The Architecture of the Image

On Thursday, October 16, 2014 the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design will present The Architecture of the Image, a discussion featuring New York-based photographer Richard Barnes, artist and Professor of Visual Studies Charles Stankievech, and the Art Gallery of Ontario’s newly appointed Chief Curator Stephanie Smith. Part of the Daniels Fora series, now in its fifth year, this public event will be held at the Isabel Bader Theatre at 6:30pm.

Social media has made the use of images to record our lives, curate our identity, and bear witness to events from around the world ubiquitous. At the same time, recent work in photography, art and design has been combining the communicative power of images with fiction and narrative storytelling in novel ways, raising questions about our relationship to history, geographic distance, the dissemination of information, and the natural world. 

The Architecture of the Image will explore the changing role images play in recent work in the arts that combine documentary and more fiction-based forms. Through their verisimilitude, the emotional impact of images can suspend our skepticism and effectively engage the limited attention spans that characterize contemporary consciousness. Yet even images that convey familiar subjects may give pause to long-held notions about the powers of observation and the status of documentary evidence.

Richard Barnes and Charles Stankievech are exceptional in their ability to interrogate documentary forms in their contemporary as well as historical guises. Together with Stephanie Smith, they will explore the changing role that images play in contemporary works of art, design and media, particularly in cases where images exploit the grey area between presumed truth and overt artifice. 

The Isabel Bader Theatre is located at 93 Charles Street West. Admission is free, but this is a ticketed event. Attendees must RSVP via Eventbrite, and arrive before 6:20 pm to claim their seat. A rush line will be available for non-ticket holders.

The Daniels Fora series brings together different perspectives in order to raise the level of debate, build relationships, and stimulate discussion on issues related to art, architecture, urbanism, and city building. Each event presents vigorous, engaging, and accessible discussions of interest to students, alumni, and professionals, as well as the general public. 

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