© Michael Grieve, from the series „The Foriegner (sic)“

Workshop with Michael Grieve
The Empty Image

21 – 26 October 2017, 10:00-17:00

“Rilke wrote: ‚These trees are magnificent, but even more magnificent is the sublime and moving space between them, as though with their growth it too increased.” Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space

There is something in emptiness, but what it is cannot be clearly defined. This is a paradox, but an acceptable one. The Empty Image workshop is designed to push participants to produce a series of still, quiet and dissonant photographs that reveal an ominous space in reality, that convey more a psychological than a descriptive space. From the photographs of Paris by Atget in the 19th century, to William Eggleston, Michael Schmidt, Adam Broomberg/Oliver Chanarin, Margot Wallard and Bill Viola‘s video art, we come to understand that what is absent defines what is there in an image. The emphasis of this workshop is to think outside of the box and explore the uncertainty of an uncanny (unheimlich) relationship to reality that is defined as something strangely familiar to us.

The workshop is eight intensive days and combined with a series of lectures and group discussions, the principle aim is that participants will produce a coherent body of work. Combined with theoretical awareness, visual strategies will be a key issue to realise concepts. During the process of this workshop participants will develop further their ability to produce work with a theoretical and aesthetic continuity with particular attention to narrative, editing and sequencing.

Michael Grieve is a British photographer, writer, and educator currently based in Berlin. After completing a BA and MA at University of Westminster he became a reportage and portrait photographer for publications worldwide and represented by Agence VU. For five years he was the deputy editor of 1000 Words contemporary photography magazine and is a regular writer and photographer for the British Journal of Photography. He was a senior lecturer of photography at Nottingham Trent University, a lecturer at Akademia Fotografii in Warsaw and a lecturer at Berliner Technische Kunstschule teaching documentary, portrait and the history of photography. He is the founder and director of Berlin Foto Kiez. In 2017, his photobook, The Foriegner (sic), will be published.

Suggested reading list prior to workshop:Camera Lucida, Roland BarthesThe Uncanny, Sigmund FreudThe Poetics of Space, Gaston BachelardHandful of Dust, David Campany

Costs: 630 €

Closing date: 05/10/2017
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