xPrevious Articles

News from Berlin

Fifth International Conference on the Image

October 29th, 2014
20141028_Fifth International Conference on the Image.jpg

News from Berlin – The Fifth International Conference on the Image will be held on October 28-29 at the Freie University Berlin. This conference will bring together experts from around the world to discuss a common shared interest in the role of The Image. For 2015 the specific focus will be, ‘Media Materiality: Towards Critical Economies of New Media’.

The conference is built upon four key features: Internationalism, Interdisciplinary, Inclusiveness, and Interaction. Conference speakers and participants are from all over the globe and represent a broad range of disciplines and perspectives. A variety of conference events allow multiple opportunities to engage, to discuss key issues in the field, and to build relationships with scholars from other cultures and disciplines. As well as lectures and panel discussions, there will be workshops, allowing participants to gain a great deal of knowledge and exchange thoughts.

Conference topics will include a focus on specific themes: The Form of the Image and The Image in Society. The form of the Image will examine the nature and form of an image as a medium of representation. The Image in Society will explore the social effects of the image.

To approach this variety of topics on The Image, will be numerous experts in the field including: Vid Ingelevics, an artist, writer, and independent curator based in Toronto; Blake Fitzpatrick, photographer and teacher of Documentary Media at Ryerson University; Heike Kanter, photo editor and assistant professor in the department of Qualitative Research on Human Development at Freie University Berlin; Dr David Cubby, artist and photographer; and Javier Sierra, Doctor of Information Sciences at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

At Berlin Global, art as a means of cultural diplomacy is a key interest. Art is able to bring people together to raise awareness of different cultures and traditions. This conference provides a fantastic platform to facilitate this kind of exchange and to increase understanding about media materiality.

News from Berlin – Berlin Global