Lecture: Radical Detectives, Forensic Photography and the Aesthetics of Aftermath

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Former forensic photographer and current artist and gallery preparator, Luke Turner, (who I have had the good fortune to work with) is giving a lecture on July 13th, and will present images from the history of forensic photography, slides from cases that he has photographed, and documentation of modern and contemporary art works that engage the viewer in the reconstruction process. Some relevant concepts explored by artists are crime scene reconstruction in Pierre Huyghe’s “Third Memory”, entropy in the work of Robert Smithson, accumulation in Barry LeVa’s pieces, the logic of sensation in the painting of Francis Bacon, something about that guy that had himself shot in a gallery, and many more. He will also discuss the curatorial work of Ralph Rugoff, and Luc Sante who have both made important connections between art and the forensic image.

Here's a link to that event, plus other interesting talks at the Observatory at 543 Union St. in Gowanus, Broooklyn: http://morbidanatomy.blogspot.com/2010/06/few-upcoming-observatory-event...

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