If you are in Tallinn, join us for a discussion revolving around the topic ‘Photography in the Expanded Field’. It is a fourth event in the series dedicated to celebrating 20 years anniversary of Photography department at the Estonian Academy of Arts.

Participants: Marge Monko, Maija Rudovska, Hirohisa Koike, and myself. Moderated by Kristel Raesaar.

The event will start at 6pm on October 23rd at EKKM Cafe.
Ice cream served by Chicks on ice cream; music by Dj Marta Vaarik.

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new tools in photography from google to algorithm - vilnius

‘New Tools in Photography: From Google to Algorithm’
Vilnius Photography Gallery / 2018 09 14 – 10 13

Aaron Hegert, James Bridle, Esther Hovers, Mantas Grigaitis, Penelope Umbrico

18.00, September 14
opening sound by Mavros Skylos, ievaie, and yfyf

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Nauji fotografijos irankiai nuo Google iki algoritmo_plakatas_Nida

My curated show ‘New Tools in Photography: From Google to Algorithm’ opens next week as part of Nida 18 photographic symposium programme.

Presented artists:
Aaron Hegert, Esther Hovers, Mantas Grigaitis, Penelope Umbrico

18.00, Sept 4
Nida Art Colony

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Paul paper A man with dark hair and a sunset in the background

Join us for a talk on visual recognition and a presentation of my current project ‘A man with dark hair and a sunset in a background’ – 16 June, 5pm, Tromsø Contemporary Art Centre. The talk will trace the 19th century facial recognition discourse, outlining several problematic political aspects of machine vision.

Part of Mondo residency in Tromsø.

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Image from False Positives series by Esther Hovers, 2017

I’ll lead a short course on photography and image-making during Tallinn Summer Academy at Estonian Academy of Arts.

The two-day course will explore how visual recognition and AI-related technologies are changing the discourse of photography, challenging the traditional boundaries of the medium. It is meant for photography and visual arts students and those interested in the current technological developments in image-making, as well as their political, social and cultural implications.

Date: 16-17 August
Location: Tallinn, Estonia
Cost: Free for Estonian & KUNO students/ 290€ for others
Registration: till 6th May

More information on the course and preliminary schedule.

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We Need Sanctuary by Kate Cooper, 2016

I’ll be showing some new work in the central exhibition of Riga Photography Biennial 2018.

Participants: Juno Calypso (UK), Antoine Catala (FR/US), Kate Cooper (UK), Aneta Grzeszykowska (PL), Kristina Ollek (EE), Paul Paper (LT), Juuke Schoorl & Frank Kolkman (NL), Līga Spunde (LV), Charlote Thiis-Evensen (NO), Elina Vainio (FI), Hannes Widemann (DE), Anna Zett (DE). Curated by Inga Brūvere.

13 April – 13 May, 2018
Riga Art Space, Kungu street 3
Opening – 12 April 18:00

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I visited Palanga Street Radio to play some music

Update: and a new mix

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Reinis Lismanis, from Trial and Error

I’ll be discussing some of the theoretical influences that frame the viewing and making of contemporary photography – as well as what it means to be an ‘image-maker’ today. Part of Reinis Lismanis’ exhibition ‘Trial and Error’ at the Latvian National Art Museum.

Framing Photography: #object #process #everyday
2018 Jan 18, 18:00
LNMA Exhibition Hall Arsenals, Riga

In this lecture-talk, artist and curator Paul Paper will discuss Reinis Lismanis’ exhibition Trial and Error in the context of contemporary photography, aiming to locate its place within the tradition of photographic exhibitions in the Baltics. Through three keywords – an object, the process, and everyday – some of the conceptual strategies of Trial and Error will be explored, opening up an unorthodox way to talk about art photography today. Using works presented in the show as examples, the talk will also touch on the challenges of exhibiting photography in network-empowered culture as well as some theoretical influences (such as François Laruelle and Vilém Flusser) that frame the circulation of images today.

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Contemporary Contemporary Photography (2017) is published by Lodret Vandret

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I was invited to curate a selection of Lithuanian photobooks that were exhibited at at Fotobok Gothenburg festival, 28-30 September 2017

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As part of Tallinn Photomonth, ‘Too Good to be Photographed’ book launch will feature panel discussion on the project and questions it raises with Rye Dag Holmboe, Hanna Putz, and Kristina Õllek .

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Moments from ‘Too Good to be Photographed’ book launch & discussion at Rubber Factory gallery, NY on Sept 20. The panel featured: Yael Eban, Roksana Filipowska, and Jaclyn Wright. Big thanks to Mike Tan, Rubber Factory, Lugemik, and all who joined!

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Too Good to be Photographed book is available for preorders

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Too Good to be Photographed‘ is a project that explores photographic failure, and is an outcome of my conversations with over 60 photographers over the past year and a half. The result will be a book designed by Indrek Sirkel and published by Estonian art publisher Lugemik. It will be available in September 2017 and launched at New York Art Book Fair.

Thank you all who supported the project through Kickstarter campaign.

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From You Belong to Me series. Geistė Kinčinaitytė.

I’ll be discussing the state of contemporary Lithuanian photography at Calvert 22 Foundation, 7pm 10th November. Join us if you are in London!

More info here.

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From This is It/Now. Roxana Azar, David Brandon Geeting, 2015

Kate Palmer Albers on digital image circulation, experiential modes of viewing and This is It/Now project (curated by Max Marshall and myself) on Circulation Exchange:

I’ve been interested in the creative possibilities of disappearing photos for a few years now, particularly in relation to how we assign value. Disappearing photographs force the issue: there’s no way to value them except as experiential. So last summer I was happy to hear about an exhibition that took place entirely on the app built around a default mode of image disappearance, Snapchat. Aptly titled This Is It/Now, the exhibition ran for 6 weeks, featured one artist per week, and was organized by the collaborative duo Max Marshall and Paul Paper. Per the restrictions of the app, the artists posted images (accumulations of still images or videos) that were viewable by followers of the This Is It/Now account for 24 hours.

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Smoke Screen is now part of Kaleid editions 2016 collection.

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