Digital technologies not only enable new forms of experience but are also radically changing the human relation to images and visuality as such. Theorists and artists are becoming increasingly aware of the inadequacy of existing concepts and paradigms addressing the aesthetic, epistemological, political, and social implications of the current production and consumption of digital images.

If today people increasingly face an augmented reality in their everyday life, how will this regime of artificial intelligence affect human perceptions of time, reality, space, the body, and alterity? Can operational images performing specific tasks independently of human control or pictures created by algorithms still be considered by themselves? What about digital media environments that no longer represent anything but are designed to stimulate a multisensory and interactive experience: aren’t they perhaps closer to ‘an-icons’, that is, images that tend to negate themselves as images? And how can one envision the future of images at the crossroads of Internet and Post-Internet art? The workshop will delve into questions concerning the ‘nature’ and role of digital images.

Mitra Azar (aka Emanuele Andreoli) is a video-squatter and ARThropologist with a background in aesthetic philosophy. For the last ten years he has been investigating crisis areas in some of the most controversial places through the lens of visual art, filmmaking, and performance. He is currently a PhD candidate at Aarhus University, as well as part of the Geneve2020 think tank (Institute of Research and Innovation, Centre Pompidou). He currently is a visiting scholar at Duke University and the University of California, Berkeley. His work has been featured in academic and exhibition contexts at, among others, Cambridge, NYU, MOMI NY, Spectacle Cinema NY, the School of Creative Media at the City University of Hong Kong, Goldsmiths, the Havana Biennial, The Influencers, Fotomuseum Winterthur, the Venice Bienniale, the Transmediale, Macba [Sonia] Podcast, and the Berlinale.

Jacob Lund is associate professor of Aesthetics and Culture and Director of the research programme ‘Contemporary Aesthetics and Technology’ at the School of Communication and Culture, Aarhus University, Denmark. He is also editor-in-chief of The Nordic Journal of Aesthetics. Lund has published widely within aesthetics, art history, critical theory, and comparative literature. Currently he is finishing a four-year collective  research project called ‘The Contemporary Condition’, which focuses on the concept of contemporaneity and changing experiences of time ( His publications as part of the project include The Contemporary Condition: Introductory Thoughts on Contemporaneity and Contemporary Art(2016, with Geoff Cox) and Anachrony, Contemporaneity and Historical Imagination (2019).

Marisa Olson is an artist and media theorist who performs research in the history of technology and its cultural and environmental affects. She is responsible for coining the term Postinternet Art in 2006. Her work has been presented at the Whitney Museum, the New Museum, Venice Biennale, Fotomuseum Winterthur, C/O Berlin, National Museum of Contemporary Art Athens, Tate Modern + Liverpool, British Film Institute, PS122, Performa Biennial, Samek Museum, and Bard CCS.

In English

16:30 Opening remarks by Cristina Baldacci

16:40 Jacob Lund
Notes on the Changing Status of the Image

17:00 Marisa Olson
The Post-Internet Image at the End of the World Wide Web

17:20 Mitra Azar
From Big Data to POV-Opticon and Algorithmic POV: The Case of

17:40 Discussion followed by a Q&A
With Cristina Baldacci (Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia/ICI Berlin) and Andrea Pinotti (Università degli Studi di Milano)

18:30 Coffee break

19:30 Keynote
Andrea Pinotti An-Icons: Environmentalizing Pictures

Mitra Azar
Jacob Lund
Marisa Olson
and Andrea Pinotti as discussant
Organized by

Cristina Baldacci

No registration required. Free admission and open to the public. The audience is presumed to consent to a possible recording on the part of the ICI Berlin. If you would like to attend the event yet might require assistance, please contact Event Management.

KV Art and Environment

image credit © Claudia Peppel

photos by Giuseppe Boccassini