Lectures “Exhibition Shots and Digital Archives”

Detail view of selected archival material “Archeology of Rooms,” Exposed Exhibitions – Fotoarchiv der Kunsthalle
, Kunsthalle Basel, 2017. Photo: Philipp Hänger / Kunsthalle Basel

Die leere Kunsthalle. Zur Wirkmacht des “installation shot”
Dr. Yvonne Schweizer from the Institute of Art History of the University of Basel will discuss the history of exhibition photography and that genre’s status between documentation and art of its own. She examines the circulation of digital installation views and illustrates the persistent relevance of one specific type: the vacant “installation shot”, interwoven with the paradigm of the White Cube.

Der Weg zum digitalen Bildarchiv – digitale Fallen und analoge Stolpersteine: ein Erfahrungsbericht
Dr. Lukas Rosenthaler from the Digital Humanities Lab of the University of Basel deals with questions concerning the structure and usage of digital archives: What needs to be considered when a large analog archive, such as the one of Kunsthalle Basel, is transferred into a digital archive? How do images, data, the Internet and storage have to be combined to create a long-term digital image archive that gives added value to the institution and its public?

This evening of lectures examines installation views and digital archives, on the occasion of the current exhibition Exposed Exhibitions – Fotoarchiv der Kunsthalle Basel. Two lectures, both in German, will be followed by refreshments.