The FotoFocus Symposium, AutoUpdate: Photography in the Electronic Age brought together a rich diversity of speakers to address digital technology’s impact on photography and video, and its disruption of art making and news cycles in a media obsessed world. This series of lectures and panel discussions included international artists and speakers addressing photography’s part in the current global crisis of information exchange; the fate of documentary filmmaking in a “post-truth” age; and a historical and philosophical assessment of digital imaging, past and future.
The accompanying exhibition, AutoUpdate, features 44 artists from Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana who work at the intersection of photography and new media, both technically and conceptually. Installation images available on the Installation Gallery page or see the exhibition in person at The Carnegie until November 16, 2019.
Thank you to everyone who attended and participated in the 2019 FotoFocus Symposium and Exhibition. If you missed out or just want to hear more, view the image gallery below or watch videos of the panels and conversations on Vimeo now.
Panel: Curators and The Digital Museum: Co-Moderated by Carissa Barnard, FotoFocus Deputy Director of Exhibitions and Programming, Cincinnati, OH and Matt Distel, Exhibitions Director, The Carnegie, Covington, KY with AutoUpdate Exhibition Jurors: Alice Gray Stites, Museum Director and Chief Curator, 21c Museum Hotels, Louisville and Lexington, KY; Cincinnati, OH; Chicago, IL; Bentonville, AR; Des Moines, IA; Durham, NC; Oklahoma City, OK; Kansas City and Saint Louis, MO; and Nashville, TN; Jo-ey Tang, Director of Exhibitions, Beeler Gallery, Columbus College of Art & Design, OH; and Michael Vetter, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art, Newfields, Indianapolis, IN
Conversation: Digital Evolution/Digital Revolution: Kevin Moore, FotoFocus Artistic Director, New York, NY in conversation with Fred Ritchin, Dean Emeritus of the International Center of Photography, New York, NY
Panel: Deepfake News: Moderated by Dean Kissick, Writer and New York Editor of Spike Quarterly, New York, NY, with panelists: Elisabeth Bik, PhD, Microbiome and Science Integrity Consultant, San Francisco, CA; and Rob Horning, Editor, New York, NY
Panel: Artists in the Forest of Signs: Moderated by Michelle Kuo, The Marlene Hess Curator of Painting and Sculpture, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY with panelists: Josh Kline, Artist, New York, NY; and Lynn Hershman Leeson, Artist, San Francisco, CA and New York, NY
Panel: Documentary Filmmaking: Observing Outside the Lines: Moderated by Toby Lee, Artist, Anthropologist, and Assistant Professor, Department of Cinema Studies, Tisch School of the Arts, NYU, New York, NY, with panelists: Jacqueline Goss, Filmmaker and Professor of Film and Electronic Arts, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY; and Christopher Harris, Filmmaker and Professor of Cinematic Arts, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
Artist Keynote with Trevor Paglen: Trevor Paglen, Artist, Berlin and San Francisco, CA
The FotoFocus Symposium, AutoUpdate: Photography in the Electronic Age took place on October 5, 2019 at The Carnegie, Covington, KY. For more information visit FotoFocus.org/Symposium or check out these articles from artnet News and Forbes.com.
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