SITUATIONS statement

As every citizen with a smartphone, laptop or tablet knows, photography has become increasingly ‘distributed’. Driven by the vast replicative power of digital algorithms, photographs now move with tremendous speed across a wide variety of devices and platforms. Certainly, this is having an impact on practice as younger artists in particular work with a range of media and no longer easily describe themselves as photographers. In our daily work we find ourselves speaking more of the photographic than photography, of photographic media, rather than the medium.

Convinced that Fotomuseum Winterthur needs to react decisively and more quickly to these changes within photographic culture, we launched the new exhibition format titled SITUATIONS on 10 April 2015. The role of SITUATIONS is to define Fotomuseum Winterthur’s vision of what photography is becoming, at the same time offering an innovative integration of physical exhibition space and virtual forum. Using tags and clusters as a mode of curatorial classification the aim is to integrate the real and the virtual in relation to exhibition in a new way.

Numbered consecutively, a SITUATION may last a few hours, or two months, and might be photographic imagery, a film, a text, an online interview, a screenshot, a photo-book presentation, a projection, a Skype lecture, a performance etc. It might take place in Winterthur or perhaps in São Paulo or Berlin and be streamed on our website. The idea is to construct a constantly growing archive of SITUATIONS, reframing the idea of exhibition in relation to new technologies and both our local and global audiences.

In 2018, SITUATIONS will trace the mechanisms of technical infrastructures and address the ways in which circulating images garner attention (To look is to labor). We will explore the social impact of exposure and surveillance (Follower) as well as the boundaries between the photographic and the posthuman. Our exhibition space in Winterthur will also be transformed into a temporary experimental laboratory inviting collaborative interdisciplinary research to encourage and stimulate dialogue between the arts and the sciences.

SITUATIONS/Post Fail
until 04.02.2018

SITUATIONS/Infrastructure
from 09.02.2018

SITUATIONS/Follower
from 27.04.2018

SITUATIONS/Posthuman
from 06.07.2018

SITUATIONS/Lab
from 21.09.2018

SITUATIONS/To look is to labor
from 07.12.2018