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AGM CONVERSATIONS, London, UK – Part 3 2014 by Alfredo Cramerotti

AGM CONVERSATIONS, London, UK – Part 3  2014

talk, seminar, debate

On Expansion: Photography's Status in a Digital World

Roundtable Discussion, part of the AGM Conversation Series
21 January 2014

Department of Digital Humanities
King’s College London
Seminar Room, 2nd Floor, 26-29 Drury Lane, London WC2B 5RL

On Expansion is a closed-door discussion/workshop led by curator Alfredo Cramerotti (Director, MOSTYN) in partnership with artist/researcher Michael Takeo Magruder (DDH, KCL) that will attempt to unpack certain aspects of the status of photography in an increasingly digital world.

The event focuses on two lines of enquiry, namely: What is photography’s ontological status in the world today when thought in relationship to the omnipresence of the digital image and video? How does this (digital) photographic moment in the history of image-making change the methodology of artistic and curatorial inquiries, their value, and their justification? Discussion topics for the event include:

• how the visual translations of ideas through various networked social systems have a major impact on our artistic and curatorial practices; it will examine how - now - images are made, distributed, recycled or found; and how curators are curating contemporary artists using new technology to reflect upon its meaning today (e.g. Instagram and Pinterest curating; mass media curating; artistic approaches to online-based photography; etc.)

• how the artistic and curatorial act of making, manipulating, distributing and ‘digesting’ pictures is hybridized by devices like mobile phones, tablets and computers but, also, glasses and game consoles (e.g. how networked technological systems determine what we artistically produce, what we curatorially mediate, and what we ‘absorb’ as audience)

Inviting specialists and practitioners from diverse backgrounds, On Expansion looks at the ways in which conceptions about photography, art, digital practices and curating are in flux, and how these shifts - particularly in the artistic production and curatorial presentation of photography - can engender new ways of thinking about archives, collections, exhibitions and display.


Alfredo Cramerotti
Writer and Curator
Director, MOSTYN; Head Curator, APT Artist Pension Trust; Editor in Chief, Critical Photography series, Intellect Books; Research Scholar, eCPR European Centre for Photography Research, University of South Wales +

Michael Takeo Magruder
Artist and Researcher
Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London +


Anna Bentkowska-Kafel
Lecturer in Digital Art History
Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London

Andrew Prescott
Professor of Digital Humanities and Head of Department
Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London

Anna Reading
Professor of Culture & Creative Industries and Head of Department
Departments of Culture, Media & Creative Industries, King's College London

Gillian Youngs
Professor of Digital Economy
School of Art, Design and Media in the Faculty of Arts, University of Brighton

Marialaura Ghedini
Research Scholar
CRUMB (Research Unit into the Curating of New Media), University of Sunderland +

Gair Dunlop
Programme Director Time Based Art and Digital Film
University of Dundee

Session Recording:

Emma Puente
Film & Video Production