Evita Goze

Week 10 and 11

Posted in photography studies by evitagoze on December 11, 2010

I have been a bit late with my posts, so as my winter break officially starts today (although, I’m in Berlin since Tuesday already) I feel that still have to tell you about my last two weeks.

In Historical and Critical studies we talked about non – place and the generic city and our reading for the week 10 was Andreas Gursky: Photographer of the Generic City by Steven Jacobs (in Exposure). The French cultural theorist Marc Auge (1995) uses the term ‘non – places’ to describe spaces that we increasingly encounter as somehow the same wherever we might happen to be, such as airports and shopping centres, hotels and motorways, produced by ‘late capitalism’ or ‘super modernity’. The lecture considered how photographers have responded to these environments and experiences.

Some of the photographers we looked at:

Andreas GurskySalerno, 1990

Andreas Gursky, Chicago Board of Trade II, 1999

Frank Van Der Salm, Matrix, 2008

Frank Van Der SalmArcade, 2006

Frank Van Der SalmQueue, 2005

Ed Ruscha, from 26 Gasoline Stations, 1963

Catherine Opie, from Mini-Malls, 1997

Dan Holdsworth, Megalith

Steffi Klenz, Pudding Mill Lane from the series A Scape, 2005

For the week 11 we had to read Stars on CCTV: Technology, Visibility and Identity in the Work of Sophie Calle and Annie Ernaux by Edward Welch and talked about the way in which technologies of surveillance have transformed the space and experience of the city.

Sophie CalleThe Hotel

Trevor Paglen, Limit Telephotography


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