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Meggan Gould & Evan Hume

Image Makers Presentations

Related Members: Meggan Gould, Evan Hume

Meggan Gould: Sorry, No Pictures

A presentation of a new book project entwining text and photographic practice. Gould will discuss the process of making the book and the importance (and terror) of vulnerability. She will perform a reading of sections of the book and share the underlying work. The book is an open dissection of vision and photo geekery in the context of two decades of photographic making and teaching. Gould writes about machines, mothering, messes, travel, ink stains, open boxes of photosensitive paper, bird-watching, influences, language, clogged nozzles, clocks, teaching, humility, and labor. Gould writes about places where technology fails us, or where we fail technology. This book represents her own personal reckoning with the power and pitfalls of the medium.

Evan Hume: Viewing Distance

This presentation will focus on the series Viewing Distance, which compiles and transforms declassified material from US government archives to examine photography as a tool of the military-industrial complex for reconnaissance, surveillance, and documentation of advanced technologies. Viewing Distance combines photographs pertaining to Cold War developments in photographic technologies with contemporary documents and devices, connecting past and present with implications for the future. Processes including analog printing, digital collage, scanner manipulation, and data bending are used to animate the archival material. Through this disruption and layering, historical fragments are presented in a state of flux, open to alternate associations and implications. What we are allowed to know and see is often incomplete and indeterminate, encouraging speculation and critical vision.

Image Makers: Gould+Hume

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