Study networked photography, in four questions asked to the faculty

29 Apr 2024
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A Life of Its Own, Sara Bezovsek

Who killed photography? What is your favorite meme? What is a practice or phenomenon in contemporary visual art and culture that is underestimated? What adjective would you choose to add in front of “photography” (e.g. post-, expanded, virtual) to define the current forms in which the medium has been transformed today?

The faculty of the Master in Algorithmic and Networked Photography answers these questions to learn more details about the new programme that begins this September: from image models generated by artificial intelligence to screenshots, from CGI to Photoshop, from VR to in-game photography, image-making practices and ways of experiencing visual art have created a vast and rich territory, explored by contemporary artists, photographers, curators, researchers, technologists and designers. The new master’s degree explores the role of photography, digital images and online visual culture.

Simone C Niquille
What’s your favourite meme?

Shrek’s cringe compilation.

Who killed photography?

Dead? Look! It’s moving. It’s alive. It’s alive… It’s alive, it’s moving, it’s alive, it’s alive, it’s alive, it’s alive, IT’S ALIVE!

What is a practice or phenomenon in contemporary visual art and culture that is underestimated?

Fanfiction, always. It’s experiencing a renaissance of sorts with apps such as ShortTv.

What adjective would you choose to add in front of “photography” (e.g. post-, expanded, virtual) to define the current forms in which the medium has been transformed today?

Computational.

Katrina Sluis
What’s your favourite meme?
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Who killed photography?

Kate Middleton.

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What is a practice or phenomenon in contemporary visual art and culture that is underestimated?

Chimping, Flickr, metadata, computational propaganda.

What adjective would you choose to add in front of “photography” (e.g. post-, expanded, virtual) to define the current forms in which the medium has been transformed today?

Zombie Photography.

Bani Brusadin
What’s your favourite meme?

I have a soft spot for deep fried / nuked memes. My internectual brain
would object and say verbose memes! But the deep, “What-I-think-I-do”
answer would be: anything memetic that doesn’t look like a meme.

Who killed photography?

Say what? It’s livelier than ever!

What is a practice or phenomenon in contemporary visual art and culture that is underestimated?

It’s complicated. The investigative aesthetics and the image as
interface, whose multilayered nature is often flattened. Oh, and also
pictures of ghosts and black holes.

What adjective would you choose to add in front of “photography” (e.g. post-, expanded, virtual) to define the current forms in which the medium has been transformed today?

Alien photography.

Roc Herms
What’s your favourite meme?

One of my favorites memes – or at least one I will never forget – is the 9/11 tourist guy, a photo of a man standing on top of the twin towers with an airplane flying towards the building which then turned out to be a manipulated image. The first time I saw it was so impactful.

Who killed photography?

Photography hasn’t died but it has undergone such a significant transformation that it may be difficult to recognize it. Photography has been fully digitized leaving behind silver halides, photographic paper, and even the camera itself. This has allowed photography to go beyond being an artistic practice and become a universal language.

What is a practice or phenomenon in contemporary visual art and culture that is underestimated?

Machinima is pretty underrated, given the amount of freedom and possibilities that it gives someone who wants to make a film. We don’t need expensive equipment; we can play with the laws of physics and have at our disposal any type of scenario or location we can imagine. While chroma keying allowed filmmakers to insert actors into virtual backgrounds, machinima takes this concept further using entire virtual worlds as a photographic playground. This leap in technology not only democratizes filmmaking but also revolutionizes storytelling by offering unparalleled creative freedom.

What adjective would you choose to add in front of “photography” (e.g. post-, expanded, virtual) to define the current forms in which the medium has been transformed today?

I believe we could finally talk about digital photography, after many years of using this term without “photography” being entirely digital. We had digitized the tools we used to capture light, yes, as well as the medium and the support where our images lived afterwards, but what we photographed still belonged to the physical world. For me, the definitive digitization of photography lies in the possibility of capturing what we see on the screen we live in.