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Theory for photographic action

Project leaders:
Michelle Debat
Paul-Louis Roubert

The research project Theory for photographic action wants to question the notion of Action(s) in relation to a theory of photography struggling with photographic creation.

As a process and image, photography acts and encourages action. It contributes to visual arts as the term is commonly understood: on one hand by reinventing the role of discursivity in contemporary art — thus shifting the question of the author to the actor — and on the other hand by questioning theorization of the term "action" itself using photographic image, in a pragmatic dimension.

Then: "do and make-do" or "what photographs do and what photographs make do" will
be new practical and theoretical issues of photographic action for a new thinking of photography as a theoretical object feeding new practices, forms and projects where it is not only image but also actor.

We will examine those research issues during a one-day conference (2014, ENS Louis Lumière) and an international symposium (2015, MAC/VAL) where theoretical debates will go along with exhibitions from young researchers and artists.

Photo credit: Florentine Charon, Vue d’installation (detail), Pression inversée, 2013, photographs and videos, © Florentine Charon

Labex Arts-H2H

The Laboratory of Excellence in Arts and Human Mediations is part of the “Investments for the future” program since 2011. As part of this program, its members conduct research following three main lines: situations, technologies, hybridization.

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