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EMOP – European Month of Photography Berlin

Programm Opening Days

Drawing with light – that’s what photography means in the original sense of the word. Light is the key ingredient in the photographic image. As a technical innovation, photography is unsurpassed in its magic—and in its ability to change human perception forever. Along with light, time is the other decisive element in the emergence and passing of the photographic image. Exposure times that are too short or too long cause photographs to change. Photographs age, they are ephemeral, and they always make reference to something that existed in the past. Then and now, this paradox is what defines the magic of photography. Since the invention of the medium, photographers and photography theorists have been preoccupied with the aspects of light, time and speed. With the advent of digital photography, computer generated imagery (CGI), internet, smart phones, and social media, our perception of time and space has radically changed. The EMOP Opening Days 2018 are devoted to the central themes of photography: light and time, and with it to the question of what photography will look like in the twenty-first century. The program of events, curated by Felix Hoffmann and Ann-Christin Bertrand, will feature talks and panels with internationally renowned photographers, curators, media experts, and journalists, accompanied by performances, music acts, workshops for adults, children and teenagers, and Photobook: RESET.

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FRI 28 SEP 2018 . 19:00—01:00


OPENING
EMOP – European Month of Photography 2018
and the exhibitions
Back to the Future . The 19th Century in the 21st Century
and Nicholas Nixon . Life Work

Music Acts
19:00 Die Schlagzeugmafia
20:30 The Jooles
22:00 DJ Claas Brieler . Jazzanova


SAT 29 SEP 12:00—01:00


12:00 . ARTIST TALK (English)
Martin Parr, Artist (UK)
Andrea Thilo, Journalist (D)
Martin Parr is one of the most influential photographers working today. His honest and unvarnished photographs document societal realities and the intersection of kitsch and consumerism in our everyday life. Parr is fascinated by bright, saturated colors and by both quirky and banal details, displaying a gaze that is often critical and always ironic. Together with Andrea Thilo he will offer an exclusive take on his work and career as photographer for iconic Magnum Photos agency.

14:00 . PANEL (English)
Back from the Future
Armen Avanessian, Philosopher (A)
Doris Gassert, Curator, Fotomuseum Winterthur (CH)
Anke Hennig, Author + Researcher, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London (DE)
The Past is unpredictable: With the advent of the digital age, we can no longer be certain of whether a photographic image points to something in the past. Neither light nor celluloid can give us any guarantee that what we see in a photograph has really existed. What is more, in this age of digital acceleration, smart environments and preemptive control, the future has a bigger impact than the past. The panel addresses how photographic temporality can join forces with the future and how it can counter technocratic fantasies of controlling our future through images. Are there progressive “preemptive” images? How can we bring them from the future into the present day in order to gain political agency? And how can we embrace the promise of an open past presented to us in an image that comes back from the future? The panel is a collaboration by C/O Berlin and Fotomuseum Winterthur as part of SITUATIONS.

16:00 PANEL (English) . Catching Light
Sylvia Ballhause, Artist (D)
Claus Gunti, Researcher, ECAL – École Cantonale d‘Art de Lausanne (CH)
Nicolai Howalt, Artist (DK)
Katja Müller-Helle, Researcher, Freie Universität Berlin (D)
Drawing with light – that’s what photography means in the original sense of the word. Light is the key ingredient in the photographic image. Exposure times that are too short or too long cause photographs to change. Light lost none of its fascination and as photographic subject matter—either for photographers back then or for contemporary artists today. In the nineteenth century, these photographs were taken primarily for research and scientific purposes, but today young artists are discovering light as a field of photographic experimentation.

12:00—18:00 PERFORMANCE (English) . Fusée de la Motographie
Vincen Beeckman, Künstler / Artist (B)
100 wooden boxes, over 1,000 photographs and hidden stories, pictures of people, animals, and landscapes, passport photographs, photo strips, color portraits, historical portraits, street scenes and everyday photographs, faded Polaroids—as albums, portfolios, series, and individual pieces. Vincen Beekman has assembled each box individually, inviting artists such as Max Pinckers, Bieke Depoorter, and Vincent Delbrouck to contribute images and put together their own boxes. In his performance, Beeckman actively invites the audience to undertake an individual investigation of his mobile photography museum, sparking reflection on alternative forms for today’s museum

18:00 PANEL (English) . PHOTOBOOK: RESET
Bruno Ceschel, Curator + Director, Self Publish, Be Happy (UK)
with experts and guests
On the occasion of the EMOP Opening Days of the European Month of Photography Berlin 2018, C/O Berlin gave Carte Blanche to Bruno Ceschelwho created Photobook: RESET as an innovative new format on the subject of the future of the photobook. From September 29 to 30, 2018 a range of workshops and
panels will take place with six internationally renowned experts and professionals from media, science, arts and culture, and thirty invited special guests at C/O Berlin in the Amerika Haus at Hardenbergstrasse 22–24, 10623 Berlin. For Photobook: RESET, thirty interested participants from the public will have the chance to take part in the program.

MUSIC ACTS
19:00 Stereochemestry
21:00 Mouse on Mars


SUN 30 SEP 12:00—19:00


12:00 ARTIST TALK (English)
Jaya Pelupessy,  Artist (NL)
Spiros Hadjidjanos, Artist (GR)
Caroline von Courten, Author + Researcher (NL)
Jaya Pelupessy and Spiros Hadjidjanos are young international artists taking part in the Back to the Future . The 19th Century in the 21st Century exhibition at C/O Berlin. They and their work represent a new generation of highly experimental artists combining analog and digital working methods as well as historical and contemporary technologies in order to discover new hybrid means of photographic representation.

14:00 PANEL (English) . Sensing Time
Peter Geimer, Art Historian, Freie Universität Berlin (D)
Dominik Schrey, Author + Researcher, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (D)
Douglas Mandry, Artist (CH)
Sara Hillnhütter, Researcher, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (D)
Along with light, time is the other decisive element in the emergence and passing of the photographic image. Photographs age—they are ephemeral. They always make reference to something that existed in the past. Then and now, this paradox is what defines the magic of photography. Since the invention of the medium, photographers and photography theorists have been preoccupied with the aspect of time. Our perception of time has changed in the twenty-first century with the advent of digital photography, computer generated imageries, the compression of time and space on the internet. What will photography look like in the future? Which different temporal categories for the photographic image should we develop?

16:00 FINAL ASSEMBLY (English) . PHOTOBOOK: RESET
Bruno Ceschel, Curator + Director, Self Publish, Be Happy (UK)
with experts and guests
On the occasion of the EMOP Opening Days of the European Month of Photography Berlin 2018, C/O Berlin gave Carte Blanche to Bruno Ceschelwho created Photobook: RESET as an innovative new format on the subject of the future of the photobook. From September 29 to 30, 2018 a range of workshops and
panels will take place with six internationally renowned experts and professionals from media, science, arts and culture, and thirty invited special guests at C/O Berlin in the Amerika Haus at Hardenbergstrasse 22–24, 10623 Berlin. For Photobook: RESET, thirty interested participants from the public will have the chance to take part in the program.

18:00 . ARTIST TALK (English)
Nicholas Nixon,  Artist (USA)
Melinda Crane,  Journalist (D)
Nicholas Nixon’s long-running project “The Brown Series” is regarded as one of the American photographer’s best-known and most important works. The series draws its power from its intimate take on the repeating subject: a group portrait of Nixon’s wife Bebe and her three sisters. The artist has explored the topics of seriality and time in his photography for over 40 years. Nixon’s unmistakable oeuvre is characterized by the tension between a cool approach and an aesthetic perception. Together with Melinda Crane, he will talk about his oeuvre and retrospective at C/O Berlin.

EDUCATION

12:00—18:00
WORKSHOPS
8—14 Jahre / Years

Fotogramme / Photograms
MALEN MIT LICHT / PAINTING WITH LIGHT
Dunkelkammer / Darkroom

Street Art / Street Art
TAPE ART

Trickfilm / Cartoon
ANIMATIONSFILM / ANIMATED FILM