Workshop 2: Image Research and its Futures

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50x magnification image of a region on one of the carpet pages in the Lindisfarne Gospels.

Image Research and its Futures
Goldsmiths, University of London
Thursday 19 June 2014 | 11:00 – 17:30

Guest Speakers
Joanna Zylinska, Curator of Photomediations Machine
Verina Gfader, Huddersfield University
Christina Duffy, Imaging Scientist, British Library

The second workshop of the AHRC-funded Looking at Images project explored how we work with images from multiple angles, such as publishing, curation, artistic projects, digitization and archiving. The day was based around a set of presentations on a range of issues concerned with practice and research. Questions were raised about the possibilities of ‘writing with images’, which included a presentation by Verina Gfader on micro interventions in and through the image in artistic and publishing practice. Christina Duffy, an imaging scientist based at the British Library, gave an overview of forms of visibility that imaging techniques currently offer researchers, both in and beyond the arts and humanities. Then Joanna Zylinska offered a critical account of experimentations in the production and curation of images and image- based media, particularly through the use of open source and open-access. Such platforms, including for example Photomediations Machine, open a space for discussion, questions, and the sharing of new knowledges. A similar ethos for open debate was reflected in the second part of the day, when potential projects and strategies of looking, writing, and working with images were shared among the participants. Tentative thoughts for contributions to the e-book were presented, common interests were discovered, and ideas for collaboration emerged.