Signal or Noise. The Photographic II

Thursday, December 27, 2018
Signal or Noise. The Photographic II

S.M.A.K. presents the second part of The Photographic, a two - part exhibition that applies an expanded notion of photography, from medium to mentality. Whereas the first part, ‘Other Pictures’ (2017-18) examined the power of the still image, ‘Signal or Noise’ takes a diametrically opposite perspective: our gaze is turned inward and the camera becomes a metaphor for the mechanical, partly non - visual processes that underpin our visual culture.

S.M.A.K. presents the second part of The Photographic, a two - part exhibition that applies an expanded notion of photography, from medium to mentality. Whereas the first part, ‘Other Pictures’ (2017-18) examined the power of the still image, ‘Signal or Noise’ takes a diametrically opposite perspective: our gaze is turned inward and the camera becomes a metaphor for the mechanical, partly non - visual processes that underpin our visual culture.

The exhibition does not contain any photos in the conventional sense, but looks for intersections with other disciplines such as painting and sculpture, installation and new media. With its selection of works by 14 artists, including some that have been newly commissioned, ‘Signal or Noise’ is marked out as an artist ic area of research and experiment. 

In a world where images are constantly being supplied and presented, not a single object or body seems able to escape its photographic destiny.

We increasingly live with and through images, a cultural condition which wename ‘the photographic’. This ceaseless flow of images multiplies perspectives, fragments our attention and seems to be indifferent to the distinction between original and reproduction, author and user, function and outward appearance, active and passive experience.

More about the event is here.

Image on top: Marina Pinsky, Underbelly (Concorde), 2015/2018. Installation view of the exhibition Dyed Channel, Kunsthalle Basel, 2016. Courtesy the artist and Clearing, New York/Brussels.

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