Photographers and/or lens-based artists working together with a philosopher on a specific topic to create a project
Working with a philosopher Roll up your sleeves and let’s get to work! In this section of the Lab, we are aiming at having lens-based artists set on board with a philosopher and working together on a specific topic. The purpose is for artists to empower their thinking tools and the way they structure their ideas and on the other hand, for a philosopher to have a hands-on experience of the artistic practice, in order to potentially use that for their research. Make note that although the project is mainly designed for artists to learn and expand their thinking methodology, it is also focused on the enrichment of the creative process with the aim of producing a body of work inspired from their encounter with a philosopher.
How it works
It works upon commission by a cultural or educational organization but may also be organized by the PHLSPH Lab. When initiated by the Lab, the group of participating artists is small (6-8) and they are either invited or selected following an open call. The goal is to have a close collaboration between the philosopher and the artists to ensure a personalized experience and an effective method of exchanging views and discussing images.
Dr. Andrew Fisher is Research Fellow in the Department of Photography at FAMU (the Photography Department of the Academy of Arts, Prague) and founding editor of the journal Philosophy of Photography (2010-present). Andrew’s recent research has centered on the significance of various discourses and phenomenon of scale for our understanding of photography. This has resulted in a series of publications including: “Living With the Excessive Scale of Contemporary Photography” (in Photography Off the Scale, (2021) Tomáš Dvořák & Jussi Parikka (eds.), Edinburgh University Press; “Der fotografische Maßstab”, (in Ästhetik der Skalierung, Sonderheft 18, Zeitschrift für Ästhetik und Allgemeine Kunstwissenschaft (2020), Carlos Spoerhase, Steffen Siegel & Nikolaus Wegmann (eds.), Hamburg, Felix Meiner Verlag); and “Three Scale Models for a Photographic World: Benjamin, constellation, image and scale”, in Philosophy of Photography, Vol. 11, No. 1&2, 2021.
To visit Philosophy of Photography press here.
And here is Andrew Fisher on YouTube.
This is a video created in less than a day by the participating artists of the MA of KABK. It presents the ‘creative reaction’ of every participant to the theory, discussions, open questions and various visual strategies which were offered during the seminar. The goal of the thematic seminar was to instigate critical thinking on the theme and then for the participating artists to contribute in any form they wanted – from notes to printed works to just a quote that might have inspired them. What was at stake was being engaged in the process and not the production of a final work; to make this more clear to the viewer the artists were asked to compliment their work/work-in-progress with a question, a quote or a title to show the link which inspired them.