Fotomuseum Winterthur | Online Events | Wednesday, 05.10.2022, 19:00–20:00

Screen Walk with Mario Santamaría

Mario Santamaría will take the audience on a discovery tour of Google's mapping programmes. In his Screen Walk, he will present works in which he uses the programmes to crawl through walls or to follow underwater cables. In doing so, he will reflect on the connection between material infrastructures and online platforms. Finally, Santamaría will ask the viewers to help him with his project to become an officially recognised Google Street View Trusted Photographer.

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.

Mario Santamaría (*1985) is a visual artist and university professor. In recent years his work focuses on tactics to embody distribution protocols, performing actions such as physically travelling to his website by repeating the data path; going for beers around the city as a Google algorithm or founding a tour operator based on the physical infrastructure of the Internet.

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. Discover Folders here!

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