Contemporary Photographic Interventions
New technical developments, floods of images and blurring boundaries between reality and fiction: the exhibition series with/against the flow. Contemporary Photographic Interventions selected photographic positions of artists living in Germany in which new forms of visual reality are used to question our society of the spectacle. The frequently invoked flood of images in these works is both a tool and an object of investigation. Intervention in the photographic material or in the external reality thereby links the diverse positions.
#1 Viktoria Binschtok and #2 Michael Schäfer
The series starts with the artists Viktoria Binschtok and Michael Schäfer. Their works reflect the visual worlds of the media and the "Digital Turn". While Schäfer analyses news and entertainment images, Binschtok explores the new channels and ways in which images function in the digital age. By these means, they continue the increased interest in the mass media taken by the arts since the 1970s.
The constellation of the works by Viktoria Binschtok and Michael Schäfer traces an arc between self-made and independent visual forms, between present and future potentials of our visual world. Binschtok and Schäfer process media images further and shift the deliberate structures of reception. In this way, they work out the latent potential of the images. These interventions render the ready-made reality of the media visible and the looming autonomy of images emerges in a future reign of digital algorithms.
Viktoria Binschtok and Michael Schäfer are going to hold a workshop on site.
Florian Ebner has been head of the Photography Department of the Centre Pompidou in Paris since 2017. Before this, the art historian was Director of the Photographic Collection at the Folkwang Museum in Essen. In 2015, Ebner was the curator of the German Pavilion at the International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia.
Christin Müller is a freelance curator and author from Leipzig. In 2017, together with Florian Ebner and others, she curated the 1st Biennale for Contemporary Photography in Mannheim, Heidelberg and Ludwigshafen.