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Fri, Nov 3, 2023,103:30 Silver Eye Center for Photography
4808 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
Free with Registration


Radial Survey Vol.3 Symposium: Presence

Radial Survey Vol. 3 Symposium: Presence will be held at Silver Eye on Friday November 3. Join artists, scholars, researchers, and community members from around the region for a day of conversations on the work in Radial Survey Vol.3 and the survey’s broader implications. Registration is free but space is limited to help facilitate meaningful conversation.


Symposium Format

The Radial Survey Symposium seeks to create an environment of meaningful conversation and discussion around the issues and themes of Radial Survey Vol.3 among all of the symposium participants. The participants include exhibiting artists, Radial Survey curators, scholars, artists, and photography lovers from around the Radial Survey region. To help facilitate meaningful conversation the symposium will be capped at 30 participants.

Symposium Schedule

10:00: Coffee and welcome remarks from Leo Hsu

10.10-11.00 Panel 1: New perceptions: in-between the known and unknown

Ways of seeing inherited from the history of photography frequently affect contemporary expression and perception. Works in this exhibition often disrupt familiar genres, simultaneously reveal and conceal, or reflect material interventions by hand that extend time or place. How do these artists reorient long-held assumptions about photography? How can such seemingly destabilizing processes nurture new ways of seeing?

Panelists: Alanna Fields, Marissa Long, Lisa Toboz
Moderated by Helen Trompeteler

11.00-11.10 Break

11.10-12.00: Panel 2: Photography is not a line: world-building through multiple voicings

Many of the artists in Radial Survey deploy multiple voices that may differ in perspective or possibility or that bring together certain forms of knowledge or experience. Together these multiple voices can create complex, nuanced, and powerful senses of relations between time, space, and subjectivity. How can such frameworks create spaces for world-building?

Panelists: Akea Brionne, Eduardo L. Rivera, Shane Rocheleau
Moderated by Leo Hsu

12-1.30: Lunch: Generously sponsored by Adda Coffee

1.30-2.20: Panel 3: Visibility and Presence

The work in Radial Survey collectively speaks to uses of photography that complicate the relationship between presence, visibility, invisibility and absence. In doing so, how do these artists speak to what exists as well as what can be in the future?

Panelists include all Radial Survey artists present
Moderated by Leo Hsu and Helen Trompeteler

2.20-2.30: Break

2.30-3.20: Closing Panel: Reflecting on the Radius

Since Radial Survey began five years ago, the basic concept of showcasing artists making important work within the radius—300 miles around Pittsburgh—has not changed. But the program has gradually shifted in its shape, adjusting with each iteration to respond to the world around us and to discourses around contemporary photography.

What are the intersecting and overlapping spheres and communities that exist in and move through the radius? How can we expand our future understanding to perceive the Radius as a multidimensional space with ever-evolving connections?

Moderated by Leo Hsu