Oliver Lang is a photographer who has used a mobile phone camera for several years. In 2011 he was a founding member of the Mobile Photo Group and organised an exhibition of Australian mobile photography as part of the Head On Photo Festival. In 2012 he was invited to teach mobile photography courses at the Australian Centre for Photography, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Art Gallery of New South Wales and also volunteered to teach at the National Centre for Indigenous Excellence as part of the Photolines Program. Oliver is interested in the rise of participatory photography and the innovations that the connected culture of mobile photography is driving. He believes that more than ever before, photography is about community and culture, rather than the camera.
Sarah Newman was born in Miami, Florida, and began making black and white photographs at the age of seven. She has a BA in Philosophy from Washington University in St. Louis, and is currently completing her MFA at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Sarah’s photographic explorations run alongside her more general explorations of the world and its diverse environments. Her thesis, Through Place, explores human marks in the landscape and the various (visual, linguistic, and philosophical) parameters that underlie our notions of “nature.” Sarah recently began a new body of work photographing green energy technologies, such as wind and solar power, and considering how these innovations are integrated (or not) in our social and urban landscapes. She plans to continue this project in Malmö, Sweden in 2012-2013.
Sophie Calle, courtesy Paula Cooper Gallery, New York
Sophie Calle: Room
Exhibition on view:
October 13-16, 2011
The Lowell Hotel:
28 East Sixty Third Street
New York, NY
As a part of Crossing the Line, an annual festival produced by the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) that promotes innovations in artistic practices, The Lowell Hotel will be hosting Room, a site-specific installation by the artist Sophie Calle. Within the space of the hotel room, Calle will invite viewers to construct a biographical narrative for her by using her personal belongings. A photographer, director, writer, and conceptual artist, Calle shares her personal life throughout all her work in every medium. Work from her series was featured in Aperture issue 191.