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Despite the relentless power outages in South Africa, Throughthelens collective, carries on strong! Happy to join the group on March 15th to introduce PHLSPH to its artists and resist darkness. Many thanks to its director, Michelle Loukidis.

Lab updatesOn Fireflies

A discussion with philosophical insight on the creative practice with the photographers of the MA of the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague (KABK), followed by a workshop. [16.02.2023]


One more project tracked down. Photographer Erik Berglin and artist Clement Valla inspired by Bruno Latour. Other projects so far are linked to Feminist Philosophers, Benjamin, Flusser,  Byung-Chul Han, Phenomenology, and Nietzsche. Visit the section and if your work is linked to a philosopher or a philosophical concept/movement you are more than welcome to join in!

Original image: Ansel Adams, Mountain Partially Covered with Clouds, “In Glacier National Park,” Montana from the National Archives Catalog

Lab updatesPop-up discussion

Τeaming up with the journal Debates in Aesthetics on the occasion of its special issue on photography to organize a pop-up discussion revolving around the target paper “Music, Visualisation and the Multi-stage Account of Photography” by Dr. Dawn Wilson (University of Hull).

In this first event, out of a series of three, the discussion will develop amongst Dr. Wilson and Dr. Mikael PetterssonClaudia Giupponi and Ben Campion. Philosopher, artist and co-editor of the journal Dr.Claire Anscomb will be moderating. Held on-line on the 27th of January.



Image: Casa Obscura/ 06:50-07:04, NE (2019) Courtesy of the artist Claudia Hausfeld

Lab updatesWorkshop in Reykiavik

“Contemporaries out of the blue” was the title of the workshop which took place at Listaháskóli Íslands – Iceland University of the Arts from the 5th until the 15th of November, upon invitation by artist and tutor Claudia Hausfeld. What is the use of practicing the technique of the cyanotype during the era of the networked image? How much networked thinking is involved in making a picture instead of taking it and what makes a work contemporary? These were some of the open questions explored with the participants during their hands-on experience of producing new works with Claudia’s guidance.

Lab updatesFirst live event of the PHLSPH Lab in Lisbon

The international photography festival Imago Lisboa in collaboration with PHLSPH organized a discussion between Stefanie Baumann and artist Harri Pälviranta at Lusófona University in Lisbon, Portugal. The discussion revolved aroung the concept of violence as presented in Harri’s series “Battered”; “Choreography of Violence”; “New ‘s Portraits” showcased at MNAC (National Museum of Contemporary Art until August 2023).

[Photo: © PHLSPH Lab – Detail of a work/series New’s Portraits]


Crisis? What crisis?

WorkLooking at crisis

Four artists from different corners of the world are WORKING on ‘Framing Crisis’: Janna Hartmann, Dominik Fleischmann, Berglind Hreiðarsdóttir and Joel Orozsco  have been working on-line with our guest philosopher Stefanie Baumann. All four artists have been invited to think about their practice in a free space, without any constraints or expectations in regards to their result.

AskA question for artists working with digital tools:

In order for a viewer to fully appreciate your work, do you think it is important that they know something about the digital method of production — e.g., something about the coding or something about the functionality of imaging software/hardware?


Bill D’Alessandro, a philosopher of mathematics, offers his insight on an image from Matthieu Gafsou’s series Vivants. 

Work from the series

TalkClaire Anscomb, Philosopher interviews Almudena Romero, Visual Artist

Almudena Romero’s diverse works represent a vast exploration of the social and physical possibilities afforded by analogue photographic methods and processes.

Image Credit: Showing Back Style, from a photography album with images of Japan. Public domain from the Collection of the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Gift of Howard and Dorothy Pramann from the Mrs. M.J. McKelvy Estate, St. Cloud, MN

PlayArtist Text Workshop

Photobook Week Aarhus (15/09/2021) will host this creative writing workshop, which will help participants to follow the different steps necessary to build their theoretical outline and put it into words, creating a clear artist statement. Outlaid to be a practical experience, it will consist of an online party where attendees will expose their field of interest, generate ideas, and make connections with relevant concepts, and a two day workshop in Aarhus, where they receive interdisciplinary stimuli in an attempt to open new perspectives for their practice, and coaching for their writing process.

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    Respectively it is targeted to philosophers and researchers, who are interested in conversing with artists, sharing knowledge and also learning from their artistic practice.It is a lab where visual artists mostly work with philosophers and not exclusively on philosophy. In that respect philosophical texts and wider topics may be in our areas of interest more as a means to explore seeing and thinking rather than the end on which we focus to extract information. It is lab which also aims at creating through experimentation and transfigurations of artefacts material which may raise philosophical questions and discussion.