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Lab updates

PHLSPH Lab went to Helsinki. This year it was just me, but setting a goal that next time we will have a project co-created from the couplings of our growing community to present! Thank you @sarahritterart for using your work as a springboard to investigate the parallels and cross-overs in modeling in science and modeling in research-based projects. A bit of philosophy of science in the mix by using the wonderful insight by Professor Nancy Nersessian, with the firm belief that the constructed image has a lot of dormant information, waiting to be unleashed!


Playing with the ideas of your project and/or your text. Connect with us to organize one-on-one mentoring and group workshops.  We have invited Karin van de Wiel, from the Master Photography & Society to share her thoughts on the process!

Unfolded (Branch), 2019

TalkRefractions of Information Revealed

‘How do we connect with this new, rapid and almost violent explosion of this new world racing?’ Follow the link to read a short interview by PHLSPH with Berlin based Greek visual artist Spiros Hadjidjanos. If you are interested in the transfiguration of the photographic image and its hybrid use, then this talk is right down your alley. Thank you KAPUT online art journal for the invitation and Spiros Hadjidjanos for JOINING IN!


Check out our contribution in the NEW SECTION of ‘Photomonitor:’ entitled EXPERIMENTS considering the photographic work of Sarah Ritter in the context of philosophy, language and its sensory expression. Thank you for all your support!

Lab updates

It is out! The special issue on ‘Violence, Part 2’ of Philosophy and Photography journal, includes the discussion between philosopher Stefanie Bauman and artist @harri_palviranta co-organized by PHLSPH – Philosophy & Photography Lab and @imagolisboa during the international photography festival in Lisbon. The discussion was edited by PHLSPH.

Thank you ‘Philosophy of Photography’ journal, Stefanie, Harri, and Imago Lisboa.

Lab updatesPlay at Fotodok

Phlsph Lab presents PLAY at Lighthouse artists of FOTODOK, Utrecht [15.11.2023]. Taking a step back and observing the ideas depicted in the artists’ on-going projects, the way they are used and linked visually and in relation to their text. ‘Playing’ with questions in the space created between image and logic.

Lab updatesOpenfolio #3 Jury Member - Institut pour la Photographie, Lille.

‘Playing’ with ideas and the power of the image in the ‘spaces’ opening up with every portfolio. Connecting with and for photography for two days, 11 & 12 November.


Emilio Pemjean  reconstructs Wittgenstein’s “life-houses” (non existent today) in an attempt to make them our own. One more artist inspired by a philosopher contributing to the PHLSPH Lab; this time by his ‘ life – houses’. Because to conquer the forgetfulness of men, Pemjean notes, “it is well to have, not only what men have thought and felt, but what their hands have handled, and their strength wrought, and their eyes beheld, all the days of their life.”(John Ruskin)


ExpandIn Memory's Garden

Does a picture of melancholy constitute in and of itself a melancholic picture? Hans Maes, Senior Lecturer and Co-Director of the Aesthetics Research Centre at the University of Kent, talks about aesthetic melancholy and offers philosophical insight into photographer’s Julie Scheurweghs work In Memory’s Garden. 

WorkOn the Scales of the Photographic

Commissioned workshop by the MA Photography and Society (MAPS) of the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague (KABK). From the 25-28th of September the MA students of “Society and Photography” will be working with invited researcher Dr. Andrew Fisher ” On the Scales of the Photographic”. More to be posted soon!


One more project tracked down. Photographer Mustapha Azeroual inspired by Gottfried Leibniz. Other projects so far are linked to Bruno Latour, 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!

Screen shot from short film by Yto Barrada, as part of the exhibition Bad Color Combos at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.


PHLSPH Lab will be collaborating with Through the Lens Collective to organize one-on-one meetings for selected photographers to work on their artist’s statements and the conceptual structure of their project.

“Through the Lens Collective” is a collaborative educational and developmental photographic space created by South African visual artist and educator Michelle Loukidis, who shares a commitment to, and appreciation of, the photographic medium on the African continent.

The selected photographers for PLAY BACK are Ollie Walker, Maroula Lambis, Nadia Raaths and Maheder Haileselassie. [May 2023]


Detail of work by Mary Bauermeister, Stedelijk Museum.


On-line workshop, upon invitation by Moritz Neumüller, with the artist-students of IDEP Barcelona on the conceptual patterns and ideas included in their projects to create a clearer artist’s text.  [18.05.2023 in English]

ExperimentPerseverance - Hacking the Glitch

An on-line discussion hosted at the International Book Fair of Thessaloniki with visual artist and professor Theodoros Zafeiropoulos and digital poet Thodoris Chiotis on the limits of seeing and recognition, the role of AI and the multiple and relational forms of intelligence,  the intervention of imagination and its significant role as a mode of resistance and critical thinking.

Using as original material the images shared by NASA, the artists created a project where through appropriation and manipulation drew the images to their limits in an interplay between fiction and reality here and in outer space. The discussion, moderated by Alexandra Athanasiadou, is based on the research project subsidized by the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports under the title ‘Follow the Glitch’. [4.05.2023, in Greek]

Image: Reuters

Lab updates

Despite the relentless power outages in South Africa, Through the Lens 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]

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]


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.