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David Tomas

Symposium
Datum: 
Saturday 27 march 2010
Tidpunkt: 
14:00

The practice of a marginal history: Postphotography Beyond and Between the Photographic Image.

This presentation, which is focused on my practice, will discuss an alternative or marginal history/theory of photography, an alternative that is broadly rooted in processes of production and an anthropology of transcultural space as opposed to products such as individual photographs. The axis of this presentation is the relationship and movement between theory and practice, and in particular the movement between a ritual theory of photographic production and the production of complementary visual works (not illustrative of that theory but experimental articulations and extensions of it). The presentation will conclude (if time permits) with a brief discussion of a series of recent HD animation loops that explore alternative (uchronic) histories implicated in arbitrary grouping of photographs. The animations are structured in terms of a transversal reading of the influence of experimental/materialist film on a history of contemporary art and are conceived to raise questions about the uchronic place of film in an late form of postphotographic practice that has returned to the question of individual images and their interrelationships, but in a way that sidesteps the question of each image's individual historical identity while nevertheless taking it into account through a transultural reading of the cinematic function of the Vertovian interval.

David Tomas is an artist and anthropologist whose conceptually oriented multimedia and photographic works explore the cultures and transcultures of imaging systems. He has exhibited in Canada, the United States, Europe and the Middle East. Tomas is the author of Beyond the Image Machine: A History of Visual Technologies, (2004), A Blinding Flash of Light: Photography Between Disciplines and Media (2004), and Transcultural Space and Transcultural Beings (1996). He is currently terminating a book to be published by NSCAD University Press on the links between Dziga Vertov, Michael Snow, and Harun Farocki.