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2021 SPE Annual Conference: Imagining Legacy: Archives, Collections, and Memoria

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Edward Bateman

Forgotten Histories & Mechanical Memories: Constructing the Past

Friday, October 17 - 2:45PM to 3:15PM
Room 1-010

Through a use of constructed and often anachronistic imagery, Edward Bateman creates allegedly historical artifacts that examine our belief in the photograph as a reliable witness. His extensive use of 3D digital modeling allows him to create seemingly tangible objects that inhabit these photographic worlds. In his series Mechanical Brides of the Uncanny, he uses automatons to recall that moment when objects of our own creation first looked back at us. In Science Rends the Veil, he re-examines and reconstructs the history of 19th century spirit photography, and its quest to find proof of life after death.

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