Magija

Poziv za prispevke in projekte 2020

The belief in some sort of special power of photography persists, our continuous investment with mystical qualities making it one of the most enchanted technologies of present day.

Magija

Poziv za prispevke in projekte 2020

Edvard Curtis: Hamatsa emerging from the woods, c1914 November 13. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. Center Crop.

Rok za oddajo osnutkov prispevkov (150 besed povzetka in/ali vizualije) je 16. december 2019. Rok za oddajo dokončanih prispevkov sprejetih osnutkov je 16. marec 2020. Osnutke pošljite preko spletnega obrazca na: https://www.membrana.si/proposal/ ali nas kontaktirajte neposredno na editors@membrana.org.

Since the invention of photography, our relationship with the medium, the image taking apparatus and photographs as objects has always been invested with a set of beliefs in the excessive, pervasive, almost magical power of photography. 

From early belief in the photography’s ‘soul-stealing’ capabilities to the contemporary belief in photography’s ‘data-stealing’ ones, our understanding of the origin of medium’s special power changed and evolved – for example from being anchored in the magical emanation of the objects onto paper to datafied signification within the omnipresent apparatus of social surveillance. But the belief in some sort of special power of photography persists, our continuous investment with mystical qualities making it one of the most enchanted technologies of present day. 

This investment goes well beyond vernacular fascination with photographs of loved ones being something more than their mere pictorial representations and extends beyond professional and institutional settings into the very foundations of photographic theory. The magical element of photography was addressed in Benjaminian fissure between the shamanistic and chirurgic, in Barthesian insistence on photography as magic rather than art, in Piercean simultaneity of iconicity and indexicality, in Marxist and psychoanalytical notions of photography’s fetishism etc. In practices as diverse as photojournalism and spiritualism, photography has been invested with the notion that it can reveal more than the human eye, piercing the reality and turning unseen into seen, absent into present, distant into close, transgressing both the limitations of human perception and physical limitations of space and time. It is no surprise that it was and is intensively used to grasp the world further removed from our own senses but at the same time it could never be reduced to just being an extension of our senses. 

It conjured up new dimensions of seeing – distinctly photographic ones – and had never stopped stirring the search for the unknown, unseen, incomprehensible, excessive, enchanted – the magical of the world, be it through spirit photography, UFO photography, cryptozoology, or even ‘thoughtography’. Through such ‘excessive’ investments, photography came to be used as an object of societal magical rituals – either explicitly, as in voodoo practices, healing and curing rituals, spiritualistic rituals, or occultism, or implicitly, in its everyday uses, such as family photography, documentation of the rites of passage, or post-mortem photography. 

We invite textual and visual contributions that explore both the magical nature of photography and its power of revealing the magic of the world from (but not limited to) the following perspectives: 

  • Photography and the inexplicable 
  • Revelatory power of photography – seeing the unseen 
  • Revelatory power of photography – excess, abundance, and world disclosure 
  • Ritualistic aspects of photography/Everyday rituals as contemporary magic 
  • Photography and religious practices, voodoo, shamanism 
  • Photography and fetishism/Photographs as fetishized commodities 
  • Photography, trickery and/as magic 
  • Spirit and medium photography 
  • Culturally specific magical usages of photography 
  • Magic in contemporary art photography 
  • Photography and authority figures (saints, martyrs, and political leaders) 
  • Apotropaic uses of photography 
  • Phantasmagoria and photography 
  • Photography and the re-enchantment of modernity 
  • Photography, magic, and virtual reality 
  • Photography, magic, and feminism 
  • Photography, magic, and ecology 
  • Photography, vibrant matter, and other new materialisms 
  • Photography, spiritualism, and cosmology 
  • Photography – magic, art or science? 

Format of contributions 


  • Essays, theoretical papers, overview articles, interviews (approx. 14.000 characters with spaces), visuals encouraged. 
  • Short essays, columns (approx. 6.000 characters with spaces), visuals encouraged. 
  • Photographic projects and artwork: proposals for non-commissioned work or samples of work. 

Contributions will be published in the English edition – magazine Membrana (ISSN 2463-8501) as well as in the Slovenian edition – magazine Fotografija (ISSN 1408-3566). 

Proposals and deadlines 


Please contact the editors at editors(at)membrana.si. The deadline for contribution proposals (150-word abstracts and/or visuals) is December 16, 2019. The deadline for finished contributions from accepted proposals is March 16, 2020. Please send proposals or contact the editors at editors@membrana.org. 

About Membrana / Fotografija


Membrana is a contemporary photography journal dedicated to promoting a profound and theoretically grounded understanding of photography. Its aim is to encourage new, bold, and alternative conceptions of photography as well as new and bold approaches to photography in general. Positioning itself in the space between scholarly journal and popular publications, it offers an open forum for critical reflection on the medium, presenting both analytical texts and quality visuals. The journal is published bi-annually in the summer and winter in the English and in Slovenian under the title Fotografija by the Slovene non-profit institute Membrana. 

Rok za oddajo osnutkov prispevkov (150 besed povzetka in/ali vizualije) je 16. december 2019. Rok za oddajo dokončanih prispevkov sprejetih osnutkov je 16. marec 2020. Osnutke pošljite preko spletnega obrazca na: https://www.membrana.si/proposal/ ali nas kontaktirajte neposredno na editors@membrana.org.

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Podaljšan rok za oddajo predlogov prispevkov (povzetki dolžine do 150 besed in/ali slikovno gradivo) je 11. junij 2021. Podaljšan rok za oddajo celotnih prispevkov na podlagi izbranih predlogov je 16. avgust 2021. Predloge pošljite prek spletnega obrazca ali se obrnite na nas prek kontaktnega obrazca in/ali naslova editors(at)membrana.org.

Rok za oddajo osnutkov prispevkov (150 besed povzetka in/ali vizualije) je 27. julij 2020. Rok za oddajo dokončanih prispevkov sprejetih osnutkov je 21. september 2020. Osnutke pošljite preko spletnega obrazca na: https://www.membrana.si/proposal/ ali nas kontaktirajte neposredno na editors@membrana.org.

kje: Cankarjev dom, sejna soba M3/4
kdaj: 27. februar 2020, 0b 18. uri

kje: Galerija Jakopič, Ljubljana, v sklopu razstave Jaka Babnik: Pigmalion
kdaj: 5. december 2019
trajanje: 18.00 – 21.00
sodelujeta: dr. Victor Burgin, dr. Ilija T. Tomanić
moderator: dr. Jan Babnik

  • 18.00: Predavanje Victorja Burgina: Kaj je kamera? Kje je fotografija?
  • 19.00: Predstavitev nove številke revije Fotografije (Kamera in aparat: Izbrani spisi Victorja Burgina) v pogovoru z umetnikom in teoretikom Victorjem Burginom in Ilijo T. Tomanićem, piscem spremne besede k slovenskemu prevodu. Pogovor bo moderiral Jan Babnik, gl. in odgovorni urednik revije Fotografija
  • 20.30: razprodaja preteklih številk revije Fotografija

Rok za oddajo osnutkov prispevkov (150 besed povzetka in/ali vizualije) je 16. december 2019. Rok za oddajo dokončanih prispevkov sprejetih osnutkov je 16. marec 2020. Osnutke pošljite preko spletnega obrazca na: https://www.membrana.si/proposal/ ali nas kontaktirajte neposredno na editors@membrana.org.

Kdaj: 18. julij 2019 ob 10.00
Trajanje:
90 min
Kje: Prvo preddverje Cankarjevega doma, Prešernova cesta 10, 1000 Ljubljana (vhod iz pasaže Maximarket)
Delavnico vodita: Leopold Štefanič in Neža Ternik

Rok za oddajo osnutkov prispevkov (150 besed povzetka in/ali vizualije) je 09. april 2019. Rok za oddajo dokončanih prispevkov sprejetih osnutkov je 24. junij 2019. Osnutke pošljite preko spletnega obrazca na: https://www.membrana.si/proposal/ ali nas kontaktirajte neposredno na editors@membrana.org.

Kontaktiraje urednike na editors@membrana.si. Rok za predloge prispevkov (izvlečki dolžine 150 besed in/ali slikovno gradivo) je 18.1. 2019. Rok za dokončane prispevke na podlagi sprejetih predlogov je 20.3.2019. Predloge pošljite na editors@membrana.org.

Kontaktiraje urednike na editors@membrana.org. Rok za dokončane prispevke na podlagi sprejetih predlogov je 30. september 2018. Predloge pošljite na editors@membrana.org.

kje: Galerija Jakopič, Ljubljana, v sklopu razstave Marc Riboud: Čuječi popotnik. Zavedni fotograf
kdaj: 14. junij 2018
trajanje: 17.00 – 19.00
moderatorka: Jasna Jernejšek
sodelujejo: Nada Žgank, Meta Krese, Jasna Podreka in Svetlana Slapšak

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