New Project – Tactical Visual Culture – Kick Off

Tactical Visual Culture @ The Hmm

To kick off our new research project Tactical Visual Culture, we partner up with The Hmm for a special event. 8 speakers, including researchers, artists, performers, and viral TikTok creators, share their vision on what the state of online video is.

Date and time: Wednesday, October 28th, 8-10 pm
Location: Online

Confirmed speakers include: Len Borghuis, Leyla-Nour Benouniche, Alex Gekker, Florian Göttke, Marieke Kuypers, and Albert Figurt.

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Desktop Narrative Workshop

On the 3rd of November, we host a second Tactical Visual Culture event, where Albert Figurt, an Italian video-artisan, multi-instrumentalist and independent researcher and Video Vortex member, gives a practical introduction to the art & craft of the desktop narrative: in the span of one afternoon, you will learn about the insights and workflow of screencast storytelling; the art of creating without necessarily using (professional) cameras, (conventional) editing or an (additional) sound-track. Will the results of this interplay be up-to-date video-art, meta-fictional madness, covid-inspired indie commentary, frame-within-frame mind games or artsy film-making? Let’s discover it together, by carving a desktop narrative out of your own laptop!

Date and time: Tuesday, November 3rd, 2-6 pm.
Location: Kohnstammzaal, 9th floor of the Kohnstammhuis, Wibautstraat 2-4, 1091 GM Amsterdam / Online

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About Tactical Visual Culture

With Tactical Visual Culture, Visual Methodologies Collective and the Institute of Network Cultures investigate new visual tools at the crossroads of artistic research, journalism, and data visualization. We explore what tactical visual culture is or could be through three main themes: video witnessing, emotive images, and data feminism.

Video Witnessing

‘The Hmm @ Tactical Visual Culture’ and the ‘Desktop Narrative Workshop’ together constitute the first cluster of Tactical Visual Culture: Video Witnessing.

Online video has a strong position in the realm of truth-finding and eye-witnessing. In fact, we have seen a visual turn in this realm, where the written testimony seems crowded out by camera footage. Recent protests have been fueled by the viral spread of mobile videos, from the start of the Arab Spring to the recent death of George Floyd.

There are two conflicting trends occurring at the moment: on the one hand we see a proliferation of cameras and camera viewpoints with the emergence of drones, smart doorbells, and streetview. At the same time, we hear of the inflation of camera footage: the omnipresence of cameras has, for instance, not stopped police violence. Within this theme, we conduct critical research and experiments with recent technologies, including drones (‘the flying eyes’), streetview, ultra-short video (tiktok, snap), and synthetic images and the dreaded deep fakes.

In the Video Witnessing cluster, we look at contemporary digital image culture beyond influencer content.

Emotive Images + Data Feminism

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Tactical Visual Culture is a supported by the Amsterdam Creative Industries Network and the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences.