Institut Jean Nicod

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David Davies (McGill University)


Vendredi 23 mai 2014 de 11h30 à 13h

Institut Jean Nicod, Pavillon Jardin, Ecole Normale Supérieure, 29, rue d'Ulm 75005. Salle de réunion, RDC.

David Davies (McGill University)

"Agency, automatism, and the possibility of photographic art"

I begin by offering a general model for thinking about how artworks are sorted by reference to their mediums. I then define in terms of this model the idea of photographic art. I argue that, while (contra certain theorists) there is no general problem with the latter idea, only some of the contemporary artworks that present themselves in galleries as photographs are works of photographic art so construed. I conclude by bringing this model to bear upon current debates about the photographic status of digital images.