Creative Arts and Design > Photography]
Building on my earlier work ´Lovers, Liars and Laughter´ and its investigation into the different readings of an ´Inverted Mask´, I am currently looking at depictions of the White Face as a visual trope with many incantations and invocations echoing across time and space. Just as remnants from mystical figures – such as ghosts, mimes, death masks, Mephistopheles – are present in everyday street encounters, we experience the presence of the white face in different imagery, connecting traces of our subconscious with phantoms, symbolic images and figures from all times. Accordingly, this research is a form of sighting, archiving and re-disseminating photographic images that are in many ways ´haunted´ by themselves. I am particularly interested in what I call ´photographic latency´, describing an imaginary composite made of the image and the viewer´s encounter with it.
|Type of Research:||Conference, Symposium or Workshop Item (Paper)|
|Additional Information (Publicly available):|
Contemporary art shows renewed interest in ‘lost’, ‘obsolete’, and ‘archaic’ visual media forms and the illusion-producing processes of the past—for example: the camera obscura, the magic lantern, stereoscopy, Victorian stage illusion, shadowgraphy, optical toys, the panorama and stylised period representations such as the imagery of spiritualism, automatic writing, audio-technologies and early photographic techniques.
Co-organised by the Magic Lantern Society and the IMCC—in the wake of 2009-10’s popular public lecture series, Professor Pepper’s Ghost, at the University of Westminster—Old Media / New Work will provide a forum at which artists working with or around such ‘lost’ concepts and technologies can come together to show, discuss, and explore their own work in context of these past techniques, their contemporary relevance, and their future possibilities. The conference will also be documented and continued by a new Wordpress website that will allow participants to upload images, texts and comments.
|Keywords/subjects not otherwise listed:||White(ned) face, cultural history, obsolete media, photography, latency, inverted mask|
|Your affiliations with UAL:||Colleges > London College of Communication|
|Date:||01 May 2010|
|Copyright Holders:||© 2011 The Institute for Modern and Contemporary Culture|
|Event Location:||London, UK|
|Projects or Series:||Research Outputs Review (April 2010 - April 2011)|
|Deposited By:||Prerna Bhatt|
|Deposited On:||02 Nov 2011 14:52|
|Last Modified:||02 Nov 2011 14:52|