Fotomuseum Winterthur | Online Events | Wednesday, 09.03.2022, 19:00–20:00

Screen Walk With Sheung Yiu

Since 2019, Sheung Yiu has been working with Finnish remote sensing researchers – following them on field trips to forest plots and interviewing them about their ‘forest reflectance model’ and the datasets they use to construct it. Researchers use this model to look into how light enters the forest and reflects back to satellites, to retrieve information about the landscape beyond what is visible on the image. In this Screen Walk, the artist will take the audience on a desktop tour through folders of scientists’ datasets. Interweaving archives, photographic artworks and exhibition documentation, the talk will explore how to see the invisible, while reflecting on a computer-aided vision that is becoming ever more abstract.

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

Sheung Yiu (HK/FI) is a Hong-Kong-born, image-centered artist and researcher, based in Helsinki. His artwork explores the act of seeing through algorithmic models and sense-making through networks of images. His research interests concern the increasing complexity and agency of computer-generated imagery in contemporary digital culture. He looks at photography through the lens of new media, scales and network thinking.