The Latent Image
The fifth International Conference on Transdisciplinary Imaging at the Intersections of Art, Science and Culture will call for papers that focus on the fluidity between the seen and unseen. Understood as patterns that simultaneously freeze and transcend fleeting realities, images are bound by the paradox of being of a moment that has passed. As cultural theories seek to overcome the stable, spatial realities that image-based forms of comprehension have projected, and new technologies reshape how information is read and encoded, the latent image opens up a vital critical strand of enquiry. Originally designating the invisible atomic changes occurring in the photographic process prior to development, the latent image refers to the underlying translation and reconstitution of information that underpins all analogue and digital imaging as it negotiates with a transient reality. The liminal space between the seen and unseen being an ongoing locus of a ‘becoming’. A catalyst for debates about sonic images, invisible networks and relationships between intuition and intelligibility, this conference will raise quantitative and qualitative questions important to any discipline predicated on image production.
- What are the problematics of the seen? How do we measure or represent the seen? Is there a measure for the unseen?
- How can we make the role of intuition intelligible in the contemporary image?
- Do stealth technologies/distributed data/networks transcend the image?
- How do we represent the language of the world?
- Do the technologies of science help define or do they elide the unseen?
The aim of the conference is to bring together artists, theorists , scholars, scientists, historians and curators. Papers that respond to the above provocation are invited from areas related to: Media Arts, Painting, Drawing, Curating, Installation, Film, Video, Photography, Data Visualization, Real-time Imaging, Design, Intelligent Systems and Image Science.
Theme Tracks for TransImage 2018
The TransImage conference is featuring a series of special tracks on the following subjects:
Data Visualisation: The Data-Image
For the first time the TransImage conference is featuring a special track on data visulisation. The work must be original and not published before. High-rated submissions will get an invitation for an extended journal version.
Possible topics include but are not limited to:
- Visualization beyond the desktop (e.g., design in augmented reality, physical visualizations)
- Visualization Art and Design
- Non-digital visualization (e.g. hand-drawings, sketching)
- Storytelling, engagement, and education
- Visualization design process, reflections, re-design
- Design frameworks, design spaces
- Visualization techniques
- Perception and evaluation
- Success stories and case studies
For information contact: Benjamin Bach (bbach -at- inf.ed.ac.uk).
The conference will take place across two locations at the University of Edinburgh: The Talbot Rice Gallery, and the Informatics Forum. During the conference the Talbot Rice Gallery will create a special event drawing upon the concurrent Rachel Maclean exhibition, curating a series of performances and talks that restage the story of Pinocchio. Beginning with the perfect analogy for the latent image – the piece of pine wood that yelps to identify the image of the boy within – the event will consider images in relation to morality, phantom limbs, capitalism and deceit.
Header image by Chelsea Lehmann, Tenchi, 2016, (detail) high-res digital infrared scan of painting (oil on linen, 24 x 21cm). Courtesy Ide Advanced Imaging Laboratory, Kyoto University, and the artist.