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SITUATIONS #9 to #18 – Seeing Machines

Homing pigeon with camera, late 1930s © Estate Michel/Swiss Camera Museum, Vevey

Homing pigeon with camera, late 1930s © Estate Michel/Swiss Camera Museum, Vevey

Photo exhibition: SITUATIONS #9 to #18 – Seeing Machines
Fotomuseum Winterthur, Grüzenstrasse 44, 8400 Winterthur, Switzerland map it | Official Website
from 12-06-2015 to 27-09-2015
TUE – SUN: 11 – 18 hrs; WED: 11 – 20 hrs.; MON: closed

As every citizen with a smartphone, laptop or tablet knows, photography is becoming increasingly ‘distributed’. Driven by the vast replicative power of digital algorithms, photographs now move with tremendous speed across a wide variety of devices and platforms. The distinction between the still and the moving image is becoming increasingly blurred. At the same time, digital vision is now profoundly social, implicated in many areas of human activity. Certainly, this is having an impact on practice as younger artists in particular work with a range of media and no longer easily describe themselves as photographers.

On 10 April 2015 Fotomuseum Winterthur launched a new exhibition format titled SITUATIONS, which allows us to react more quickly to developments within photographic culture. The role of SITUATIONS is to define Fotomuseum Winterthur’s vision of what photography is becoming, at the same time offering an innovative integration of physical exhibition space and virtual forum. Using tags and clusters as a mode of curatorial classification the aim is to integrate the real and the virtual in relation to exhibition in a new way.

The actual cluster “Seeing Machines” (SITUATIONS #9 to #18) is exploring the way that technologies of seeing are increasingly devoid of human agency. Inspired by a blog written for Fotomuseum Winterthur by Trevor Paglen, seeing machines today comprise a vastly expanded field to which this cluster pays attention to.


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