Kunstuniversität Linz, Audimax, 1. Stock, Domgasse 1, 4020 Linz
The symposium Understanding Photography
on 28. & 29.11. at the University of Arts Linz investigates current trends in photographic practice and education in German-speaking countries. The title is a reference to the ex-hibition ’(Mis)understanding Photography’ (Museum Folkwang 2014), which explored the definitions of photography through the analysis of photographic works and key texts. Aspiring artists and photographers turn to such discourse formats to find orientation beyond their training. The symposium Understanding Photography aims to shine a light on today’s position of artistic-scientific research in the field of photography – in general, but also at various universities. What are the priorities? Which artistic and theoretical discourses currently define photography in the art field?
For two days, international experts from the field of art and theory, artists and curators will explore these questions in the context of lectures, panel discussions and impulse/ artist talks. The conference aims to map preeminent photography schools between Düsseldorf and Leipzig, Cologne and Essen, Winterthur and Vienna, Salzburg and Linz, where two new professorships have been filled recently: Which profiles emerge, which historical lines?
The symposium serves as a starting point for more intensive networking activities be-tween actors in the field of photography in theory, practice and institutions.
The exhibition IN RELATION is planned as a parallel event to the photo symposium. Students of different departments at the University of Arts Linz offer insights into their individual approaches to photography. Their works can be seen at two venues – at gale-rie WHA at Domgasse 1, and at Hidden Space at Hauptplatz, an art space chosen by the students themselves.
The symposium will be held in German, unless otherwise stated.
Exibition IN RELATION parallel to the photosymposium:
12 Artistic Positions: Marko Bukovica, Lilith Erian, Eleonora Hrybniak,Emil Klostermann, Alisa Matern, Sophie Morelli,Melanie Moser, Maximilian Niederer, Florian Reidinger,Severin Standhartinger, Luzia Stempfer, Friederike Weber