Photographing Virtual Spaces

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Roc Herms, from Postcards From Home, 2013

Computer screens play an increasingly important role in our lives today. Social interactions now are mostly conducted on social networking platforms: we chat with our families on Whatsapp, we look for love on Tinder, and we find friends through online games. Photo-realistic avatars, complex algorithms and other such phenomena are at the root of the radical transformation taking place in the contemporary practice of photography. How do photographers define themselves in these virtual spaces?

Simone Niquille, Roc Herms and Alan Butler will lead three concurrent day-long workshops that will be open to professionals in the field of photography. Under the guidance of these three artists, participants will use photography to explore the virtual world and to examine the notions of representation and identity.

The results of the workshops will then be exhibited during the festival. Photographing Virtual Spaces is organized in cooperation with the SITUATIONS programme of the Fotomuseum Winterthur. The workshop will also be shown on the website of the Fotomuseum Winterthur under the heading SITUATIONS/Follower.  

Date and time
May 5, 2018, 10:00 am–6:00 pm at the Schule für Gestaltung Bern und Biel/Ecole d’Arts Visuels Berne et Bienne. The workshops will be conducted in English.

The workshops are free, but registration is required (open until April 30, 2018).

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Exhibition Photographing Virtual Spaces: May 6–27, 2018


Simone Niquille (CH) is a designer and researcher who investigates the representation of identity and the digitisation of biomass in the networked space of appearance. She holds a BFA in Graphic Design from Rhode Island School of Design and an MA in Visual Strategies from the Sandberg Instituut Amsterdam. She currently teaches Design Research at ArtEZ University of the Arts Arnhem. She is a 2016 Fellow of Het Nieuwe Instituut Rotterdam, recipient of the talent development grant by The Creative Industries NL 2016/2017 and contributor to the Dutch Pavilion of the Venice Architecture Biennale 2018.

Alan Butler's (IE) work often conceptually reflects and refracts the inner-workings of the internet, the implications of new media technology, and the politics of appropriation. He received his MFA from LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore (2009) and BA in Fine Art from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin (2004). Most recently his work, exhibited internationally, explores the possibilities of using video game environments as platforms for art production.

Roc Herms (ES) discovers photography as a tool for learning 28 years after Gary Thurek and his assistant Carl Gartley send the first SPAM. Combining it with his interest in the Internet, video games and parallel realities, Herms proves his passion for technology and his need to take a step further in the photographic practice. “Postcards From Home” and “” are two long term projects that explore the lives we live inside the computer. “Hacer Pantallazo” is an intimate diary made with screenshots, a capture process Herms ends up understanding as the ultimate step in the digitalisation of photography.