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Event: The Negative. Geoffrey Batchen, Justine Varga, Anne Ferran, James Tylor. 6 September @ CCWM

Photography Falls Apart: A series of three panel discussions that will explore photography and discuss how it challenges questions of truth and representation. In association with the exhibition Photography and the Performative.
Panel #1: The Negative, 6-7.30pm Wednesday 6 September 2023. Nelson Meers Foundation Auditorium, Chau Chak Wing Museum, University of Sydney. Register

About this event

Since its inception in the mid-1800s, photography has been a disruptor technology, challenging, and reconfiguring our understanding of how we represent ourselves and our communities. Viewed through a performative lens, this series will explore photography in its vernacular and art forms and discuss how it challenges questions of truth and representation, while moving rapidly into the shadow of Artificial Intelligence, with its deep fakes and machine learning. Panel #1: The Negative 6pm Wednesday 6 September 2023 This panel considers the negative as a site of transformation for representation and image-making. Our speakers will explore the photographic medium’s materiality, processes and performative qualities through practice and theory.

On the site of transformation with Justine Varga, Geoffrey Batchen, Anne Ferran, James Tylor

Justine Varga is an artist whose work examines the conventions of photography, exploring its process, materiality and relationship with time. Geoffrey Batchen is Professor of the History of Art, Trinity College, University of Oxford, he is a specialist in the history of photography. Working primarily with photography, Anne Ferran’s practice engages with colonial histories and the absence of women and children from the historical record. James Tylor is a multi-disciplinary visual artist whose practice explores Australian environment, culture and social history through the perspectives of his multicultural heritage that comprises Nunga (Kaurna Miyurna), Māori (Te Arawa) and European (English, Scottish, Irish, Dutch and Norwegian) ancestry.


Panel #2: The Lens

6pm Thursday 16 November 2023

on bearing witness and catalysing change


Panel # 3:The Machine

6pm Thursday 18 April 2023

on new technologies of seeing


This series has been organised in association with Chau Chak Wing Museum, Photography Cultures Research Group and The Power Institute.

Chau Chak Wing Museum




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