OnScreens-Online Workshop

12 – 18 December 2021


OnScreens aims to situate screens in contemporary visual practice and culture by analysing their various functions and capacities. There are several ways in which we encounter screens in our daily lives, such as interactive screens of mobile phones, moving-image projections, and monitor displays, with any surface having the potential to become a screen if light is projected upon it. Screens are not just the means to partake in social, economic, and cultural activities – they also re-establish and blur spatial and temporal boundaries. Though the relationship of, and with, screens extends to various areas of contemporary life, it is in media art practices that we see screens doing something other than display, communicate, and interact.

OnScreens will trace the history of screens in pre-cinema and present media devices to mainly pay close attention to the operations of screens in the contemporary human-machine arrangement that they are a part of. The workings of screens in this context will be examined in relation to other elements that accompany them including images, light, and frames. With deliberations on various diverse theoretical frameworks and creative practices, OnScreens will attempt to articulate different understandings of screens and their becomings.

Part of ‘Propositions: Expanded Art Practices’ organized by Reliable Copy in collaboration with Gallery Ark.