Afterimage

A bimonthly magazine devoted to media art and cultural criticism for the photography, film, video and visual book community. Publishes feature articles of investigative reporting or scholarly research, interviews, essays, reviews of media arts publication

Articles from Vol. 24, No. 4, January-February

Ars Electronica: Linz, Austria - September 2-6, 1996
The fabulous thing about Ars Electronica is that as an annual festival and symposium, and now a permanent museum, it so strongly supports electronic artwork, experimentation and research. The organizations that began the festival in 1979, which include...
Beyond Geography and Circumstance
Supported by the Mexican National Council for Culture and Arts and organized by the Centro de la Imagen (Center of the Image), the Fifth Latin American Colloquium of Photography brought together over 670 photographers, historians, curators, critics and...
Cabinet of Curiosities
In a relatively brief time, Ann Hamilton has drawn international attention to her ritualized sifting of language, memory and subjectivity in curious installation/performance hybrids. Her projects are quintessentially and peculiarly "alternative" in their...
Driven to Distraction
Leaving the industrial age in the dust, telecommunication giants and cyberspace czars are making their mark. The Guggenheim Soho's recent exhibition "Mediascape" is one of those marks. The show, a collaboration with ZKM/Center for Art and Media(1) in...
Poor, White, South African
An exhibition of photographs, which opened in Johannesburg at Museum Africa in 1994, evoked a range of reactions from spectators and critics alike. The subject of the show was poor, white South Africans. Historically, images depicting poverty in the...
Report from London
There were quite a large number of American photographers and video artists showing in London this autumn - perhaps a development that is mirroring the recent influx of British painters to New York? Painters and photographers, whatever their nationality,...
Report from Mexico City
There are few countries that have what could be described as a "national" photography, and Mexico is one of them. The land south of the border is probably best known for its maestros like Manuel Alvarez Bravo, and the eminent foreign photographers who...
Reticence and Reverence
"Photography and Beyond in Japan: Space, Time and Memory" presents intellectually engaging and often visually resplendent work by 12 postwar artists working with photographic media. It falters, however, on issues of interpretation and export of cultural...
The Sounds He Saw: The Photography of Roy DeCarava
"The problem of the Twentieth Century," W. E. B. DuBois wrote in 1903, "is the problem of the color line."(1) There is indeed an ugly underside to America, one that many find difficult to acknowledge, but one that is also distinctly American. As the...
Transnational Documentaries: A Manifesto
I. INTRODUCTION A new world (image) order is indeed emerging. But it differs greatly from the one then-President George Bush prophesied during the 1991 Gulf War and the one President Bill Clinton fantasized in his 1992 and 1996 State of the Union addresses....
WPA Absorbed by Corcoran
Founded in 1975, the Washington Project for the Arts (WPA) was the superlative artist-directed, non-profit arts organization in Washington, D.C. For 20 years the WPA provided engaging programming with local communities in mind. The late 1980s was disastrous...
You Are What You Buy: 'Friendly Fire' and the New Public Sphere
As a cultural and artistic form, public art often acts as an indicator of and a lightning rod for the controversial issues of its time. Having moved well beyond its traditional forms of realist sculpture and heroic tributes, public art in late twentieth-century...
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