Photography & the Contemporary Imaginary

The research hub at LCC brings together practitioners and theorists to explore and promote photography as a mode of imaginary thought and its relation to a collective imaginary.

Specifically, we are interested in the increasingly complex research methodologies that underpin fine art photography as a form of knowledge with its own epistemology.

Particular emphasis will be given to photographic works that explicitly engage with contemporary thought; theories that engage with contemporary photography; as well as photographic images and philosophies of the image that contribute to how the imaginary is invested in photographic production and the 'as if' condition of the photographic image.

The Photography and the Contemporary Imaginary Research Hub builds on London College of Communication's international reputation for conceptual photography.

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Past events

2015/16 events

  • The Theatre of Photography: part threeResearch network; held on 8 July 2016
  • Daniela Cascella: Writing workshop with prompts and other exercises. Participants: student speakers from Writing Photographs lecture series, plus other students, staff and alumni: David Dawson, Albert Gualtieri, James Wilde, Ernst Schlogelhofer, Jacqui Taylor, Brenda Vega, Sabrina Fuller, Marcia Michael, Beverley Carruthers, Wiebke Leister, Esther Teichmann. Writing Photographs; 22 June, 2.00-6.00, Roof Studio, Siobhan Davies Dance Company.
  • Kreidler/O’Leary: ‘Word, Image and Situated Practice’. In this cross-platform survey we shall examine a number of works, looking specifically at the role of word and image in our nomadic, situated practice. How do words - and, by extension, the architecture of sentences, paragraphs and essays - operate within, beside and beyond the image to open and communicate meaning? Kreider + O’Leary are a poet and architect who collaborate to make work in sites such as prisons, military sites, film locations, landscape gardens and desert environments. Dr Kristen Kreider is Reader in Poetry and Poetics at Royal Holloway, University of London. James O’Leary is Lecturer in Architecture at The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London. Writing Photographs. Student presentations: Albert Gualtieri (BAP3), David Dawson (BAP3), Brenda Vega (MAP); held on 15 June 2016.
  • Hayley Newman: 'The Touch of an Eye'. The written images in the worlds I create operate as both smokescreen and window; denying and giving access to an event. I do not try to represent things truthfully, rather extend the visual world inwards and outwards to encompass that which is visually observed, what is experienced by other organs and senses and what can be imagined. Hayley Newman, visual artist, Reader in Fine Art and co-ordinator of the practice-led PhD option at Slade School of Fine Art, University College London (UCL). Author of the novella Common, written as self-appointed artist-in-residence in the City of London in 2011 and member of the art/activist collective Liberate Tate, she is committed to working collectively around the current ecological and social crisis. Writing Photographs. Student presentations: Marcia Michael (PhD), Patricia Sarmiento Lozano (BAP3), Sabrina Fuller (MAP); held on 8 June 2016.
  • Book launch: The Skin of the Image,
    download the publication, held on 1 June 2016.
  • Adrian Rifkin: ‘Talking Writing into a Corner, or on research without ends’. Adrian Rifkin works with film and cinema, classical and popular music, canonical art and mass imagery, literature and pornography. Until recently he was Professor of Art Writing at Goldsmiths. Website and blog: Writing Photographs. Student presentations: Asa Johanesson (PhD), James Wilde (BAP3), Jessie McLaughlin (MAP15); held on 1 June 2016.
  • The Theatre of Photography: part twoResearch network. Participants: Wiebke Leister, Joel Anderson, Edward Dimsdale, Catherine Grant, Dionysis Livanis, Phillip Prodger, Alice Maude-Roxby, Jelena Stojkovic, Duncan Wooldridge, Manuel Vason; held on 12 February 2016.
  • Andrew Goffey: ‘Click, Tic and Spasm: Guattari, Attention, and the Abstraction of the Face’. Photography & Theory Talk. Held on Wednesday 2 March 2016.
  • Peter Osborne: ‘Edgar Martins - BMW at Munich: Production paused, Industrial time suspended’. Photography & Theory Talk. Held on Wednesday 27 January 2016.
  • Diarmuid Costello: ‘Spontaneity & Materiality: What Photography is in the Photography of James Welling’. Photography & Theory Talk. Held on Wednesday 1 November 2015. Research network. Participants: Wiebke Leister, Joel Anderson, Edward Dimsdale, Catherine Grant, Dionysis Livanis, Phillip Prodger, Alice Maude-Roxby, Jelena Stojkovic, Duncan Wooldridge, Manuel Vason; this event took place on 12 February 2016.

2014/15 events

  • Hysterical Art. Invited participants: Sal Anderson, Karen Adwyer, Beverley Carruthers, Nicky Coutts, Errol Francis, Matthew Gartry, Stephen Haller, Julia Johnston, Ahmed Khaldoon, Wiebke Leister, Peter Matthews, Carol Noble, Liz Orton, Daniel Regan, Daniel Saul, Dolly Sen, Mo Throp, Maria Walsh, Hannah Zeilig. Collaboration with ArtBrain. Thursday 9 July 2015, Siobhan Davies Dance Studios: Research Forum.
  • The Theatre of Photography Invited participants: Joel Anderson, Nicky Coutts, Edward Dimsdale, Catherine Grant, Claire Hudson, Simon Jones, Wiebke Leister, Alice Maude-Roxby, Phillip Prodger, Jelena Stojkovic, Val Williams, Marta Weiss, Duncan Wooldridge. Collaboration with PARC & ‘Moose on the Loose’ biennale of research. Friday 15 May 2015, Swedenborg Society: Research Forum 
  • Yve Lomax: ‘Photographs, Writing’ Photography Research Lecture. Wednesday 11 March 2015
  • Anne Tallentire: ‘Photography and Action’. Wednesday 4 March 2015, LCC: Photography Research Lecture.
  • Mark Durden: ‘On Photography Today’. Wednesday 28 January 2015, LCC: Photography & Theory Talk.
  • Charlie Gere: ‘Photography in the Age of Networks’. Wednesday 15 January 2014, 4.30, LCC: Photography & Theory Talk.
  • Carol Mavor: ‘Auerlian Sadism; Turning the Fairy Tale’s Golden Key’. Collaboration with TrAIN. Wednesday 10 December 2014, LCC: Photography Research Lecture.
  • Ingrid Pollard. Collaboration with TrAIN. Wednesday 19 November 2014, LCC: Photography Research Lecture.
  • Jenifer Chao: ‘Faces of Insurgents: Visualizing The Taliban’. Collaboration with TrAIN Wednesday 12 November 2014, LCC: Photography Research Lecture.
  • Christopher Pinney: ‘How to Study World System-Photography’. Wednesday11 June 2014, LCC: Photography & Theory Talk.
  • The Skin of the Image. Presentations by Victoria Ahrens, Beverley Carruthers, Deborah Cherry, Edward Dimsdale, Chantal Faust, Wiebke Leister, Peter D. Osborne, Dallas Seitz, Paul Tebbs, Esther Teichmann. Thursday 5 June 2014, LCC: Photography Conference Forum.
  • John Roberts: ‘Photography and its Violations’. Wednesday 14 May 2014, 4.30, LCC: Photography & Theory Talk.
  • Deborah Cherry: ‘Revenants and returns in the photography of Maud Sulter’. Collaboration with LCC Graduate School. Thursday 8 May 2014, LCC: Photography Research Lecture.
  • Sarah James: ‘Bernd & Hilla Becher: Re-enchanting the Every Day & Resisting Reification?’ Tuesday 29 April 2014, 4.30, LCC: Photography & Theory Talk.
  • Photography Research Show. Participants: Jananne Al-Ani, Beverley Carruthers, Robin Silas Christian, Edward Dimsdale, Matthew Hawkins, Claire Hooper, Tom Hunter, Mark Ingham, Melanie King, Wiebke Leister, Paul Lowe, Dallas Seitz, Tansy Spinks, Monica Takvam, Esther Teichmann, Val Williams. Practice Forum and Private View on Thursday 27 March. Monday 24 – 31 March 2014, Nursery Gallery, LCC.
  • Daniel Rubinstein: ‘Photography as the Remedy to the Abyssal Logic of Desiring Machines’. Wednesday 26 February 2014, LCC: Photography & Theory Talk.
  • Howard Caygill: 'Staging Atrocity: Genet and the mis-en-scene of Shatila'. Friday 1 November 2013, LCC: Photography Research Lecture.
  • Photography and the Imaginary. Presentations by Cathy Greenhalgh, Sally Waterman, Peter D. Osborne, Sophy Rickett, Corinne Silva, Paul Bevan, Fagner Bibiano, Paul Tebbs, Edward Dimsdale, Fernanda Albertoni, Tim Stephens. Friday 17 May, LCC: Photography Conference Forum.
  • Margaret Iversen: 'Analogue: on Zoe Leonard and Tacita Dean'. Tue 19 Mar 2013, LCC: Photography Research Lecture.
  • Photography Research Show. Participants: Beverley Carruthers, Nicky Coutts, Edward Dimsdale, Cameron Haynes, Wiebke Leister, Sophy Rickett, Dallas Seitz, Corinne Silva, Patrick Sutherland, Monica Takvam, Val Williams, Lauren Winsor, Cemre Yesil. Practice Forum and Private View on Mon 11 March. Monday 4 – Friday 15 March 2013, Well Gallery, LCC.
  • Photography Research Forum presentations. Friday 8 February 2013, LCC.