The Photographic II: Signal Or Noise
Catalog accompanying the second part of a diptych exhibition in S.M.A.K., Ghent, curated by Martin Germann and Tanja Boon.
The first chapter, Other Pictures, questioned the special potential of the still image. In Signal or Noise, the gaze is turned inwards and explores the camera as a metaphor for human existence.
To a large extent, photography is produced by machines. The reading of an image thus also requires knowledge of the technological development of the discipline, especially because photography has gradually anchored itself in the social sphere. The more images and their environment merge, the more signal and noise become interchangeable.
Readable, manipulated, and hidden information are increasingly difficult to distinguish from one another, yet are of equal importance in our visual culture.
Featuring photography by Tony Cokes, Louise Lawler, Seth Price, Thomas Ruff, Sondra Perry, David Horvitz, Hana Miletić, Forensic Architecture, and more.
Edited by Martin Germann and Tanja Boon
Designed by Roger Willems
Published by Roma Publications, 2019
Softcover, 64 pages, color and b&w images, 7.75 × 10 inches