“Ghosts in the Machine: Finding Craft in the Digital”

falling in trees12“Technically the pictures are compiled in Photoshop so that the figures that are falling and the backgrounds are from different places. I’d also thought about combining technology and getting away from the darkroom, but still honoring elements of the craft -to take something from the history of photography and bring it into the 21st century.” – Panelist Elijah Gowin


Following the screening of “From Darkroom to Daylight” at the Altamont Theater on April 2ndphoto+craft will present a lively panel discussion moderated by respected scholar Bernard Welt at 2:30pm.  One current trend in photography is to take all forms of information, whether visual or sound-based, and convert them to 1s and 0s while pushing them through the same portal (in other words, some form of the computer screen). As a result, this process renders everything in the same experiential realm.  “Ghosts in the Machine: Finding Craft in the Digital” brings together a panel of working practioners that are not only finding visual form to the medium, but also carefully considering the ideas that surround the materiality of photography and what craft means when working with 1s and 0s.
Is it the tools, the equipment, the paraphernalia such as cameras, film, paper, chemistry, hard drives, monitors, printers, running water and the like, or is it the unique occurrence of time and light in conjunction with the interaction and engagement with a subject?  Indeed, are the tools and gadgets the true subject of photography, while what it represents just residue?  The panel will address these issues and other questions surrounding authorship, reproduction, and craft. Audience participation will be encouraged.


huckenpahler_UNLTD_press“I was an Atari kid, and even before that I consumed a steady diet of after-school Star Trek, Ultraman, and Speed Racer. Computers, like Kabbalism or Alchemy, offered the supernatural promise of wholes-greater-than-the-sum-of-their-parts. Before they were a part of my daily, waking life, they were a part of my mythology, alongside Wagnerian heroes, Japanese monsters, and animated mice. To invoke computers is to bind one’s work to unique aspects of our time; on one hand, management systems and statistical analyses which homogenize and dehumanize, and on the other, simulations that can locate hidden opportunities, new vistas.” – Panelist James Huckenpahler


There will be an accompanying exhibition with works by 9 of the photo+craft presenters at REVOLVE including the panelists, Clarissa Sigh, Harvey Wang, Courtney Dodd, Robert Asman, Clay Harmon, and Alejandro Cartagena.  For more information please click HERE.  In addition, orange space at the Cotton Mill Studios will host “Hands On”, a two person show of black and white photographs.  You can find information HERE.


Pavlovic03“I investigate photographic modes of display and possibilities of photographic representation. Expanding the photographic image beyond its frame, traditional format, and the narrative is central to my artistic strategies. In my projects, I challenge the role of the photographer in production of images, and contest the idea of the photographic moment.” – Panelist Vesna Pavlovic


– posted by photo+craft team member Colby Caldwell

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