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Begin 7 pm
Ticket 10/6 Euro (incl. exhibition) . Available online (plus booking fee) and at C/O Berlin
With Estelle Blaschke and Armin Linke
Moderation Ann-Christin Bertrand . Curator at C/O Berlin
Language English

Billions of digital photos are produced and archived worldwide every day. Not only has digital technology generated a deluge of images; it has also changed the nature of photography itself. Photographs today are hybrid objects composed of pixels and metadata that are processed and shared using computers, mobile phones, and the Internet. Photography’s widespread accessibility has made it the material of the future for a new generation of photo agencies, tech firms, and social platforms. Digital technologies allow pictures to be analyzed, filtered, processed, and checked. The resulting images provide important information about the world they depict and also play a central role in the development of artificial intelligence. The lecture-performance Image Capital, a joint project of artist Armin Linke and photographic historian Estelle Blaschke, brings together microfilm and science fiction, photo archives and databases, image rights and cryptocurrencies, and shows that photography is a fundamental part of myriad social, economic and cultural practices beyond the realm of art.

Armin Linke (b. 1966) lives and works in Berlin and Milan. As a photographer, he combines diverse media and photographic practices to explore the boundaries between fiction and reality. Linke engages with archival modes of presentation and with concepts of urbanity, architecture, and space as well as anthropogenic interactions. Linke works on collaborative projects with artists, historians, designers, architects, and scientists to develop artistic works and exhibitions that fuse disparate narratives and discourses. Armin Linke has been a Research Affiliate at the MIT Visual Arts Program Cambridge, a Guest Professor at the IUAV Arts and Design University in Venice, and a Professor of Photography at the HfG Karlsruhe.

Estelle Blaschke (b. 1976) lives and works in Berlin and Lausanne. She teaches history and the theory of photography at ECAL (Ecole cantonale d’art de Lausanne) and is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Swiss National Science Foundation at the University of Lausanne, where her work engages with concepts of photography as an information technology. Her book Banking on Images: The Bettmann Archive and Corbis was published by Spector Books in 2016. She is Co-Editor of the photographic magazine Transbordeur. Photographie Histoire Société and writes regularly on photography and other subjects for Camera Austria International.