Photographers and/or lens-based artists working together with a philosopher on a specific topic to create a project

Framing Crisis

 

Overview

The notion of crisis permeates the contemporary reality through and through. Often, it appears as a catchword, suggesting that what we are confronted with is spectacular, shocking or alarming. For photography, crisis is not only a recurrent topic to be depicted; it also hits the idea of representation and the trust in the technical image. Both, reality itself and the forms and formats through which it is mediated are nowadays shaken by crisis in various ways. But what exactly do we mean when we speak of crisis?

The term crisis is rooted in the ancient Greek verb κρίνω (to decide, to separate, to judge, to fight), which has evolved into "critique" as subjective activity on the one hand, and "crisis" as its objective counterpart, on the other hand. The modern concept of crisis seizes a critical situation, in which "new 'causes' […] disturb the existing equilibrium"(Valéry). Constituted by a complex temporality of change, it pushes for the radical transformation of its very conditions. How can photography challenge pervasive clichéd representation of crisis in order to subvert gridlocked perceptions? How can it grasp the critical dimension of both, an actual crisis and the crisis of its images? Is it possible to generate a critical framing of crisis? These and other questions will be addressed during this workshop.

The Philosopher

PHLSPH has invited
Stefanie Baumann

Stefanie Baumann

Philosopher

Stefanie Baumann is currently a researcher at CineLab/IFILNOVA (New University of Lisbon), where she coordinates the working group “Thinking Documentary Film”. She obtained her PhD in philosophy in 2013 with a doctoral thesis on Walid Raad’s artistic project The Atlas Group. She has taught Philosophy, Aesthetics and Contemporary Art Theory at University Paris VIII (Paris, 2007-2010), AshkalAlwan (Beirut, 2013), ALBA – the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts/ University of Balamand (Beirut, 2012- 2015) and the Maumaus Independent Study Program (Lisbon, since 2016). From 2005 to 2010 she worked closely with the artist Esther Shalev-Gerz and collaborated with the video artists Marie Voignier and Mounira Al Solh on several projects.

Participants

Dominik
Fleischmann

Photographer

Jana
Hartmann

Photographer

Berglind
Hreiðarsdóttir

Photographer

Joel
Orozco

Photographer


Framing Crisis

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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.