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DO IMAGES DREAM OF SEEING?



Imagine that images are living organisms, freely traversing the internet. They reproduce, they communicate with each other and they adapt their digital bodies to the needs and expectations of the human observer. But what do they really want? Is Mitchell right, in writing that photographs desire to be observed? What do they dream of, when no one’s there to see them? How do they rest? Does the visual environment have its own biology?

The project is a visual and thought experiment that tries to move posthuman ideas into the digital image world. The resulting works – objects, photographs and installations – are the product of in-depth observation of photographic images and assumption of their subjectivity, enabling them to undertake activities that exist independently of the ability of people to recognize, explore and understand.

Do Images Dream of Seeing?, Ruska 48 Gallery, TIFF Fotofestival, Wroclaw (PL), 2017.

Project won TIFF OPEN in 2017, an open competition of the Festival dedicated to photographers and creators using the medium of photography. Each of the laureates was assigned a curator who cooperated to prepare the exhibition. I had a pleasure to work with Agnieszka Pajączkowska. Click here to read more.

Works:
Flashback. The first Image, C-print, 13x12 cm 
In the Image and Likeness, a model on a scale of 1:472 and UV print on a metal cube Tautological Objects, objects and prints in various sizes
What Do Images Want? projection, 39:35 min (paraphrase of excerpts from the Posthuman by Rosi Braidotti)
Updated Edition of The Story of Art by Gombrich, 12 pigment prints on photo rag, 26,5 x 36 cm and 26,5 x 69 cm
Witek Orski's Photo, pigment print, Hahnemühle Photo Rag, dibond, 80 x 60 cm, Digigraphie Certificate, edition: 1/1