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Call for Papers: The Versatile Image 24-26 June 2011, University of Sunderland. The 21st century digital universe is undoubtedly a “hypervisual” environment with photographic images dominating every aspect of our life. The “digital revolution”, as professed with awe and skepticism some twenty years ago, has come to stay, and, together with the developments in mobile-phone technology and the overwhelming possibilities of Web 2.0, has ushered in a rapid transformation of photographic practice across the board.
What are the ontological, conceptual or other commonalities and/or differences with photography as we knew it?
What novel currency does the photographic vernacular acquire against the new contexts of viewing and (re)distribution that social networking media and photo-sharing platforms offer? Where is the line between the private and the public drawn and what is the social currency of such private imagery?
What is the new urgency that the eye-witness record taken by “citizen journalists” has acquired in reporting news events among peers and targeting a wider public?
How are issues of objectivity, subjectivity, authenticity and originality relating to the document being challenged anew?
How can this predominantly non-art imagery be appropriated in material and conceptual terms in contemporary art practices?
Can these amateur practices be conventionalized and/or institutionalized in the mass media and the art scene?
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