[artinfo] Call for Papers: Photography at the 21st Century

daniel rubinstein fantabulosa at gmail.com
Tue Feb 3 18:53:57 CET 2015

Call for Papers:

    21st century photography: art, philosophy, technique

    5-6 June 2015

    Central Saint Martins
    University of the Arts London
    Granary Building
    Granary Square
    King's Cross
    N1C 4AA

    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
    contemporary culture.

    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 [1]photoconference at csm.arts.ac.uk by 10/03/2015.

    Selected conference papers will be published in a special issue of the
    journal [2]Philosophy of Photography.


    1. mailto:photoconference at csm.arts.ac.uk
    2. http://www.intellectbooks.co.uk/journals/view-Journal,id=186/

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