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Researching Online Photos

VIVO Media Arts

Friday, 20 October 2017 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM (PDT)

Researching Online Photos

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By donation: participant supplies own laptop
Select this option if you do NOT need VIVO to reserve a computer for you. Suggested donation $10.
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By donation: participant needs VIVO computer
Select this option if you DO need VIVO to reserve a computer for you. Suggested donation $10.
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Researching Online Photos (workshop)

Discover new insights into the ways online images circulate and are talked about, by creating thought-provoking graphs and visual interpretations with geographer Josh Lepawsky.

4 hours total | by donation, while spaces last

Friday, Oct 20, 10am-2pm

Turn the web into an instrument for social analysis. Learn a selection of techniques that allow you to create highly unique graphs that reveal the “online career” of a photograph and other image files. How has a particular photo been used? How has it been discussed in different online contexts? How have people engaged certain specific images online?

Learn how to collect such data, and then process it to visualize the data’s complex aspects and patterns for further investigation. The aesthetic results of these visualizations are often very intriguing, making this a great way to communicate your interpretations to audiences not specialized in your research area!

Participants will combine results from Google's Reverse Image Search with Voyant, a digital humanities initiative that includes a free online platform for scarping and then analyzing text from websites on which selected images appear.

This workshop will be useful to any researcher, artist, or curator whose practice questions images to explore anthropological, historical, geographical, or environmental issues.

Important note: Participants must bring their own laptops, or reserve one of VIVO’s limited number of computers by selecting the second ticket option (“By donation: participant needs VIVO computer”) when purchasing a ticket.

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Josh Lepawsky is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Lepawsky researches the geographies of modern waste. Modern wastes are those that are synthetic, heterogeneous, and which entail high degrees of uncertainty around their mitigation or remediation. Two case studies inform his work: the international trade and traffic of discarded electronics (or ‘e-waste’) with a particular focus on Southeast Asia, and, much more recently, ‘offworld rubbish’ which Lepawsky defines as the remains and discards of human extraterrestrial activity. More about his work can be found at his blog, Reassembling Rubbish.


Refunds: Class sizes are small, and our instructors need to be paid–if you can’t make a class that you’ve signed up for, we need time to alert wait-listed participants. VIVO presently asks that withdrawals from workshops be requested by emailing at least 12 days prior to the workshop date, if you would like to receive a refund minus a $5 administration fee. Thanks!

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VIVO Media Arts Centre
2625 Kaslo Street
Vancouver, BC V5M 1Y8

Friday, 20 October 2017 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM (PDT)

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VIVO Media Arts

VIVO MEDIA ARTS CENTRE, incorporated in 1973 as the Satellite Video Exchange Society (SVES), is Vancouver’s oldest media arts access centre. VIVO continues to fulfill its founding vision by directly supporting independent artists, community-based producers and activists to develop and exchange their skills in a supportive environment. Our members gather around the tools and material means of production to invent new understandings, new genres and new friendships. Reflecting both the diversity of contemporary technologies and the symbiotic communities that coalesce around new forms of knowledge and creativity, our programming fosters formal, aesthetic and critical approaches to media arts practice. VIVO builds an audience of makers, organizers and critics through artists in residence, lectures, workshops, performances, exhibitions and curatorial and archival research. As an integral artist run centre in Vancouver, our resources and facilities will continue to inform and influence engagement in all levels of media art investment.

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