Lecture series

Digital Materialities. Digital Practices and the Photographic Archive

In the last ten years, with initiatives such as the international conference series "Photo Archives" and the collaborative project "Photo Objects", the Photothek of the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz has promoted research and reflections on the materiality of documentary photographs and on photo archives as ecosystems, participating in the debate also with the "Florence Declaration – Recommendations for the Preservation of Analogue Photo Archives". In the current institutional situation still characterized by the rhetoric of the so-called digital revolution and dematerialization, however, it is more and more necessary to approach also the question of the materiality of digital photographic and archival practices, highlighting the continuities between different photographic and archival technologies over time. This lecture series wishes to offer a contribution to this emerging discussion.

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12 September 2018
Estelle Blaschke (Université de Lausanne)
The Datafication of Images

15 October 2018
Paolo S. H. Favero (Universiteit Antwerpen)
In the Presence of an Image: Reflections on Truth and Wonder in a Digitised World

27 November 2018
Nina Lager Vestberg (Norwegian University of Science and Technology)
Materialities and Temporalities of Digital Research Practices: Recording, Reading, Writing


Lectures take place at 6pm.

12 September – 27 November 2018

Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz - Max-Planck-Institut

Palazzo Grifoni Budini Gattai
Via dei Servi 51
50122 Firenze


This event will be documented photographically and/or recorded on video. Please let us know if you do not agree with the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz using images in which you might be recognizable for event documentation and public relation purposes (e.g. social media).


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