Wednesday, 3 December 2008

The Brighton Photo Biennial Conference

Date: Saturday 15th November
MEMORY OF FIRE: the War of Images and Images of War

Programmed by Julian Stallabrass, Brighton Photo Biennial 2008 Guest Curator, organised by Brighton Photo Biennial and supported by the University of Brighton, this important event brings together internationally renowned photographers, media theorists and art historians to discuss the production, exhibition and distribution of images of war, referencing historical and contemporary photography.

This is a serious opportunity to explore BPB 2008 through a range of related disciplines and with a focus on photojournalism and contemporary photographic practice.

The conference, Memory of Fire: the War of Images and Images of War, like the Biennial sets out to examine the vast changes that have taken place in the making and use of images of conflict since the last great 'media war', in Vietnam.

Conference Themes and Key Questions/Issues
Among the major themes are:
• What changes are brought about in the use and memory of images by their new ease of making and circulation?
• How do these images change when seen in so many rapidly changing and antithetical contexts?
• Does the plethora of conflict images in the new media realm work against the emergence of highly memorable key images that seem to summarise an event (as famously pictures by Nick Ut, Eddie Adams and Philip Jones Griffiths did for Vietnam)?
• How have artists responded to the changed media landscape, particularly in placing large-format images of conflict on museum walls?

Saturday 15th November

9.30am - Convene

9.45am - Welcome address – Helen Cadwallader, BPB Executive Director

9.50am - Julian Stallabrass (Courtauld Institute of Art and BPB 2008 Guest Curator) introduces the themes of BPB 2008 Memory of Fire: the War of Images and Images of War and the conference.

10.00am - Paper presentations: Hilary Roberts (Head of Collections Management, Imperial War Museum, London) and Eyal Weizman (architect, writer and curator)

11.15am - Break

11.45 - Artist Presentations: Simon Norfolk (artist, BPB 2008 exhibiting at De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea), Broomberg and Chanarin (artists, BPB 2008 exhibiting at De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea) and Harriet Logan (artist, BPB 2008 exhibiting at the Independent Photographers Gallery, Battle) present and discuss their work.

1.15pm - Lunch

2.45pm - Paper presentations: Iain Boal (Historian of technics and the commons and a member of the Retort Collective) and Stefaan Decostere (multi-media and online producer CARGO, curator and artist)

4.15pm - Break

4.45pm - In Conversation: Tom Hickey (Course Leader for the Cultural and Critical Theory MA at University of Brighton) and Julian Stallabrass explore themes of the Biennial.

Conference Chair: Mark Waugh, Executive Director The A Foundation and Co-Founder International Curators Forum.

Conference Venue:
Sallis Benney Theatre
University of Brighton
Grand Parade