Fotomuseum Winterthur | Online Events | Wednesday, 21.04.2021, 19:00–20:00

Screen Walk with Anna Ehrenstein

Travelling in the time of coronavirus can be complicated and it’s been a while since “where should I travel to next?” has felt like a question within reach.

Dream no further, artist Anna Ehrenstein will take the audience to the orientalist lands of Tripadvisor, Airbnb and Turbosquid to look at the ways these platforms and the images they reproduce, distribute and rank the algorithmic perpetuation of ways the Other is formed today.

Based on an introduction to Ehrenstein’s work cycle A Lotus Is A Lotus the artist will examine how phenomena like generalization, exotification or a patronizing perspective towards a cultural group are embodied and become a corporeal quality. Keep your login data handy, it’s time to visit an imagined Orient, Gizeh and the British Museum.

In Screen Walks, a series of live-streamed explorations of digital spaces, selected artists and researchers investigate artistic strategies taking place online. The project gives an insight into practices using the screen as a medium. From re-contextualising pictures found on online marketplaces and uncovering data brokers’ invisible circulation of images to analysing in-game photography and the social, political and economic implications of games – Screen Walks examines various approaches, offers a behind-the-scenes look at artists’ work and uncovers new, current and forgotten digital spaces. Screen Walks is a collaboration between The Photographers’ Gallery in London and Fotomuseum Winterthur.

Anna Ehrenstein works in transdisciplinary artistic practice with an emphasis on research and mediation. She is using print, video, installation, social moments or sculpture to reverberate the intersections and divergences of high and low cultures and their socio-economic and bio-political constitutions. Raised and living between Germany and Albania, realities and reflections around migration-related visual culture, diasporic narrations, networked images and the class hierarchy of pixels form main foci due to her own intercultural experiences.

Kindly supported by: Pro Helvetia, Swiss Arts Council