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Research Seminar with Charlotte Cotton - 23 March

Long-tailed-crowd-sourced-socially-enterprising-game-playing-platform-sensitive-open-sourced-world. Charlotte Cotton is the creative director of the Media Space - a partnership between the Science Museum and the National Media Museum that will open in London in 2012.

Charlotte Cotton began her curatorial practice in the early 1990s, at the start of a growing wave of institutional interest in photography as contemporary art. Concomitant to this cultural ascendance of photography, was the increasing programmatic role photography played in the 1990s and 2000s to create popular visitor-number draws to cultural institutions. In this research seminar, Cotton talks about curating photography and photographic issues in the profoundly transformed landscape of today where the literal majority of images and photography's social meanings get created without the support or necessary validation of cultural institutions and considers how museums and galleries could reframe their engagements with photography.

The History of Photography research seminar series aims to be a discursive platform for the discussion and dissemination of current research on photography. From art as photography and early photographic technology to ethnographic photographs and contemporary photography as art, the seminar welcomes contributions from researchers across the board, whether independent or affiliated with museums, galleries, archives, libraries or higher education, and endeavours to provide scholars with a challenging opportunity to present work in progress and test out new ideas.

Wednesday, 23 March 2011
5.30pm, Courtauld Institute, Somerset House, Research Forum South Room

Alexandra Moschovi ( )
Julian Stallabrass ( ), or
Benedict Burbridge ( )

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