PANEL #1

Visual Spaces of Change through digital images

This panel will discuss mutual interactions, interferences, intersections and interpretations between the virtual world of photography, manipulated visual narratives and architecture in contemporary discourse. We want to discuss, among other things, how constructed and manipulated images that suggest a new reading of, or create new idealised scenarios of existing architectural and public spaces may be used to cross or infringe certain borders people are bound in their daily lives, as a way to act upon reality, fabricating new relationships between individuals and the collective. 
We want to discuss authors whose work manipulate the image on purpose, abandoning the commitment to the literal recording of reality as perceived from the eyes of the observer. Authors reflecting todays possibilities of image creation with digital tools, which expand and potentiate significantly the practice of photography on creating imaginary scenarios of present architecture and public spaces - going beyond traditional objective approaches, exploring the fictional universe and creating alternative scenarios or critical readings of existing spaces, going in this way against the uncritical saturated media consumption of architectural images. Some examples of these works are the ones of Idris Khan, Olivo Barbieri, Filip Dujardin, Beate Gütschow, Emilio Pemjean or Isabel Brison.

Some issues of interest that can be taken on board by the paper contributions, but not limited to, are:
-  How photography can be used for communicating the way past architecture and city forms relate or confront present architectural programs and public spaces and their contemporary public appropriation; 
- The relation between photography and architecture as a creative process that brings to light new ways of understanding the urban space;
- Blending Photography, Architecture and ICT for visually communicating multiple and overlapping dynamics of change in contemporary urban spaces;

Keynote speaker Beate Güttschow
Table moderated by Pedro Leão Neto