The Hasselblad Foundation hosts and co-hosts both smaller research presentations and larger symposia each year, often in collaboration with the Valand Academy, University of Gothenburg. Since 2014 the foundation and the university have co-published the book series Negative, with collected presentations from several of the symposia. Researchers, theorists and artists that have participated in the symposia include Subhankar Banerjee, Geoffrey Batchen, Broomberg & Chanarin, Mathias Danbolt, Leslie Hewitt, Sarah Kember, Liz Wells and Zanele Muholi. Participants in the recent symposium on surveillance, organized in relation to the WATCHED!-project, included Susan Schuppli, Marco Poloni and Peter Weibel.
Welcome to the International Photography Research Symposium
Experiments and Social Change:
Writing the History of Interwar Photography
Photography at the Threshold: Experiments and Social Change unites researchers, artists and writers from an interdisciplinary field of photography and cultural studies with a particular focus on the 1920s and 30s. The symposium probes ways of researching, writing and doing photo history and a further aim is to reflect on parallels between the Interwar period and the present. Among the topics discussed will be montage, (anti-)fascism, eugenics and photography, gender rights and representation, aerial photography, militarism, commercialism and modernism.
Time: 9.00–18:00, November 21, 2017
Venue: Valand Academy, Aula
A collaboration between The Hasselblad Foundation and Valand Academy, Gothenburg University. The symposium is free and open to all.
9:00 Moderators Louise Wolthers, Hasselblad Foundation and Niclas Östlind, Valand Academy
Welcome and short introduction
9:15 Mats Jansson, Professor, Literature, History of Ideas and Religion, Gothenburg University
The concept of modernism – uses, meanings and a brief look at literature and photography
9:45 Sabine T. Kriebel, Lecturer, History of Art, University Collage, Cork
Passing Through: Three Women Abduct the Face of Weimar Photography
10:45 Coffee break
11:00 Anna Dahlgren, Professor, Art History, Stockholm University
Commercial realism. Photography and the Visual Mechanics of Selling
11:30 Susanne Kriemann, Artist, Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design, Germany, Berlin/Karlsruhe
One Time One Million – a contemporary perspective on researching, rewriting and reusing history and its analogue photographic techniques
12:00 Mhairi Sutherland, Artist and Researcher, Derry/Londonderry
Going Underground: Negotiation and Transgression in the photographic archives of SAAB Defence and Security.
12:30 Lunch break
13:30 Maja Hagerman,Writer and Historian & Claes Gabrielson, Photographer
The gaze of the racial biologist
14.30 Niclas Östlind, Curator, Researcher and Senior Lecturer, Valand Academy, Gothenburg University
A portrait of Swedes in their daily life and work by the photographer C. G. Rosenberg – seen in the light of a darkening horizon in a troubled Europe in the Mid-1930s.
15:00 Coffee break
15:15 Katarina Leppänen, Senior Lecturer, Literature, History of Ideas and Religion, Gothenburg University
Visibility and representation in the women’s movement during the interwar years
15:45 Eva Dahlman, Photo Historian and Researcher
”Where are the women?” Searching for women at the photographic scene in the interwar period.
16:15 Coffee break
16:30 Louise Wolthers, Researcher and Curator, Hasselblad Foundation
The View from Above: Scientific images at the International Photography Exhibition in Gothenburg 1929
17:00 Andréas Hagström, Gothenburg Konsthall
Young Hamburger Art (1931) – How the photographic art was perceived in the first known exhibition in Gothenburg with paintings, sculpture and photography.
17:30 Moderators closing remarks
Photography in Print & Circulation
Part II: The Writing of History
Thursday, 28 September, 1 pm
The book is an integrated and important part of photography, and the interest in the history of the photo book is an expanding field. It started in early 2000 with Andrew Roth’s Book of 101 Books: Seminal Photographic Books in the Twenties Century (2001), and the exhibition and publication Open Book at the Hasselblad Centre (2004). Martin Parr and Garry Badger have made groundbreaking contributions with their series History of the Photo Book, Volume I, II and III (published 2004–2014). They have been followed by a number of books and exhibitions focusing on national histories of the photo book.
Now it is time to look critically on the histories that have been produced during the last decade. What perspectives have guided the histories? How have they been mediated and – most importantly – what is still to be done? The symposium will address these important questions.
The symposium is part of Photography in Print & Circulation, a joint research project between the Hasselblad Foundation and Valand Academy.
13.00–13.30 Niclas Östlind The History of the Photo Book
13.30–14.15 Frits Giertberg The Dutch Photobook
14.45–15.30 Angel Luis Gonzalez The Irish Photobook
15.30–16.00 Irene de Mendoza The Spanish Photobook
16.15–16.30 Evita Goze – The Latvian Photobook
16.45–17.15 Panel debate
18.30 – 19.00 Bernadette Wolbring Square pegs and round holes and a book signing.
19.15 – 19.30 Åke E:son Lindman EXPERIMENT Åke E:son Lindman
19.30 – til late Opening of the festival including a release of Fotografisk Tidskrift!
Photography in Print and Circulation is a symposium addressing the critical and creative use of photography’s reproducibility. Easier than most other visual media, photography can be multiplied, appropriated, printed and distributed. The symposium will focus on the current and expanded field of photo books. The book is one of photography’s most important formats for going public, and the contemporary photo book culture has developed different modes of – and strategies for – editing, publishing, financing and distributing. The emphasis will be on networks for production and sharing, curatorial perspectives, and the experimental use of books as alternative space for mediating photographic images.
Printed matter is one of many possible forms of distribution. Still and moving images are constantly produced, shared, and sampled through mobile phone cameras and the Internet. The digital technology has changed the parameters for the use and understanding of photography. The symposium will also discuss the changing practises in art and news media, as well as the curatorial take on mediating and exhibiting on-line material and other digitally circulated photographic images.
The speakers are artists, publishers, curators, and scholars and they are invited to talk about their practises, and to reflect on how the artistic and critical possibilities of printed, re-used and circulated photography can be defined and developed.
Thursday 17 November
Venue: Valand Academy, The Glass House, Chalmersgatan 4, Gothenburg
10.00–10.40 Niclas Östlind: Photography in Print & Circulation: A Historical Survey
10.50–11.30 Lars Willumeit: Reassembly, Reaggregation and Circulation – Notes on Dealing with the (Un)becomings of Photography
11.30–12.00 Art & Theory: Release: The Negative Book Series
13.30–14.20 Eva Weinmayr: Library Underground — a reading list for a coming community
14.30–15.10 Cecilia Grönberg: Photography as publishing and distribution
15.40-16.30 Charlotte Cotton: Platform Sensitive
16.45–17.45 Lotta Antonsson in Conversation with Charlotte Cotton and Niclas Östlind/Louise Wolthers
Friday 18 November
10.00–10.30 Louise Wolthers: Multiveillance and the Networked Image
10.40–11.10 Mike Bode: Verification processes and the ecology of user generated imagery.
11.30–12.10 Linn Prøitz: “– It was instant … this is ultimately what is at stake, a child has died: What is simpler than that really?”: The impact of the rapid global circulation of the image of Alan Kurdi.
13.20–14.00 Mette Sandbye: Kent Klich and the Gaza conflict: A multifaceted photographic encirclement of a place and a political conflict
14.10–14.40 Sarah Tuck: Evidence and Spectacle – Watching Murder Online
15.00–16.00 Closing discussion: The Possibilities and Challenges of Printed and Circulated Photography.*
You can email questions to the panel in advance via: firstname.lastname@example.org
*Alfredo Jaar is unfortunately no longer able to participate in the symposium due to illness.
WATCHED! Symposium – October 7-8
The symposium is co-organized by Valand Academy of Arts and the Hasselblad Foundation. It is a part of the project WATCHED! Surveillance, Art and Photography in Europe Post 9/11, which will result in an exhibition at the Hasselblad Center and a forthcoming book in spring 2016.
WATCHED! SURVEILLANCE ART AND PHOTOGRAPHY IN EUROPE AFTER NINE-ELEVEN
An international 2-day research symposium in Gothenburg, organised by The Hasselblad Foundation and Valand Academy.
Venue: ‘The Glass House’, Valand Art Academy, Vasagatan 50
Please note change in program
October 7 / Day 1
Venue: ‘The Glass House’, Valand Academy, Vasagatan 50
9:00 – registration and coffee
9.30 – 10.00 Welcome and introduction by Louise Wolthers and Niclas Östlind
10.00 – 11.00 Peter Weibel, Professor (ZKM, DE), “Epistemic Photography. From Observation to Surveillance” Read more about Peter Weibel
11.15 – 12.00 Artist talk: Alberto Frigo (Södertörn University, SE/IT), “Becoming Data: Artists Beyond the Sousveillance Paradigm” Read more about Alberto Frigo
12.00 – 13.30 Lunch break
13.30 – 14.30 Susanne Wigorts Yngvesson, Ass. Professor (Stockholm School of Theology, SE)“Mirror, mirror on the Wall” – Selfimages and Objectification Read more about Susanne Wigorts Yngvesson
15.00-15:45 Artist talk: Ann-Sofi Sidén (SE) in conversation with Niclas Östlind
Closing of Day 1 – short discussion led by Louise Wolthers and Niclas Östlind.
October 8/ Day 2
Venue: ‘The Glass House’, Valand Academy, Vasagatan 50
9.15 – 10.00 Artist talk: Meriç Algün Ringborg (SE/TR) in conversation with Louise Wolthers
Read more about Meriç Algün Ringborg
10.30 – 11.15 Artist talk: Susan Schuppli, senior lecturer (Goldsmiths University, UK), “Material Witness / How Evidence comes to Matter” Read more about Susan Schuppli
11.15-12.00 Artist talk: Jason E. Bowman, senior lecturer (Gothenburg University, SE/UK), “Scavenging Surveillance” Read more about Jason E. Bowman
12.00-13.30 Lunch break
13.30 – 14.15 Artist talk: Marco Poloni (DE), “A Porous Narrative” Read more about Marco Poloni
14.30 – 15.30 Hille Koskela, Professor (University of Turku, FIN), “Surveillance Plays and Games”
Read more about Hille Koskela
Closing remarks and final discussion led by Louise Wolthers and Niclas Östlind.