around the space to create an environment for the narrative to be experienced. The work at large is activated by the viewer as they physically navigate and piece together clues that unfold the history. The physical act of exploration plays a significant role in my practice, utilizing the mechanical functions of the camera to mimic the means in which the body relates to its environment. The perspective, sequence, and rhythm in which technology is used, relates back to a reference point of the universal onlooker navigating an future past topography.

Isle of Caprona

2014. 16 mm film. 3 min. 39 sec.

This full length film contains original and appropriated 16 mm film that is spliced together and treated with a variety of mark-making, paint, and alternative darkroom chemistry. The camera presents a first person perspective of the alien other examining a fantastical landscape neither before or after human civilization. Inspired by the novel The Land that Time Forgot by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Caprona is identified as a lost island where every stage of evolution occurs at once. Analog formats are used based upon my interest in the transformation of substances, and ability for them to reference shifting periods of time; materials that reference the past, while also holding a possibility to withstand digital remnants in the future.

The Last Secret Water Room

2015. unique chromogenic color prints . 8 x 10" each


In a light tight room a series of images of utopian landscapes were projected with a combination of choreographed. Different sized homemade pin hole cameras were placed inside the room. Each containing color photo sensitive paper, a series of exposures from 5 to 25 min. were made. The recorded projections create new compositions that materialize through the magic of photography. The series is inspired by a scene in the Dune trilogy by Frank Herbert where a seer contemplates the temptation of a hidden paradise in midst of a planet surrounded by desert wasteland.

  • Pin-Hole #1

    2015. unique chromogenic color print. 8 x 10"
  • Pin-hole #2

    2015. unique chromogenic color print. 8 x 10"
  • Pin-hole #3

    2015. unique chromogenic color print. 8 x 10"
  • Pin-hole #4

    2015. unique chromogenic color print. 8 x 10"
  • Pin-hole #5

    2015. unique chromogenic color print. 8 x 10"
  • Pin-hole #6

    2015. unique chromogenic color print. 8 x 10"
  • Pin-hole #7

    2015. unique chromogenic color print. 8 x 10"
  • Pin-hole #8

    2015. unique chromogenic color print. 8 x 10"

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