Photography has been the object of several theories, working with concepts as diverse as apparatus in the political/cultural approach by Vilém Flusser, as punctum and studium proposed by Roland Barthes, as psychoanalytic symptom advanced by Didi-Huberman, as aura (fetish) by Walter Benjamin, or as world-image by Susan Sontag.
However, all theories point to the same evidence: the complex reality, the several dimensions, of photography. Photography has the capacity to capture and perceive the world, that is, it can, at the same time, absorb the world and understand it. Simultaneously, it encloses a fundamental play between its (apparent) passivity and its transformative effects, between its (questionable) impartiality and its critical power. Photography has yet another dimension, that of being a transcendental exercise: when thinking about the world, photography thinks of itself as an image.
This colloquium aims at thinking photography from the perspectives of Science, of Art and of Philosophy. To analyse theories, techniques, and practices. To approach scientific photography, artistic photography, and new technologies. In a world full of images and multiple techniques for capturing and producing images, it is imperative, more than ever, to think photography.
Rob Kesseler (Central Saint Martins)
Rob Kesseler is a visual artist and Emeritus Professor of Arts, Design & Science at Central Saint Martins, London. For the past twenty years he has worked with botanical scientists and molecular biologists to explore the living world at a microscopic level. Using a range of complex microscopy processes he creates multi-frame composite images of plant organs. Collaborators include The Jodrell Laboratory Kew, The John Innes Centre, Norwich, MRC Cambridge and the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research, Cologne. He works from studios in London and Corfu and exhibits and lectures internationally.
Cosimo Chiarelli, Filipe Figueiredo, Isabel Nogueira, Leonor Sá, Miguel Claro, Nuno Resende, Paulo Alexandre Castro, Pedro Caldas, Pedro Soares, Rogério Taveira, Tereza Siza, Victor Flores.
9.30 – Opening remarks
10.00 – 11.00 – Keynote: Rob Kesseler
Chair: Catarina Pombo Nabais
11.15 – 12.15 – panel 1 / Photography and Science
Leonor Sá, Miguel Claro, David Lopes
Chair: Estela Jardim
12.15- 13.15 – panel 2 / Photography and Art
Paulo Catrica, Hagi Kenaan
Chair: Graça Corrêa
14.30 – 15.30 – panel 3 / Theory of Photography
Chair: Cristina Azevedo Tavares
15.30 – 16.30 – panel 4 / History of Photography
Nuno Resende, Teresa Siza
Chair: Carlos M. Fernandes
17.00 – 18.00 – panel 5 / Photography Practices
Cosimo Chiarelli, Filipe Figueiredo, Luís Pavão
Chair: Carlos M. Fernandes
Comissão Científica e Organizadora
Ana Lourenço Pinto (FBAUL)
Carlos M. Fernandes (IST)
Catarina Pombo Nabais (CFCUL/GI3)
Cristina Azevedo Tavares (CFCUL/GI3)
Estela Jardim (CFCUL/GI3)
Graça P. Corrêa (CFCUL/GI3)
José Soudo (IPT/Ar.Co)
Liz Vahia (CFCUL/GI3)
Nicole Alves (FBAUL)
Olga Pombo (CFCUL/GI3)