Fotomuseum Winterthur | Online Events | Wednesday, 15.11.2023, 19:00–20:00

Screen Walk with beck haberstroh

Generative AI companies rely on datasets that contain billions of photographs collected from across the internet. These photographs are of people – perhaps of you, I or people we love – and many of them will never know that their likeness is included in these datasets and being used to generate images, videos, text or filters for selfies. Engaging the formats of masquerade, open-ended group brainstorm, and social contract, beck haberstroh’s We are already gathered aims to transform this data back into lived relationships and explore what happens when we reclaim these alienated representations of ourselves.

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.

beck haberstroh is an interdisciplinary artist, writer and facilitator. They work in community to stage performances, photographs and gatherings that center play and subvert power. In 2022 haberstroh presented a public artwork in the City of San Diego’s Park Social Initiative with collaborator Katie Giritlian and co-authored the book Camera of Possibilities: A Workbook for a Carrier Bag Theory of Photography with Mira Dayal. They have participated in residencies and fellowships at SOMA Summer, BRIC and Outpost Artist Resources. Their work has been shown in group exhibitions at several venues, including the Institute of Contemporary Art San Diego, Small Editions, Gymnasium, Babycastles, Knockdown Center, Flux Factory, California State University Long Beach and the Wassaic Project. Their writing has been published by HereIn, Syllabus Project, imaginedTheatres and SCREEN_. haberstroh holds a B.A. from Brown University and an M.F.A. from the University of California.

Screen Walks has launched a subscription model called Folders. Via a personal folder, subscribers receive access to exclusive content such as digital artworks by the artists participating in Screen Walks. Subscribe to Folders!

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