Inside Out: Reflections on the Public and the Private - SYMPOSIUM
09 June 2012
Venue: Kings Place
Address: 90 York Way, London, N1 9AG
Disabled Access: This event has wheelchair access
Concession Price: £40
Concession discounts are offered to Full-time students, Senior Citizens, disabled and unemployed people. Please note if you purchase a concession ticket you will be asked to provide proof at the event.
This one-day event will reflect on various interpretations of the festival theme, with contributions from practitioners, academics and curators.
This year, the festival's theme is Inside Out: Reflections on the Public and the Private. Considering the role of photography as a tool for documentation, expression and collaboration, this one day event will bring together practitioners, academics and writers to discuss the theme in its broadest interpretation and will be presented by Colin Finlay from HotShoe International.
Panel discussions, lectures and slide show presentations will explore topics including:
- the social media revolution and "the new family album"
- the changing boundaries of public and private land, what this means for personal freedoms and the ways in which people inhabit these opposing spaces
- the effects and ethics of putting a very private photographic image on public display
- censorship of images
- the democratisation of visual journalism and how the public have become mass purveyors of information
- found and domestic photography in art
Sessions and talks will include:
Wasma Mansour & Olivia Arthur with Sara Davidmann: Photographing Saudi Women
Wasma Mansour and Olivia Arthur discuss the issues and negotiations they have encountered while photographying Saudi Arabian women for their recent works. Mansour's project Single Saudi Women, is on show at the Hardy Tree Gallery during the festival, and Olivia Arthur will talk about her debut publication Jeddah Diary (Fishbar, April 2012).
Personal Stories Made Public: a Firecracker Presentation
Fiona Rogers, founder of Firecracker will chair this talk with some of the Firecracker photographers - Natasha Caruana, Laura Hynd and Briony Campbell - all of whom feature in her exhibition as part of the festival. The exhibition will look at very personal work which has been relocated to the public realm and will explore notions of identity, culture, family and immersive participation.
James Bridle: The New Aesthetic
Photography is increasingly performed, and its products manipulated, by automated systems, devices and networks, from unmanned aerial vehicles, satellites and Google's Streetview cars to Instagram and Facebooks' facial recognition algorithms. What does this mean for the public, the private, and the space in between?
Antonio Olmos will present and discuss his award-winning series The Landscape of Murder, which documents the site of every murder which took place in London in the last year. He visits the crime scene usually after other press have left, recording the symbols of remembrance, occasional glimpses of forensics teams, just empty streets or passers by. This is a rare chance to hear Antonio discuss this project ahead of his book which will be published next year.
Mishka Henner will discuss his various recent projects notably Dutch Landscapes, 51 US Military Outposts, No Man's Land, and Children of the Metropolis. His presentation will focus on appropriation, data mining and the use of web-based visual technologies as a means with which to produce contemporary documentary work. Testing the boundaries between the public and private is an intrinsic aspect of these works, many of which raise important questions about image ownership at a personal and artistic level.
Artist and educator David Moore will present his ongoing photographic investigations into apparatus of the state, in particular, 28 Days for which Moore was granted unique access to Paddington Green High Security Prison where suspects are held under the Counter-Terrorism Act.
The schedule for the day:
Wasma Mansour and Olivia Arthur in conversation with Sara Davidmann
Photographing Saudi Women
The Lanscape of Murder
Acts of Sabotage and Photographic Insolence
Personal stories made public: A Firecracker presentation
with Fiona Rogers and photographers Briony Campbell, Natasha Caruana and Laura Hynd
Presenting work from Fifty-One US Military Outposts, Dutch Landscapes, No Man's Land and Children of the Metropolis
The New Aesthetic
Q&A with some of the speakers from the day, chaired by Colin Finlay
Olivia Arthur was born in London in 1980 and received a degree in Mathematics from Oxford University. She undertook a diploma at the London College of Printing and then received a scolarship to FABRICA in 2006. In 2008 she joined Magnum as a nominee and became an associate in 2011. Awards include: Vic Odden Award (2010), Laureate Photographe, Fondation Jean-Luc Lagardere (2008), OjodePez-PhotoEspana Award for Human Values (2008), National Media Museum Bursary (2007), Inge Morath Award, Magnum Photos. She has been widely exhibited internationally and her work is included in the collections of Camera Museum, Vevey, Switzerland and the National Media Museum, Bradford.
James is a publisher, writer and technologist. Since 2007 he’s maintained booktwo.org, exploring the intersections of literature and technology. A former fiction editor, he founded Bookkake, bkkeepr, and Open Bookmarks, and clients have included independent and multinational publishers, national arts organisations and digital agencies. He makes things with books and the internet, and talks about them at conferences worldwide.
Sara Davidmann is an artist/photographer and a Research Fellow in Photography at London College of Communication, University of the Arts London. Davidmann’s photography has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including Paris Photo, Basel Art Fair, ‘Somatechnics’ Sydney, ‘Transfabulous’ London, MOMA Oxford. Publications include Crossing the Line, Dewi Lewis 2003; Beyond Borders in Transgender Identities, Routledge 2010; Border Trouble, SCAN: Journal of Media, Arts, Culture 2006; trans agenda, Source 2004. Davidmann has received numerous awards for her work, most notably a Fulbright Hays scholarship, an Association of Commonwealth Universities Fellowship, a Wellcome Trust Small Grant and fourArts and Humanities Research Council awards.
Mishka Henner (b.1976, Belgium) is a photographer and artist living and working in Manchester, England. He operates in the genres of social documentary and appropriation art and embraces the self-published artist’s book as a means of transmitting his work. His work has been published and commissioned by international print media including Der Spiegel, the Independent, and the Telegraph Magazine and his artist’s book, Winning Mentality was acquired by the Tate Gallery in 2010. In the summer of 2011, he will be a featured artist representing the new age of photography at Les Rencontres d’Arles in France. Henner is a Profile photographer with Panos Pictures and is a member of the ABC Artists Book Cooperative.
Wasma Mansour was born in Jeddah Saudi Arabia in 1980. She is currently completing her practice-based Phd at the London College of Communications and is a current researcher at The Photography and Archive Research Centre (PARC). Mansour is exhibiting her long term project Single Saudi Women as part of the festival at the Hardy Tree Gallery.
David Moore is a London based photographer who has exhibited and published internationally. He has been working as a photographer and educator since graduating from West Surrey College of Art and Design, Farnham, in 1988. His work challenges and observes institutional power in different manifestations and is held in many collections. He is currently Senior Photography lecturer at Central Saint Martins College, London, having co-written the MA Photography course there. His most recent publication, The Last Things was published by Dewi Lewis in 2008. His latest photographic series, 28 days, was exhibited, for the first time, at The Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool during May and July 2011, as part of Look11.
Antonio Olmos is a Photojournalist born in Mexico, who has worked covering issues concerning Human Rghts, The Environment and Conflict. His images appeared in all the UK Broadsheet Weekend Magazines including The Observer Magazine. He has worked extensively in the Americas, The Middle East and Africa for Newspapers and Magazines around the world as leading NGOs.
© Antonio Olmos
© Mishka Henner, Frederikkazerne, The Hague. From the series Dutch Landscapes (2011)
© Wasma Mansour
© James Bridle
© Olivia Arthur
© David Moore