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      Photography, Fungi and Social Ontologies: Wolfgang Tilmans’s Neue Welt


      Politics of the Machines - Art and After (EVA Copenhagen)

      Digital arts and culture

      15 - 17 May 2018

      Photography, Fungi, Machinic-Animism, Avant-Garde Art, The Anthropocene

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          In the late 1990s and early 2000s questions of nature and life morphed with contemporary art in new ways.

          Under the influence of new media technologies and digital networks, artists came to challenge modern ideas of nature in how it had been viewed and historicized. In an exploration of a body of photographic works—Neue Welt— made by the German artist Wolfgang Tillmans in and around 2010, this essay argues that at this particular time, digital technologies came to be explored as autonomous machines that could produce new forms of connections, between living and dead matter on Earth. Within the context of digital art photography, the technology of photography presented itself as a quasi-living subject endowed with some social abilities to enter and construe new forms of alliances in the world, providing new perspectives to ideas of subjectivity and agency. Focusing on photography’s peculiar alliance with parallel ecologies connected via the machine, this essay argues that new conceptions of nature and social ontologies emerged at this time as photography entered its digital mode of existence.

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                May 2018
                May 2018
                : 1-9
                [1 ] University of Oslo, Norway
                © Yazdani. Published by BCS Learning and Development Ltd. Proceedings of EVA Copenhagen 2018, Denmark

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                Politics of the Machines - Art and After
                EVA Copenhagen
                Aalborg University, Copenhagen, Denmark
                15 - 17 May 2018
                Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
                Digital arts and culture
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