Fotomuseum Winterthur | Online Events | Wednesday, 01.03.2023, 19:00–20:00

Screen Walk with Joan Fontcuberta

In his Screen Walk Joan Fontcuberta will unveil a post-photographic practice to adopt when images dematerialise. Digital technology, the Internet, mobile phones and social networks present a new scenario of visual saturation and the frenzied circulation of images. Mourning for the lost materiality leads us to vindicate the terrible beauty of wounds and scars, traumas and the blows that life has inflicted on images. How can we cling to what remains of the object in the photograph? Maybe by eating it. If the photograph can be eaten, it is because it still has material substance. So, let's praise ‘photophagy’!

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.

For five decades of prolific dedication to photography, Joan Fontcuberta (b. 1955, Barcelona) has developed a both artistic and theoretical activity, which focuses on the conflicts between nature, technology, photography and truth. He has authored several books on aspects of history, aesthetics and the epistemology of photography. In 2013 he received the Hasselblad Award and in 2020 was entitled Doctor Honoris Causa by the Université Paris VIII. His work has been shown at several locations including MoMA, the Art, MNAC, Maison Européenne de la Photographie, the Science Museum and Museum Angewandte Kunst.

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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