While the photographic production, its reception, and distribution are democratised by digitisation, practices such as “photo-sharing” and “citizen journalism” pluralise the photography medium and promote yet another dematerialisation of authorship. The Post Photography encourages alternative models of authorship such as co-authoring, collaborative creation, and interactivity in which the creative practices promote sharing and commoning in contrast to individual ownership. In this virtue, discourses of originality are de-legitimised and practices of adoption, recycling and remixing are standardised. The desire for immanence and immortality is replaced by a desire for transience and simultaneity. Thus each citizen becomes a photo-journalist; the “first on the scene”.
Momentography of a failure is a participatory research and photography project which seeks to develop a concept of citizenship through practicing forms of appropriation, collaborative research and participatory photography. In a series of workshops, we use a GPS-based Android/iOS smartphone app as a digital archive which enables users to create augmented photographic layer on the world map. We observe particular districts in each city together with experts from different disciplines, artists, urbanists, geographers and residents of the area to explore the Failures by mapping them in a variety of contexts such as urban space, Economy, Labour Rights, Racism, etc. For more information about the workshops please visit the related pages or download the app from Google Play.
The project is funded by Ministerium für Kultur und Wissenschaft des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen, ECCE and IKF.
Momentography of a failure workshop [GELSENKIRCHEN]
©background photo: Land NRW (2018)-Lizenz dl-de/by-2-0