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Material Immaterial: Photographs in the 21st Century


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Posted by: Foundation for Advancement in Conservation
Deadline: Mon, September 23rd, 2019

Material Immaterial: Photographs in the 21st Century

September 23 - 25, 2019, Yale University, New Haven, CT

A Collaborative Workshop in Photograph Conservation

Why print a photograph in 2019?

We are witnessing the historic transformation of photography from tangible objects—prints, plates, and negatives—to code: intangible bits, bytes, and pixels. As the tether between visual culture and the material world is recalibrated every day, a new form of literacy is required to draw meaning from physical media and its obsolescence. At the very moment when characterization and interpretation of the printed photograph is rapidly gaining ground, the momentum toward dematerialization raises the issue of the long-term relevance and sustainability of photography as a material fact. Does the physical photograph still matter today—as a source for teaching, learning, and scholarship—and will it matter into the future?

This three-day program is organized by Paul Messier, Director of the Lens Media Lab at Yale’s Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage; Monica Bravo, Assistant Professor of History and Theory of Photographic Media at California College of the Arts; and colleagues at Yale University with the support and guidance of the FAIC Collaborative Workshops in Photograph Conservation advisory committee. The symposium and elective seminars will be geared for educators, students, curators, photographers and, particularly, for conservators whose core value proposition is most directly tied to the physical photograph. Insights from conservators, scholars, makers, and the art market will address the premise that physical photography is a closed set. The optional final day of the workshop will model interdisciplinary inquiry and seek to incubate collaborations focused on photography as a medium both material and immaterial. New tools will be examined for characterizing and contextualizing the photograph both as object and disembodied image.

Register now - space is limited! View a list of symposium talks and speakers here.

Symposium: Monday, Sept. 23, 9 AM – 5 PM and Tuesday, Sept. 24, 9 AM – 12:30 PM   

$115 AIC members, $150 non-AIC members  

Seminars: Tuesday, Sept. 24, 1:30 – 4:30 PM and Wednesday, Sept. 25, 9 AM – 12 PM

$80 (must be registered for symposium)

Incubator: Wednesday, Sept. 25, 1 – 4:30 PM 

Free (must be registered for symposium)



Posted on Wed, June 12th, 2019
Expires on Mon, September 23rd, 2019

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