Smitheram, M. (2021). An Ontology of Ironsand/ Une Ontologie du Sable Noir. [digital media artwork; spoken word]. Retake/Reprise de vues. La Nuit des Idées. Milieux and Hexagram, Concordia University.

Retake/Reprise de vues at La nuit des idées

Thursday, January 28, 2021 8:00 PM -10:00 PM

Images act as both remedy and problem in the current health crisis: they limit movement and increase the possibility of social relations at a distance, but they also have an ecological impact that can no longer be neglected. 

How can we rethink the materiality of the image in light of this dual approach? How do we implement images which, by their materiality, bring us closer to each other, and closer to the environment?

In the spirit of the 2021 La nuit des idées theme, “Closer,” Reprise de vues invites us to consider ‘the image’ from environmental and societal perspectives. 

Images act as both remedy and problem in the current health crisis: they limit movement and increase the possibility of social relations at a distance, but they also have an ecological impact that can no longer be neglected. 

How can we rethink the materiality of the image in light of this dual approach? How do we implement images which, by their materiality, bring us closer to each other, and closer to the environment?

The reflection will be modeled by three pivotal concepts: (1) fossil-imprint, which questions the eco-signatures left by contemporary images; (2) residual energy, which questions methods of capture and recovery of energy linked to images and; (3) matter-data, which critically examines the ubiquity of big data and its infrastructural and socio-environmental weight. 

The project is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC); Concordia University (Milieux Institute for Arts, Culture and Technology); The Chaire arts & sciences of École polytechnique, École des Arts Décoratifs-PSL and the Daniel and Nina Carasso Foundation. With the support of the Institut français, the Consulat général de France à Québec and the Délégation générale du Québec à Paris.

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