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Since 2012, more photographs have been made each year than in the entire history of photography, which spans some 170 years. An almost inconceivable mass of technically produced images are shot, filtered, uploaded, liked, shared, and deleted on social media platforms at incredible speed. Studies indicate that communication between young people today consists to a large extent of images posted on apps and websites. These images, particularly those that are electronically produced and disseminated, are becoming the new vernacular. Umberto Eco had predicted two decades ago that we were entering a new emblematic age of visual communication involving photographs and electronic images. Against this backdrop, Urs Stahel will unpack elementary questions about the role of the image today, including: How do we perceive photography? How do we present it? What is a photograph and how does it function? What effect can it have on us? And how, in a world so complex, are we able to be photo literate? This lecture by Stahel – currently curator of MAST (Manifattura di Arti, Sperimentazione e Tecnologia) in Bologna, visiting fellow of the University of Arts in London, and an adviser to the art collection of Vontobel in Switzerland – is organized in conjunction with “Ilit Azoulay: Regarding Silences,” currently on view at the Center.

This event will be held in English and it is supported by Pro Helvetia and the Embassy of Switzerland in Israel.

Image by Urs Stahel

Lecture | In Praise of Visual Literacy by Urs Stahel

April 10, 2019



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