Fotomuseum Winterthur | Online Events | Wednesday, 01.11.2023, 19:00–20:00

Screen Walk with Maya Man

This Screen Walk with artist Maya Man will provide a behind-the-scenes look at the development and online life of her browser extension Glance Back. Glance Back is a daily photo diary capturing the moments shared between you and your computer. With this extension installed, once a day at random when you open a new tab, Glance Back will quickly snap a photo of you and inquire: “What are you thinking about?” The photo and recorded thoughts are collectively saved, creating an archive of moments you share with your screen. First released in 2018, Glance Back now has over ten thousand daily users worldwide. In this session, Maya Man will discuss the browser extension as an artistic medium, ideas around authenticity online and her reflections on this ongoing networked performance practice.

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.

Artist Maya Man is focused on contemporary identity culture on the internet and is the creator of the browser extension Glance Back and the Art Blocks curated collection FAKE IT TILL YOU MAKE IT. Her websites, generative series and installations examine dominant narratives around femininity, authenticity and the performance of self online. Man holds BA degrees in Computer Science and Media Studies from Pomona College and an MFA in Media Art from UCLA. Her work has been exhibited internationally at bitforms gallery, SOOT, Vellum LA, Power Station of Art and Feral File and has been featured in Art in America, Forbes, Zora Zine, Dirt, Various Artists and more.

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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