Bulletin #4 – Chance and control. Photography, video and the web Pt. I

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Bulletin #4. Chance and control. Photography, video and the web. Part I by Luca Panaro

Part I:
01 If something eludes us
02 Video-photographic devices

Part II on Bulletin #5

Translation by Tim Cooper from the 1st Italian edition: Luca Panaro, Casualità e controllo. Fotografia, video e web, Postmedia books, 2014.


Since the coming of image technologies (and particularly with photography, video, and the Web) contemporary culture has lost control over images, which became more and more independent from their author. Luca Panaro formulates his thesis by reinterpreting the works of theorists (Susan Sontag, Walter Benjamin, Vilém Flusser), writers (Luigi Pirandello, Italo Calvino, Penelope Lively), even film directors (Buster Keaton, Michelangelo Antonioni, Wayne Wang), and finally contemporary artists (Franco Vaccari, Douglas Gordon and Philippe Parreno, Wolfgang Staehle, Roberto Cuoghi, Carlo Zanni, Eva and Franco Mattes).

About the author:

Luca Panaro (b. Florence, Italy 1975) is an art critic, curator, and professor at the Brera Academy in Milan. His published body of work includes: L’occultamento dell’autore. La ricerca artistica di Franco Vaccari (2007), Tre strade per la fotografia (2011), Conversazioni sull’immagine (2013), Casualità e controllo. Fotografia, video e web (2014), Visite brevi (2015), Photo Ad Hoc (2016). His essay “Realtà e finzione nell’arte contemporanea” (2010) was published on the “XXI Century” Treccani Encyclopedia. He co-curated the series of books of Generazione critica (2014-2016), along with several exhibition catalogs and contemporary artists monographs.

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