Fotomuseum Winterthur | Online Events | Wednesday, 20.10.2021, 19:00–20:00

Screen Walk with Petra Szemán and Jamie Sutcliffe

Petra Szemán will present a virtual studio tour, going through work-in-progress files and various inspiring bits of material, ranging from academia through anime to games. Petra will be joined by writer and curator Jamie Sutcliffe. While exploring Petra’s working methods, references, storyboards and in-progress compositions, the two will talk about collaborative creativity, class, weirdness, trans-cultural exchange, fandom, a shared appreciation of animation and being a nerd in the art world.

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.

Kindly supported by: Pro Helvetia, Swiss Arts Council

Petra Szemán is an artist whose practice spans across several territories, situated at the intersection of artists’ moving image, animation and video games. Layering real life footage with 2D frame-by-frame animation and game landscapes, the work takes the form of video essays spun around the idea of the animated protagonist Yourself undertaking a pilgrimage through landscapes that have become oversaturated with fiction.

Jamie Sutcliffe is a writer, curator and co-director of Strange Attractor Press. He is the editor of Documents of Contemporary Art: Magic published by Whitechapel Gallery and The MIT Press. His writings have appeared in Art Monthly, Frieze, Rhizome, The White Review, The Quietus and others.