[artinfo] Call for Papers: Photography at the 21st Century
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Call for Papers:
21st century photography: art, philosophy, technique
5-6 June 2015
Central Saint Martins
University of the Arts London
This trans-disciplinary conference aims to explore a series of themes
that emerge from the understanding of contemporary photography as the
basic unit of visual communication of the age of technology: online,
off-line and between the lines.
The aim is to bridge the gap between aesthetic, philosophical and
technological approaches to the photographic image and to prompt
participants from different backgrounds (fine art, critical theory,
philosophy, software/hardware) to engage with each other and to open
new avenues for the critical interrogation of the roles of images in
In the past decade, photography has gained momentum in public and
private environments becoming one of the determining factors of
contemporary life. The hyper-growth in various forms of digital imagery
for screens provides a quintessential example. The triumph of the
photographic image as the internally eloquent and profoundly apt
expression of computational culture also provides a new philosophical
lens upon which to investigate how representation affects norms of
meaning-creation, and the ethical and political consequences of the
acceptance of images as purveyors of truth.
In light of such dynamics, 21st century photography: art, philosophy,
technique seeks to address the re-birth of photography from a diversity
of visual narratives and from the strange roles images get to perform
in the digital moment.
Possible themes may include, but not limited to:
o Situating photography within the framework of contemporary philosophy
o The aesthetics of repetition, reproduction and copy
o The political implications of visual practices
o New theoretical models for assessing contemporary image culture
o Duration and temporality of the `still' image
o Sensorial and bodily experience of photography
o Photography and the post-human
o Theoretical dimensions of the idea of `representation'
o Data, information and algorithms in the visual field
o Archiving and curating the immaterial image
o Augmented reality and immersive visual environments
o Non-visual dimensions of photography
500-word abstracts for 20-minute presentations should be sent to Dr
Daniel Rubinstein at photoconference at csm.arts.ac.uk by 10/03/2015.
Selected conference papers will be published in a special issue of the
journal Philosophy of Photography.
1. mailto:photoconference at csm.arts.ac.uk
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