About the Symposium
FotoFocus is pleased to present its first juried group exhibition, AutoUpdate, and an accompanying day-long symposium, AutoUpdate: Photography in the Electronic Age, in partnership with The Carnegie, Northern Kentucky’s largest multidisciplinary arts venue. From October 4–5, 2019, the exhibition and symposium will address digital technology’s impact on photography and video, and its disruption of art making and news cycles in a media obsessed world.
Inspired by the prescient 1994 Aperture special edition Metamorphoses: Photography in the Electronic Age, which both envisioned fantastical uses and dire consequences of programs like Adobe Photoshop, AutoUpdate presents a much needed update on how digital technologies have continued to affect our understanding of photography as an artistic medium and in our current age of “post-truth” and artificial intelligence.
The exhibition will feature artists from Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana who work at the intersection of photography and new media, both technically and conceptually. These artists will be selected from a regional open call for submissions by a group of guest jurors across tri-state institutions: Carissa Barnard, FotoFocus, Cincinnati, OH; Matt Distel, The Carnegie, Covington, KY; Alice Gray Stites, 21c Museum Hotels, OH, KY, IN; Jo-ey Tang, Beeler Gallery at Columbus College of Art & Design, OH; Michael Vetter, Newfields, Indianapolis, IN.
The Symposium, meanwhile, will examine photography and film in today’s current artistic and political climate. This series of lectures and panel discussions invites international artists and speakers to review photography’s part in the current global crisis of information exchange; the fate of documentary filmmaking in a “post-truth” age; and will offer a historical and philosophical assessment of digital imaging, past and future. A full schedule and panelists is to be announced this summer.
AutoUpdate will be on view from September 14 – November 16, 2019, with a reception and performance on October 4, 2019. The all-day symposium, AutoUpdate: Photography in the Electronic Age, will take place on Saturday, October 5, 2019. Both events will be held at The Carnegie and are free and open to the public.
Press Release as a PDF: FotoFocus Announces Open Call for First Juried Exhibition