Saturday, April 9, 2022
MEMORIAL HALL, 1225 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH
In the nineteenth century, harnessing the potential of electricity became a preoccupation of scientific investigation and also tantalized (and sometimes terrified) the public imagination. This panel will consider the close and complex relationship between photography and electricity: how the medium was deployed to both visualize and conceal this potent but invisible force, and how electrical impulses were translated into the first “telephotographs,” eclipsing space and time.
Panel: Signal and Event: Early Press Photography and Its Distributions
Press photography is primarily concerned with the prompt transmission of information about world events, to be received, as a rule, by viewers at some remove in place and time. With a focus on press photography’s golden age, circa 1930s–1970s, this panel considers some of the technologies and sites of transmission—the photo morgue; the television set, the police radio tower; the art museum—and the powers of inflection each of these contain.
Panel: Remote Exhibiting
As centers of power—both actual places and critical discourses—are increasingly questioned, the concept of remoteness holds a seductive promise as both a location and mindset outside conventional methods of thinking, making, and exhibiting. This panel examines how artists and curators are making use of technology to create and critique from afar.
Artist Spotlight: Moyra Davey
Moyra Davey will speak about her folded/mailed photographs, a process initiated almost by accident in 2007 and to this day a staple of her artistic practice.
Panel: Designing for People?
For decades, architects and designers largely preferred representing their building and city designs as unpopulated as possible in order to highlight those designs. Today, visualizations of future spaces, and their documentation once built, have begun to include people but as a subordinate element to the designs. This panel explores how photography and visualizations can help us better understand how we are actually impacted by the architectural spaces we inhabit.
Panel: Breaking News
At media organizations, the pressures to produce images and stories faster and in greater volume have created evolving challenges for news photographers—and photo editors—in terms of both competition and in their ability to relay complex stories in such a fast moving landscape.
Collier Schorr and Sophie Hackett discuss the ways in which artists and curators are applying technologies to new patterns of globalism.
Sunday, April 10, 2022
THE GARFIELD THEATRE, 719 Race Street, Cincinnati, OH
Film Program: CortoCircuito and El actor principal [The Leading Actor]
Beginning at 2pm, the Symposium Film Program includes film shorts from Latin America, a panel discussion, and a special feature film, El actor principal [The Leading Actor]. This program presents the diversity of Latin American cultures while examining the ways in which media—and photographic imagery in particular—creates and distorts understanding of foreign cultures.