All About Imaging: Transactions

05 April 2014

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Transactions is an interdisciplinary symposium exploring new directions in contemporary imaging from the perspectives of art, science and technology taking place a the University of Westminster from 22-23 May 2014. The symposium will bring together academics, artists, students and professionals working in contemporary imaging, to create opportunities for knowledge exchange, demonstration and discussion. Transactions aims to traverse discursive boundaries between disciplines, to build shared vocabularies, mutual understanding and new synergies.

The symposium is organised by the Faculty of Media, Arts and Design of the University of Westminster, with the co-operation of the Imaging Science Group of The Royal Photographic Society. The President of The RPS, Derek Birch HonFRPS, and the Faculty’s Dean, Prof Kerstin Mey, will open the event, which will include sessions on Photographic Theory and Scientific Imaging (in day 1), Imaging Science and Photographic practice (in day 2), interactive installations and workshops (on both days). 

All About Imaging: Transactions
22-23 May 2014
University of Westminster, Harrow Campus, London, HA1 3TP
Co-Chairs: Sophie Triantaphillidou, Heather Barnett


Thursday 22 May

9:00 Registration / Coffee

9:30 Symposium Opening
  • Derek Birch (President, RPS), Kerstin Mey (Dean, Faculty of Media Arts and Design)

9:40-11:00 Session 1 – Chair: Eugenie Shinkle
  • Oliver Grau, University of Danube: Complex expressions in digital arts imagery (keynote)
  • Kerstin Mey, University of Westminster: Vision and visuality: On the work of AES+F

11:30-1:00 Session 2 – Chair: Heather Barnett
  • Susan Aldworth, Artist: Transience
  • Andrew Carnie, Artist: Data embodiment
  • Howard Boland, C-LAB: Living mirror

1:00-2.00 Lunch + demos + imagery*

2:00-3:30 Session 3 – Chair: Aleka Psarrou
  • Carrina Parraman, University of the West of England: 2.5D printing
  • Vicente Morell, University of Alicante: Contributions to 3D data processing
  • Matthieu Chavent, University of Oxford: Under the scientific picture 

4:00-5:30 Session 4 – Chair: John Smith
  • Francis Ring, University of South Wales: Imaging the invisible in medicine
  • Gary Evans, Science Photo Library: A chemical adventure in high-speed imaging
  • Afzal Ansary, The Royal Photographic Society: Scientific imaging - an essential tool 

5:30 PRS International Images for Science 2103 exhibition opening London Gallery West, University of Westminster, Harrow Campus 

Friday 23 May

9:00 Registration / Coffee

9:25 Opening
  • Sophie Triantaphillidou (Co-Chair, Faculty of Media, Arts and Design)

9:30-11:00 Session 1 – Chair: Ralph Jacobson
  • Lindsay MacDonald, UCL: Perceptual transactions: simulating real appearance 
  • John Jarvis, University of Westminster: Sensitivity to shape and detail in complex images
  • Sabine Susstrunk, Polytechnic of Lauzanne: Computational aesthetics 

11:30-12:30 Session 2 – Chair: Sophie Triantaphillidou
  • Chaker Larabi, University of Poitier: Is today's cinema different from yesterday's one
  • Karsten Hacker, Framestore: The making of 'Gravity' - colour considerations

12:30-2:00 Lunch + demos + workshop*

2:00-3:30 Session 3 – Chair: Silke Lange
  • David Bate, University of Westminster: The technologies of the ‘selfie’
  • Jacqueline Butler, University of Manchester: The photograph as haptic and virtual object
  • Joanna Zylinska, Goldsmiths: Curating / Open / Images

4:00-5:00 Session 4 – Chair: Liz Allen
  • Rainer Usselman, Happy Finish: Photography Vanishes
  • Jonathon Shaw, Coventry School of Art & Design: NewFotoScapes

5:00-5:45 Panel discussion, Whatever happened to photography? Chair: John Smith

5:45 Symposium Close

* Demos: Anabelle King (Fractals in nature), Howard Boland (Living mirror), Workshop: Fotis Begklis (Wishing tree – interactive story telling), Imagery: Andre Pinkowski

Symposium Fee (2 days including lunch)
General: £65. Students, Concessions, RPS members: £45

Registration & info
Email Helen Cohen (, subject “All About Imaging”

Related exhibitions (All About Imaging delegates are invited)

RPS International Images for Science 2013 exhibition
London Gallery West, University of Westminster, Harrow Campus, HA1 3TP
23 May-16 June
Private View 22 May, 5:30-8pm

Broad Vision - Future Human
GV Art gallery, 49 Chiltern Street, London W1U 6LY
6-28 June
Private View Thursday 5 June, 6-9pm

Image: Ed Fry