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Ultrashort – A Swiss project on the shortest of narratives

It has been quite a long time since I last authored a post on this blog. I have been rather busy doing work elsewhere, and had a very hard time finding some sort of balance between work and life. Covid-19 didn’t really help at the start, but as remote-working became more of a routine, and so did (in my experience) an understanding that “sh*t happens” (e.g. bad Internet connection, crashing computers, cat interruptions), I found (or created?) space to be. Just being is hard work! Acknowledging this has certainly changed my rhythm, and I am very happy to say I work at a slower pace now. Slow allows me to be. Slow allows me to stop, take stock, reflect, plan, and share insights, materials, experiences.

So here it comes again, this time in slow mode. Over the coming months, I will be sharing teaching resources, as well as reflections on visual research practices. Along with new posts, I will be recovering material published elsewhere, as always with a focus on photography and visual research. Today’s reblog is a text about a journal issue on “shortest visual forms”, or ULTRASHORT.

Visual Sociology NUIG

Minimal visual narratives are at the core of an interdisciplinary research project at the Lucerne School of Art and Design. Academics and artists were invited to reflect upon marginal conditions of visual display in our current image-saturated environment. GIFs, still images and a short film respond to issues of privacy, propinquity and ubiquity associated with current technology. Human and non-human agency are overarching themes in all these works, which push the viewer to think again about the entanglement of the everyday, communication and devices. Who is controlling who? What are the strategies we put in place to take ownership of pervasive technologies? How do contemporary media pragmatics look like?

Along with more formal approaches to the topic, humor is used both by artists and academics as a conceptual frame. Elke Rentemeister has titled her contribution: Mittags Tomatenpfankuchen, which means a much as: At Noon Tomato Pancakes. And I can’t wait to read it! 

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This entry was posted on July 7, 2021 by in Art Photography.

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