A two-day symposium, Dark Rooms: Photography and Invisibility, will be held in The Friend Center, Room 101, at Princeton University on October 7 & 8, 2005. The symposium, organized by Professor Anne McCauley and sponsored by the David A. Gardner '69 Magic Project and the Department of Art and Archaeology, focuses on the ways that photography has been used to document and explore the limits of the visible and the world of the invisible from its invention through the early twentieth century. Speakers will include Pierre Apraxine, Carol Armstrong, Marta Braun, Clément Chéroux, Jonathan Crary, Andreas Fischer, Peter Geimer, Tom Gunning, André Gunthert, Linda Henderson, and Alexandra Owen. The symposium coincides with the exhibition, The Perfect Medium: Photography and the Occult, held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York from September 27-December 31, 2005. Registration is free, but must be made via the online registration form.. For further information, contact Professor Anne McCauley, mccauley@princeton.edu.
Friday, October 7, 2005
12:30PM - 1:00PM
Welcome and Introduction
Anne McCauley, Princeton University
Perfecting 'The Perfect Medium': An Introduction to the Exhibition
Pierre Apraxine, Gilman Paper Collection
Visual Incapacities in the Early Nineteenth Century
Jonathan Crary, Columbia University
Coffee Break
Blow-Up/Break-Down: Microphotography and the 'Optical Unconscious'
Peter Geimer, Institute for Science Studies/ ETH Zurich
Hands-on Photography: Heat, Sweat, and the Absence of Light
Carol Armstrong, Princeton University
Saturday, October 8, 2005
Coffee and late registration
Specters of Photography: Gustave Le Bon, Science or Glory
André Gunthert, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris
Invisible and Ubiquitous: The Ether, Photography, and Art in the Early Twentieth Century
Linda Henderson, University of Texas at Austin
Bragaglia, the Occult, and its Invisible
Marta Braun, Ryerson Polytechnic University, Toronto
Photographs of Fluids around 1900
Clément Chéroux, French Academy in Rome
Photography as a Link between Art, Hypnosis and Mediumship: The Work of Albert von Schrenck-Notzing (1862-1929)
Andreas Fischer, Freiburg Institut für Grenzgebiete der Psychologie und Psychohygiene
Coffee Break
Arthur Conan Doyle and the Case of the Cottingley Fairy Photographs
Alexandra Owen, Northwestern University
Fixing the Invisible Image: Discourses of Transparency and Reflection from Pepper's Ghosts to Cinema Specters
Tom Gunning, University of Chicago
Panel Discussion and Conclusion