It is hard to imagine life without smartphones. We use them everywhere, on plazas and in public buildings, in museums, cinemas and even our bedrooms. Every minute, smartphones are used to create billions of new photos – images that not only depict the world around us, but also ourselves. The digital world mirrors reality and reality mirrors the digital world. Not only are smartphones fundamentally changing our social interaction with each other, but also the visual aesthetics of the digital age.
The project “Smart as Photography” examines the still unresolved relationship between the digital and the physical realm. The project begins with a public conference which will address modern smartphone photography and its impact on our image of the world in relation to the history of photography. The conference will be accompanied by an exhibition featuring participating scholars and artists. The exhibition is conceived as both a stand-alone event and a preparatory frame for the conference.
“Smart as Photography” is organised by the Reiss-Engelhorn-Museum and the Contemporary Photography Biennale in Mannheim. The accompanying participative project, developed in cooperation with Rosa Roth, aims to encourage young people to use smartphones for artistic purposes. The conference will be broadcast live via Internet and made accessible on the Biennale website.
Artistic director: Thomas Schirmböck
Artists / researchers: Douglas Busch, David Campany (GB), Forensic Architecture (GB), Dieter M. Gräf, Katrin Koenning (AU), Simon Menner, Rosa Roth, Anastasia Samoylova (RU), Joachim Schmid und Alistair Taylor-Young (GB).