Emerging technologies have had a significant impact on photographic representations, as well as on the production, distribution and reception of photographic images. Technologies such as 360-degree photography have expanded the photographic frame and have provided the stage for VR and AR applications. Drones and satellite images have contributed to new visualizations of experiences, understandings and documentations of spaces. Machine-made images such as synthetic images, GANs, and Deep Fakes have entered our visual landscape and have complicated our relationship with reality. As a result of these developments, relevant issues of ethics, agency and power, have equally become more urgent than ever.
The conference aims to address questions relevant to the ways in which emerging technologies, such as 360 photography, artificial intelligence, machine-made images, augmented reality, satellites, drones, etc. influence photographic practices and potentially expand contemporary visualities. Can such technologies “expand” or “limit” the photographic vision and frame? And if so, what are the socio-political, aesthetic, and ethical implications of the use of such technologies in relation to photographic practices? How do emerging technologies impact on our relationship with photographic images, and on the medium of photography in general?