Screen Walk with Roc Herms
Roc Herms will lead a tour of his favourite virtual worlds and share his practice of screenshot-based photo reportages. Viewers are given the opportunity to engage with the artist, learn about screenshotting techniques and discover alternative online spaces for social exchange and interaction.
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.
In 1978 Gary Thurek and his assistant Carl Gartley sent the first mass email with advertising purposes, reaching 393 users at the Advanced Research Projects Agency Network (called the ARPANET), unaware that they just sent the first example of what would later be known as SPAM. That same year, over 9000 kilometres away, Roc Herms was born in Spain. 28 years later he discovers photography as a tool to learn and he manages to combine it with his interest in the Internet, video games and parallel realities: showing his passion for technology and the need to take a step further in photographic practice. Postcards From Home and , his two long-term projects published in book form, try to shed some light on the life we live inside the computer. Hacer Pantallazo is an intimate diary made with screenshots, a capture process that he ends up understanding as the ultimate step on photography’s digitalisation. His work has been exhibited in From Here On, Centre d’Arts Santa Monica, Spain and Photography 2.0, Circulo de Bellas Artes, Spain both curated by Joan Fontcuberta, as well as in the Noorderlicht Photo Festival, TheNetherlands, Platine Festival, Germany, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland, Hammer Museum, USA, CCCB, Spain and Les Rencontres d’Arles, France.