The Algorithmic Image

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07 Mar 2018

4pm to 6pm

The Algorithmic Image
4 - 6pm, 7th March 2018
London College of Communication, Lecture Theatre A

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Once based on physical materials and chemistry, photography is now predominantly a medium of digits and bytes. 


Photography's rapid dematerialisation into a digital format necessitates that it interact with an ever growing array of algorithms, and computer programs of varying complexity and purpose. Some of these algorithms make photographs visible to human eyes; some create data visualizations that look like photographs; others interpret or judge their meaning; others still manipulate and change what the photograph shows. 


All of them have significant implications for our relationship with and uses of photography. This series of short talks asks what it means to live in a world where the majority of photographs are now made by machines, for other machines, and where the primacy of human sight is no longer guaranteed.


Speakers and Talk Titles

Susan Schuppli - Planetary Processing
Liz Orton - Density without shadows/ the body as an archive
Kate Fahey -  #iseefaces
Lee Mackinnon - Datamass
Lewis Bush - The Algorithmic Photojournalist
Claudius Schulze - The Difficulties of Photographing the Internet: A Cable Coming From the Wall

Image credit: Liz Orton/Visual Human Project