HISK, Charles de Kerchovelaan 187a, 9000, Gent
Tuesday, 30 April 2019, 19:00
HISK OPEN LECTURE
Lecture followed by a conversation with Martin Germann.
The Open Lecture by David Claerbout is fully booked
HISK invites you for a lecture by David Claerbout about Dark Optics. During the age of the lens, we perceived an analogy of our surroundings, automatically. Photography functioned as a checks-and-balances system, at least conceptually, because it was something you would “capture.” You could—theoretically—subcontract the purpose of a picture to a mere accident of having been there. It made the photograph self-justified. That is now gone, and instead we have a reduction in the diversity of the perceived world, a perception through information that is made to measure. This change in register announces itself like an unavoidable technical evolution—as did the transition from analog to digital—but has far-reaching consequences that will make photography a clearly closed historical chapter. One might refer to this evolution as a dark optics, in which images will no longer be a record of something in reality but exist solely as a mental phenomenon.
Image: David Claerbout, sketch, 2019. Courtesy Studio David Claerbout.
David Claerbout is one of the most innovative and acclaimed artists working in the realm of moving images today, his oeuvre exists at the intersection of photography, film and digital technology. More info
Martin Germann is senior curator at S.M.A.K., the Municipal Museum of Contemporary Art in Ghent, Belgium, since autumn 2012. More info
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