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The University of YouTube: the medium, the user, photography and the search for really useful knowledge.

September 2016

This short text is the result of an attempt to understand photographic theory by YouTube, which took the shape of an online errand of forking paths, full of interesting digressions, leading of course everywhere and nowhere.

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Bursting The Filter Bubble of Photoshop Tutorials

September 2016

As an artist using 3D animation software, much of my work comes in trying to introduce noise, dirt and detail into sterile, mathematically derived images. CGI wants to be photographic. Conversely, Adobe Photoshop is anchored to the photographic realm but strives to efface it.

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How to photograph onion skins.

September 2016

What is success? In the past, a successful photographic career led ultimately to a monograph or a retrospective. Let’s unbox one.

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“The cat sits on the bed”, Pedagogies of vision in human and machine learning.

September 2016

Our shares and likes, our annotations and social metadata are training a generation of AI agents. Everyday, we are already all teaching bots and algorithms how to look at images. If we consider the extent of our relationship with algorithms, we realise the magnitude of the effort of teaching and learning that is taking place.

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Internet Photography

November 2016

Photography of the Internet extends to unprecedented social fields and challenges of social norms for questioning cultural, economic and ethical values of photos circulating within the networks.

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AZ: MOVE AND GET SHOT

November 2016

A net-based work created entirely by algorithms that have been automatically collecting images of six surveillance cameras placed on the US/Mexico Border from 2011 until 2014.

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Through Non-Human Eyes

November 2016

The steadiness and endurance of the camera’s gaze produces the strong sense that the camera is something other than an extension of the eye: it is a sensor, a monitor, a machine for being with and in the world.

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Listening to a Face

November 2016

“The truth is written all over our faces” was a tagline for Lie to Me, a procedural drama on network television several years ago.

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Ways of Machine Seeing

November 2016

“The relation between what we see and what we know is never settled.”

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Artifact Readers: pixelated revelations, glitch augury and low-res millenarianism in the age of conspiracy theory

February 2017

These images, drawn from films made by members of the YouTube conspiracy theorist community, are presented as evidence for the radically heterodox alternate worldviews of their original creators.

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Hidden in Plain Sight: The Steganographic Image

February 2017

Who knows what went into an image, what it includes and what it hides? This is not merely a question of fine art historical importance of materials, or even media historical intrigue of chemistry but one of steganography - hiding another meaningful pattern, perhaps a message, in data; inside text or an image.

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Soft Power / Hard Meme

February 2017

In early 2016, @RussianEmbassy, the verified Twitter account from the Russian Embassy in the UK, sent an image to the Russian Ministry of Defence via Twitter, warning that ‘Extremists near Aleppo received several truckloads of chemical ammo.' On further inspection, rather than a matter of urgency, it became immediately apparent that these were neither extremist trucks, nor was it in fact an actual photograph of real trucks at all.

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Where someone said they saw some smoke, there very well may be no fire.

February 2017

For the (conspiracy) theorist, the beauty of images is that they have the power to become simultaneously a source of proof and doubt. Look again, don’t you see that? There it is. Gone.

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Imgexhaust

August 2016

A tumblr from The Photographers' Gallery exploring photography, automation and computation. Follow imgexhaust on tumblr

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