Urban Encounters is pleased to announce its eighth annual conference focusing on street-based urban photographic practices. As part of a wider programme of events around London exploring critical ideas addressing how ‘the street’ might be experienced, imagined, represented, performed and archived; Urban Encounters hosts a number of international artists, photographers, urbanists and academics concerned with theorizing, researching and creating visual work around street spaces.
The conference panels re-examine what is traditionally understood by the genre of ‘street photography’, an increasingly popular but also highly contentious and at times, problematic set of practices. Speakers discuss issues relating to aesthetics; the politics and ethics of street-work; notions of locality and flow; performativity, mediation and the disruption of ‘authenticity’.
Friday’s conference is followed by Urban Photo Fest opening reception.
The second day of the conference also includes a series of breakout seminars led by speakers and film screenings designed to encourage audience participation within research, theory and visual practice, which aim to build upon the conference presentations and audience discussions. These seminars can be booked below.
Keynote addresses on each day come from photographer Rut Blees Luxemburg and sociologist Saskia Sassen.