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January 29th, Tucson: Lecture by Geoffrey Batchen

Center for Creative Photography | U of A School of Art
Lecture by Geoffrey Batchen: “In Absentia: The Politics of Cameraless Photography”
Friday, January 29, 2016, 5:30 PM

“How can a photograph of nothing—of nothing discernable or apparently significant—be said to offer some useful political purchase on the world it inhabits? How can a photograph that represents, but does not depict, a given situation be freighted with historical knowledge and import? Confining itself to examples of cameraless photography, from the 1830s to now, this paper will ask these questions with a view to determining a politics for such photographs in the present. In fact, given our contemporary context, cameraless photographs assume that photography is always already a politics; to engage the visual and chemical grammar of the photograph is to dispute and challenge that fixity of that politics. To make such photographs returns photography to a unique, hand-made craft and away from global capitalism and its vast economies of mass exploitation. Not that these photographs are innocent; on the contrary they are often generated by actions that are toxic, radioactive, enigmatic, violent, dangerous. Nor are they “abstract.” Instead, I will argue, they redefine the nature of photography’s realism as well as its potential as a political agent.”

Center for Creative Photography
Room 108
1030 N. Olive Road
Tucson, AZ 85721-0103

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February 23rd, Tucson: Changing Conversations About a Changing Climate with Judy Natal

Conversation with Judy Natal at the Institute of the Environment

Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at 7:00 p.m.
University of Arizona
, Marshall Room 531

“Since 1997, Judy Natal’s photographs have dealt with the visual aspects of natural landscapes and alterations to those landscapes.  By 2006, her focus had progressively shifted toward an examination and documentation of landscapes that have been altered by scientists, engineers, designers, and utopians.  Her work continues to describe important aspects of our contemporary world and contribute significant observations about mankind’s ideas of nature, our effect on our landscapes, and what the future might hold for us.”  Judy is currently the artist in residence at Biosphere 2.

7:00 – 7:30  Opening Reception
7:30 – 8:00  Artist talk about current work
8:00 – 8:30  Conversation with Diana Liverman, Co-Director of the Institute of the Environment


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