Helsinki Photomedia 2018
Reconsidering the “Post-truth Condition”: Epistemologies of the photographic image
March 26 -28, 2018
Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland
Contemporary photography takes place in a world where the relation between facts and values is a social and political issue which has repercussions in art and education as well. The public discussions on information warfare, fake news, and manipulated media contents have shaken the epistemology of news media and generally revitalized the questions of trustfulness of media representations. Problematic statements about the ‘post-truth condition’ symptomatically reflect this situation and pose new challenges to our understanding of the epistemology of the photographic image.
Helsinki Photomedia 2018 invites critical examinations, artistic reflections, and presentations of educational projects of photography after the ‘post-truth condition’, especially work which addresses the variety of ends that photographic truth, authenticity, indexicality, manipulation, and suspicion have to stand for. Photomedia 2018 will take up the multifaceted question concerning the photographic epistemology by focusing on topics including (but not limited to):
- Evidence and testimony
- Photography and knowledge
- Technical aspects of photographic data
- Visual information and counter-information
- Strategies of authentication
- Photography and education
Deadline for 500 word abstracts: October 31, 2017. Guidelines for submissions are here.
Keynote speakers 2018:
Professor Robert Hariman (Northwestern University)
Professor John Lucaites (Indiana University)
Professor Barbie Zelizer (University of Pennsylvania)
Artist Keynote TBC by August
Helsinki Photomedia is a biennial photography research conference organized by four Finnish universities since 2012. The conference offers various platforms where artistic, philosophical, social, cultural, economical, and technological approaches to photography meet. We welcome submissions from all areas of photography research. Since 2016 photography education has been one of the areas and we welcome submissions for the educational panel for presenting educational projects and related research. The conference language is English.