the return of the unexpected

In computational photography, camera and picture-taking are perceived as concepts that can be modified in do-it-yourself spirit and are therefore open to discussion, redefinition, and hacking. This artistic approach to the field differs from how the term is understood in the photographic industry where the focus is on features that serve typical photographic purposes.

The digital camera has become increasingly a tool for programming instead of merely recording images. Cameras are also equipped with sensors that retrieve location and position data thus giving rise to expanding the visual realm to location-aware, multisensory and embodied expression. It is still possible to just ‘take pictures’ but the means of visual expression go beyond what is commonly understood as photography.

The work of an artist takes place in close connection to the digital medium and algorithms that are usually not as well-controlled as conventional photographer’s tools, leaving plenty of room for playful and unexpected results. The partly artificial or manipulated nature of the resulting images is in many cases visible – a seemingly faithful representation of reality is abandoned and our aesthetic preconceptions are challenged. The Internet can be seen both as a giant repository of source images, and a platform for shared projects and shared code.

This open call is for artworks of computational photography in the broad meaning of the term. They can be still or moving images, installations, online projects; or devices or social processes used to create new visual languages. The programme section is organised by guest curator Markku Nousiainen and in collaboration with Aalto University Media Factory. The advisory board for this programme sections consists of Antti Huittinen, Jussi Ängeslevä and Miska Knapek.