snap+share – Transmitting photographs from mail art to social networks

Se ne parla sul prossimo numero di Kermes, il numero 109 di prossima pubblicazione, nella rubrica Internet per il restauro

Intanto anticipiamo la presentazione della mostra che leggiamo dal sito SFMOMA

On June 11, 1997, French software engineer Philippe Kahn sent a grainy color photograph of his infant daughter Sophie, moments after she was born, to his family and friends using a cobbled-together contraption made up of his mobile phone, a digital camera and a linked online network. This transmission marked a decisive moment in the history of sharing photos — an essential component of photography since its inception. Technology has escalated — and accelerated — the creation, distribution and consumption of photographic imagery, and as a result, millions of images are now sent across the Internet each day. (…)

With origins in the mail art movement of the 1960s and ’70s, the exhibition will feature early work by Ray Johnson, often referred to as the father of mail art in the United States. Mail art involves sending a postcard, image or photographic equipment through the postal service often with text or instructions. In the process of distributing and even creating artwork through the mail system, artists also create networks of participants. Postcards by Joseph Beuys, Walker Evans and On Kawara will be shown in two galleries dedicated to the movement alongside recent examples by artists such as Thomas Bachler and Moyra Davey.

“On Kawara’s work is a perfect example of the connection between mail art and social media,” said Clément Chéroux, senior curator of photography at SFMOMA. “By sending postcards in the 1970s with the messages, ‘I got up at 8:15’ or ‘I got up at 8:22 a.m.,’ he is asserting, ‘I’m here, I exist, I’m a real person.’ And this is essentially what we are doing today with Snapchat and Instagram.”