The Centre brings together a group of researchers who are seeking new knowledge and understanding of how network and computational culture has and is changing the production and reception of art and photography.
The Networked Image
The history of media shows the developmental paths travelled by technologies and mediums on their way to becoming established and settled. In the 20th century, photography, film and television emerged as dominant modes, whilst earlier experiments, such as the zograscope, zoopraxiscope or even the stereoscope became historical curiosities.
Looking at the emergent media of the Internet from the perspective of when old media was new reminds us that what we now define as the digital equivalents of analogue media are far from settled. What defines network media is precisely the sense that it is permanently under construction, ephemeral, if not fugitive by nature. For us the term networked image is a temporary place-holder for a set of contemporary practices, platforms, software and computer programmes which are reconfiguring the visual and sonic in culture and shifting settled notions of temporality, movement and space.
The centre seeks serious answers and solutions to pressing problems of visual communication in our time. The Internet, computer networks and digital technologies have transformed the environment of knowledge and information as well as everyday life. Research into the uses and impact of computer visualisation systems and their affects upon society is in its infancy and the centre will provide a focus for the evaluation of existing work as well as defining new questions for future research programmes
The centre has four related research topics, photography, performance, curation and archives, which are reflected in the projects undertaken. Research specialisms include art theory, art practice, art history, curation, performance, photography, sociology of culture and cultural and media studies. The centre places a strong emphasis upon embedded, collaborative and co-creation approaches to research. It actively encourages empirical fieldwork and research approaches and seeks methodologies to connect policy, practice and theory.
Collaboration with The Photographers’ Gallery
The centre is involved in a collaborative partnership with The Photographers’ Gallery, working with the Digital Programme. Over the next three years the partnership will involve collaboration on PhD supervision, participation in the Unthinking Photography platform and curating projects for the Media Wall.