Shadow without Object: Symposium

Giacomo Raffaelli, still from 'With a Relative Uncertainty', 2014, high definition video, 7min45sec. Courtesy of the artist.

04 Dec 2015

9.30am to 6pm

The symposium 'Shadow without Object' considers emerging photographic technologies against a wider historical context of overlooked and marginalised practices, exploring in particular one of the medium's long-held and contentious theoretical tenets which describes the physical relationship between a photograph and its subject – the index. 


Bringing together new research from across the visual arts, particle physics and conservation studies, the symposium addresses renewed interest in photographic indexicality, reconsidering ideas around materiality, subjectivity and realism in light of emerging imaging processes and their historical contexts. Challenging linear histories of photography, the contributions at this event promise to open up photography's technical and conceptual operations beyond narrow dichotomies of past/future, analogue/digital and light/matter.

Speakers include Peter Geimer, Michael Doser, Daniel Rubinstein, Jananne Al-Ani, Sam Burford, Giacomo Raffaelli, Louisa Minkin, Betty Sacher, Duncan Wooldridge and Bernd Behr.


Keynote Presentations 

Peter Geimer

The Accident is Original: On Photographic Apparitions 

Michael Doser 

Seeing Antimatter Disappear 




Jananne Al-Ani

View from Above: Latent Images in the Landscape 

Bernd Behr 

Akeley in the Elephant Skull: Trajectory of a Taxidermic Image 

Sam Burford 

Searching for Traces of the Indexical within Synthetically Rendered Imagery 

Louisa Minkin 

Photosculpture: A Sum of the Profiles 

Giacomo Raffaelli

Non-standard Uncertainties: Experiments in the Current Visual Conditions of the Kilogram Standards 

Daniel Rubinstein 

Graven Images: Photography after Heidegger, Lyotard and Deleuze

Betty Sacher

Managing Change to Collections using Microfadeometry 

Duncan Wooldridge 

Some Notes on a New Realism: Relocating Representation in the Technical Image 



Speaker Biographies


Jananne Al-Ani is an artist and Senior Research Fellow at the London College of Communication. Her work explores the impact of photography, flight and the technologies of modern warfare on the representation of contested landscapes. 


Bernd Behr is an artist and Lecturer in photography at Camberwell College of Arts. His practice uses photography, moving image and sculpture to insert itself into historical junctures of image cultures and the built environment.  


Sam Burford is an artist and PhD candidate at Chelsea College of Arts. His work deals with representations of cinematic time, introducing a malleable physical engagement with the normally intangible experience of cinema. 


Dr. Michael Doser is a research physicist at CERN, the European Center for Nuclear Research in Geneva, Switzerland. He is working on a project using traditional photochemical emulsion to observe the gravitational behaviour of antimatter across three dimensional space. 


Professor Dr. Peter Geimer is Director of the Department of Art History at Freie Universität Berlin. He has published extensively on photography and the cultural histories of photographic materiality. 


Louisa Minkin is an artist and Course Leader for MA Fine Art at Central Saint Martins. Her research interests involve technical histories and include a collaborative project with archaeologists at the University of Southampton to develop innovative uses for 3D technologies. 


Giacomo Raffaelli is an artist and researcher based in Milan. His practice operates across film, installation and lecture-performance to explore the peripheries of scientific research. 


Dr. Daniel Rubinstein is an artist, writer and Course Leader for MA Photography at Central Saint Martins. He has published widely on the philosophical implications of emerging imaging cultures and is co-editor of the journal Philosophy of Photography. 


Betty Sacher works in the field of museum conservation, currently based at University College London Institute for Sustainable Heritage and the Wellcome Library. Her research concerns the impact of different lighting intensities on the long term stability of artefacts. 


Duncan Wooldridge is an artist, writer, curator and Course Leader for BA Photography at Camberwell College of Arts. His practice employs strategies of appropriation and interruption at the site of photographic reproduction. 


Presented by the Photography Department, Camberwell College of Arts in collaboration with Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon (CCW) Graduate School 


Open to all staff, students and members of the general public.

Tickets: Non-student £12 | Student £8

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Image: Giacomo Raffaelli, still from 'With a Relative Uncertainty', 2014, high definition video, 7min 45sec. Courtesy of the artist.