Panel discussion chaired by Dr Alison Rooke
Mark Pimlott, Diego Ferrari, Bridget Smith
This event explores how the artistic medium of photography can be used as a tool to represent the architectural. Our selected panel all share a fascination with the subject of civic space. We invite them to speak about the significance of civic space to their practice, share their particular approach in recording civic spaces, and come to see how each of them generate new spaces within their photographs. We will consider the strengths and limits of photography in terms of what it can, and what it cannot, represent about civic space.
Bridget Smith photographs the architecture of entertainment, environments created principally for the consumption of pleasure. In her book, 'Society' she photographs the interiors of clubs and associations in London. These quiet spaces, devoid of people raise questions about community, belonging and our need to seek refuge from everyday life.
Diego Ferrari uses specially converted cameras to document civic space. His photography is not only a tool by which he mediates reality, it is also a vehicle for a critical exploration of notions of public space, the individual and the collective, culture and identity.
Mark Pimlott makes photographs of a âcontinuous interior': its empty lots, malls, corporate lobbies, institutions, ruins, remains, its real or re-staged Edenic landscapes. He pictures the representations of a designed, condensed, interiorised world, infused with ideology, hope and failure.
Dr Alison Rooke is a visual sociologist whose teaching and research is concerned with the dynamics of participation in a variety of urban contexts including collaborative art, urban planning, and the more informal spaces of citizenship
and community in the city.
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