photomediations machine dot net

photomediations

I came across this website in my travels over the summer: Photomediations Machine.  It’s a “curated online space” that hosts reflections on photography and other media as forms of mediation, reflections which are mostly heavily visual (though, quite rightly I think, every submission has to include “a short description or a contextualisation piece”).  It’s very nicely put together, easy to navigate and robust; all the links worked fine, all the videos played.  Nice.

And it’s robust in another sense: submissions are peer-reviewed by the editor, Joanna Zylinska, and a member of the site’s Advisory Board.  It would be interesting to know what sort of criteria they use when they evaluate pieces for publication on the site.  Apart from a skills deficit, I think one reason social scientists are so wary of creating visual pieces of research is the uncertainty about how they will be evaluated.  Well-curated sites like this could inform a fuller discussion than is currently happening about how images can create social science.  On the evidence of this site, for example, they clearly do a lot of things other than ‘evoke the affective’ or ‘display the real’, which are the two reasons most commonly given for creating images as part of a research project, I think.

One thought on “photomediations machine dot net

  1. Reblogged this on deleuzianexcursus and commented:
    Good to see yet another use of Google Street View, just in case I need yet another artist to point to…
    On a separate point, thinking about the wariness of social scientists worried about being evaluated, this gives me pause. And it makes me think of the irreversible psychological damage I suffered going through an MFA degree, where ‘work’ was deconstructed and critiqued for too long. Cynicism ensued, as well as an impatience for work that wasn’t well considered. This all makes me a little sad, given the potential of art. I think context and spirit of production should be considered: Sekula made great work that challenged a lot of disciplines, and I think the art world could use some more substantial content. Maybe the real evaluation ought to be: does it make language stammer?

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