Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
Jessica Thalmann, In Defense of the Poor Image, 2020
Workshop

MAY 23: In Defense of the Poor Image

May 23, 12–2pm

Please note: G44 online workshops are being offered at a sliding scale with the suggested amounts:
$25 – Non members / $20 – Members / $15 – Non-members/Members with COVID-Reduced Income

Kindly e-mail lfatemi@gallery44.org to sign up for this workshop.

This online workshop re-examines and celebrates the much maligned low-res, pixelated or “poor” image. Based on Hito Steyerl’s text of the same name, in this digital class we will make connections between photographers and artists who glitch, compress, reproduce, rip and remix their images to create something new. Using a video conferencing app, instructor Jessica Thalmann will present a mini-lecture on artist including Nam June Paik, Thomas Ruff, Assaf Shaham, Sara Cwynar, Raymond Boisjoly etc…  Then participants will be guided through the creation of work of art using their own imagery. Technical demonstrations will focus on using a flatbed scanner and other internet-based tools to manipulate, distort and complicate analogue images.

Participants should join the workshop prepared with 5-10 photographs from an archive (family, historical, internet, yard sale, etc. can be digital or darkroom prints, newspaper or magazine images, etc.), scissors, white paper, any special objects/tools/materials you would like to work with, a Flatbed scanner and a computer with Zoom installed.