Generation X: photography and materialism
Lecture by Geoffrey Batchen
Many younger artists make work that reflects on the conventions, even the very physicality, of the photograph. In this presentation, Professor Geoffrey Batchen will seek to place this tendency within a broader history of photographic practices, and relate such work to the debates about materialism that currently preoccupy scholars in philosophy and the sciences. The aim of this talk will be to imagine a critical capacity for a newly activated photographic materialism.
Writer and curator Geoffrey Batchen teaches art history at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand, specialising in the history of photography. He is an expert in the general theory and historiography of photography and has helped to pioneer the study of vernacular photography. His publications include Burning with desire: the conception of photography, Each wild idea: writing, photography, history, Forget me not: photography and remembrance, William Henry Fox Talbot and Suspending time: life, photography, death. He has also edited Photography degree zero: reflections on Roland Barthes’s camera lucida and co-edited Picturing atrocity: photography in crisis. He is the curator of the 2016 exhibition Emanations: the art of the cameraless photograph at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery in New Zealand and the author of the accompanying book.
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Image: Deb Mansfield (Swinging) I am trying to quieten my love for you 2015 from the series Avoiding and courting collision, Art Gallery of New South Wales © Deb Mansfield. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney