The Universit√© catholique de Louvain and the Lieven Gevaert Research Centre for Photography (Belgium) invite you to participate in our 2012-15 research project, “Photofilmic Images in Contemporary Art and Visual Culture.”

The objective of the project is to understand the impact of photofilmic structures on the production, function, and perception of images within contemporary art and visual culture. Photofilmic images are those generated on the basis of both photographic and filmic processes. Consequently, they mingle different temporal, spatial, and perceptional realities. In this sense, they are transitional images fluctuating between categories that were once attributed separately to photography or film – such as stasis and movement, past and presence, composition and narration.

With the advent of digital technology, photofilmic images have become increasingly prevalent in recent years. Imovie, Photosynth, AutoStitch, and PhantaMorph, for example, are computer software programs that allow one to create animated images on the basis of photographs. As such techniques propagate through different domains of image production in popular culture and the visual arts, the impact of photofilmic images on visual culture will have far-reaching consequences for the perception and understanding of a world mediated through such images.

For this reason, the project suggests a study of photofilmic images that goes beyond well-established frontiers between the various disciplines and sectors where such images occur and where they are discussed, in order to understand how exactly images operate within our contemporary media society. This interdisciplinary approach considers different domains such as visual art, cinema, and popular culture, as well as diverse academic disciplines such as film studies, photography theory, art history, visual culture studies, and media theory. The following questions are fundamental: What technologies are used in which contexts and for what purpose? Why have they been invented, and how are they being deployed in different contexts? How are they perceived according to these various contexts and uses?