Fotomuseum Winterthur | Events | Wednesday, 21.10.2020, 19:00–20:00

Screen Walk with Mishka Henner

Mishka Henner will explore the possibility that the world we live in has been shaped by our attempts to leave Earth. But with the dreams of weightlessness and escape made possible by new technologies, new nightmares come to light. For his investigation he was inspired by the story of Sergei Krikalev. Between 1991 and 1992, Sergei Krikalev lived aboard the Soviet Union's space station Mir. During his ten-months in space, the ideological superpower that launched him into orbit ceased to exist. As Krikalev stared into the void of space, his wife in Moscow watched as the world they knew fell apart. The Walk will include a tour through found material on YouTube, Google Earth, Street View, and other online visioning tools, exploring many of Mishka's projects, working methods and ideas.

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.

Mishka Henner is a visual artist born in Belgium and living in the UK. His varied practice navigates through the digital terrain to focus on key subjects of cultural and geo-political interest. He often produces books, films, photographic, and sculptural works that reflect on cultural and industrial infrastructures in a process involving extensive documentary research combined with the meticulous reconstruction of imagery from materials sourced online.

Kindly supported by: Pro Helvetia, Swiss Arts Council