Trafficking images: histories and theories of photographic transmission
The Power Institute for Art and Visual Culture and the Art Gallery of NSW co-present the Gallery’s major academic event for 2015.
The Trafficking images photography symposium features Australian and international scholars at the vanguard of photographic history and theory, as well as contemporary artists.
Held in conjunction with the exhibition The photograph and Australia, the symposium addresses a key aspect of the medium of photography: its apparent ability to move effortlessly and pervasively through physical and virtual worlds. The photograph is defined by its capacity for reproduction, repetition and dissemination; even unique objects like daguerreotypes and ambrotypes have travelled around the world as mementos, records and evidence.
Trafficking images implies both licit and illicit activities in the making, movement and consumption of these objects, raising questions about the histories that photographic images actually relate and how we might fulfil the destiny of this ubiquitous medium.
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Speakers and papers
Michael Brand, director, Art Gallery of NSW
Introduction to The photograph and Australia
Judy Annear, senior curator, photographs, Art Gallery of NSW
‘In struggle united’: Heartfield, Zhitomirsky and socialist satirical photomontage after the 1930s
Erika Wolf, associate professor, Department of History and Art History, University of Otago, Dunedin
Circulating new knowledge: photography and the reframing of imperial science
Kathleen Davidson, independent scholar, The University of Sydney
Patrick Pound, Melbourne-based artist whose collaborative work (with Rowan McNaught) The compound lens project (2014–15) is on display in The photograph and Australia
What’s been stopping the traffic?
Helen Ennis, director, Centre for Art History and Art Theory, Australian National University School of Art
Modern and contemporary Korean photography: North and south
Keum Hyun Han, independent curator and chief researcher, Asian Culture Information Agency, Asian Cultural Complex, Gwangju
Frontier vignettes: the legacy of Tommy McRae
Jonathan Jones, Kamilaroi/Wiradjuri artist
Image trafficking and containerisation
Helen Grace, research associate, Department of Gender and Cultural Studies, The University of Sydney and Sydney College of the Arts
Double displacement: photography and its ghosts
Geoffrey Batchen, professor, School of Art History, Classics and Religious Studies, Victoria University of Wellington
Chaired by Donna West Brett, Power Institute for Art and Visual Culture, The University of Sydney
Image: Unknown photographer Australian scenery, Middle Harbour, Port Jackson c1865 (detail) carte de visite, 5.8 × 8.6 cm, Art Gallery of NSW, gift of Josef & Jeanne Lebovic, Sydney 2014