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Images with Agency: Towards a Speculative Glossary


18/03/21 5pm

This online event takes place on 18 March 5pm GMT.
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Join artist Heba Y. Amin, professor Sabine Bitter and SFU third-year visual art students for a virtual tour through the new exhibition Images that Take, Images that Give. Using a glossary of terms which describes the politics of imagery within frameworks such as archives, surveillance, technology, and perception, the exhibition investigates tactics and technologies that artists use to create, produce and circulate them.

This speculative terminology delineates notions of, for example, the ‘operational image’ and the ‘militant image’ will be extended by Laura U. Marks’ reflection on the ‘talisman image’, alongside Heba Y. Amin and Anthony Downey’s investigation of the ‘counter-operational image’. The presentation of the exhibition and glossary will be followed by a conversation between Sabine Bitter, Laura U. Marks, Heba Y. Amin and Anthony Downey on post-digital technologies and other ways of seeing.

As a curatorial framework and site of research, the exhibition examines and critiques digital methodologies for artistic practice and knowledge production. Under the mentorship of Audain resident artist Heba Y. Amin, professor Sabine Bitter, and MFA candidate Aakansha Ghosh, the third-year visual arts cohort at SFU have developed artworks that question the conditions and environments of their production – especially since this class project has been realized via digital tools like email and Zoom.

Heba Y. Amin has been using her exhibition When I see the future, I close my eyes at The Mosaic Rooms as a case study with students at Simon Fraser University. This event is presented by SFU’s School for the Contemporary Arts and the Audain Visual Artist in Residence and co-presented as part of the public programme of When I see the future, I close my eyes, curated by Anthony Downey.


Image: Photo & Design by Daniel Lin and Debbie Chan. Courtesy of the artists.

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