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Modern Salon
Aug 27, 2015

For the final session of Modern Salon.1, we will look to Nicolas Bourriaud’s curatorial treatise Postproduction to have a conversation at play with a momentum established at the turn of the century.

Bourriaud proposes that “in this new form of culture, which one might call a culture of use or a culture of activity, the artwork functions as the temporary terminal of a network of interconnected elements, like a narrative that extends and reinterprets preceding narratives.”

Modern Salon
Jul 30, 2015

David Lyon suggests that surveillance culture overestimates what technology can do and underestimates what we do to be seen. A naturalized state of surveillance envelops society, making it a basic organizational mode of the 21st century.

Modern Salon
Jun 25, 2015

June 25, 3-5 pm

Using essays from “The Anxiety of Photography” exhibition and catalogue as springboards for an ongoing discussion on photography both in and out of art, participants should read three texts by Matthew Thompson, Anne Ellegood, and Jenelle Porter considering how anxiety and desire relate to the fulfillment of photography.

“The Object Lost and Found,” Matthew Thompson
“The Photographic Paradox,” Anne Ellegood

“Why Red Cabbage?,” Jenelle Porter

Modern Salon
May 28, 2015

Philip-Lorca diCorcia

Modern Salon·1: The Stories of Photography and How Images Form Us

To photograph is to appropriate the thing photographed. It means putting oneself into a certain relation to the world that feels like knowledge—and, therefore, like power. Susan Sontag, On Photography