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Kerstin Hamilton

Doctoral student

Kerstin Hamilton
Doctoral student
kerstin.hamilton@akademinvaland.gu.se

Postal Address: Box 131, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Storgatan 43 , 41138 Göteborg


Film, Photo, Literary Composition at HDK-Valand - Academy of Art and Design (More Information)
Box 131
405 30 Göteborg
www.hdk-valand.gu.se
info@hdk-valand.gu.se
031-786 10 00
Visiting Address: Storgatan 43 , Göteborg

About Kerstin Hamilton

Kerstin Hamilton is a PhD candidate in artistic practice with a focus on photography, currently working on the research project The Objectivity Laboratory: Photography and Reality in Times of Post-Truth, developed as part of the PhD program at HDK-Valand.


The research project The Objectivity Laboratory: Photography and Reality in Times of Post-Truth looks at how materialities and processes are visualized using a camera, exploring the photographer’s reach both physically and ethically. With the aim of proposing how to move beyond some of the more incapacitating aspects of ‘representational critique’, the dissertation turns to ‘objectivity’ as an enabling possibility. The dissertation considers how the concept of ‘situated objectivity’ – a new form of ethical, empathic and engaged objectivity – has a productive potential when introduced into the context of documentary photography.


The Objectivity Laboratory: Photography and Reality in Times of Post-Truth was instigated at Valand Academy 2015 and grew out of the research project Nanosocieties which was led by Hamilton and nano scientist Jonas Hannestad.


The research project makes connections between the natural sciences and the field of photography: using the laboratory both physically and as a symbol, the image’s relation to reality is considered. In order for us to experience nanoscale societies, we have to image and imagine the nanoscale particles – representations are our only link to these miniature landscapes. In the research project, nanotechnological laboratories are to an extent regarded as metaphors to discuss questions of representation and photography.


Main outcomes of the work carried out in nanotechnology laboratories are the film Zero Point Energy (2016) which was part of The New Human exhibition at Moderna Museet in Stockholm and Malmö and the two image/text/installation based artworks The Science Question in Feminism (2018) and A World Made by Science (2018) made for the 2018 Riga Biennal Of Contemporary Art.


The research project explores – both visually and theoretically – feminist science scholars Karen Barad and Donna Haraway’s theoretical approaches and tests the applicability of concepts such as 'diffraction' and 'situated knowledges' within photographic contexts. Further, the dissertation maps experimental approaches within contemporary documentary photography and discusses the relation between documentary, photography, post-truth politics and ethics.


A significant production within the research project is the curated exhibition Dear Truth: Documentary Strategies in Contemporary Photography at Hasselblad Center (May 30-September 20, 2020). The exhibition investigates how artists approach complex social and political realities in times of post-truth. Photography is in the exhibition applied as an experimental, inclusive and expanded medium. The exhibition presents artist’s works that insist upon the importance of seeing, knowing and reacting to the complexities and disorders characteristic of our time.


Other parts of the research has been presented at Art Initiative, Stockholm School of Economics and Chalmers University of Technology, at Vetenskapsfestivalen, as a Mobile Exhibition (aimed at youth in Västra Götalandsregionen) and Tekniska Museet among other venues.


Zero Point Energy is available here: https://vimeo.com/230726279

Information about the Riga Biennal Of Contemporary Art:

https://www.rigabiennial.com/archive/riboca-1/artists/kerstin-hamilton
https://www.rigabiennial.com/archive/riboca-1/concept

 

Link to Dear Truth: Documentary Strategies in Contemporary Photography: https://www.hasselbladfoundation.org/wp/portfolio_page/dear-truth-2/


 

Latest publications

A World Made by Science
Kerstin Hamilton
The Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art (RIBOCA). Curatorial concept: Everything Was Forever, Until It Was No More. Chief curator: Katerina Gregos, Artwork 2018
Artwork

The Science Question in Feminism
Kerstin Hamilton
The Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art (RIBOCA). Curatorial concept: Everything Was Forever, Until It Was No More. Chief curator: Katerina Gregor, Artwork 2018
Artwork

A World Made by Science: Experimental Documentary Strategies
Kerstin Hamilton
The International Research Symposium: Interwar Lens Cultures - Photography and Film in Transition 1919-1939 , Conference contribution 2018
Conference contribution

Exploring Experimental Documentary in Sites of Nanotechnology
Kerstin Hamilton
AHA-festivalen at Chalmers University of Technology, Conference contribution 2018
Conference contribution

Experimental Documentary in Nanosocieties II
Kerstin Hamilton
Helsinki Photomedia 2018, Conference contribution 2018
Conference contribution

Subjektiv Objektiv
Kerstin Hamilton
Objektiv, Magazine article 2017
Magazine article

Nanosamhällen
Kerstin Hamilton
Verk tidskrift, Magazine article 2017
Magazine article

Experimental Documentary in Nanosocieties
Kerstin Hamilton
the Artistic Research Week at Oslo National Academy of the Arts, within the Nordic Artistic Research Consortium (NARC), Conference contribution 2017
Conference contribution

Människan och maskinen
Kerstin Hamilton
Vetenskapsfestivalen, Conference contribution 2017
Conference contribution

Zero Point Energy
Kerstin Hamilton
Moderna Museet, Malmö, part of the exhibition The New Human: Knock, Knock is Anyone Home? (Opened 2016-02-26) A-Venue, Gothenburg, part of the exhibition The Research Show and talk. (Opened 2016-04-06) Moderna Museet, Stockholm, part of the exhibition The New Human. (Opened 2016-05-20) Chalmers University of Technology, Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Areas of Advance, Uddevalla, screening and talk (2016-08-23) Galleri Format, Malmö, part of the exhibition Floating Point. (Opened 2016-11-12) Art Division, Stockholm School of Economics, exhibition and lunch talk. (Opened 2016-12-05), Artwork 2016
Artwork

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2018

A World Made by Science
Kerstin Hamilton
The Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art (RIBOCA). Curatorial concept: Everything Was Forever, Until It Was No More. Chief curator: Katerina Gregos, Artwork 2018
Artwork

The Science Question in Feminism
Kerstin Hamilton
The Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art (RIBOCA). Curatorial concept: Everything Was Forever, Until It Was No More. Chief curator: Katerina Gregor, Artwork 2018
Artwork

A World Made by Science: Experimental Documentary Strategies
Kerstin Hamilton
The International Research Symposium: Interwar Lens Cultures - Photography and Film in Transition 1919-1939 , Conference contribution 2018
Conference contribution

Exploring Experimental Documentary in Sites of Nanotechnology
Kerstin Hamilton
AHA-festivalen at Chalmers University of Technology, Conference contribution 2018
Conference contribution

Experimental Documentary in Nanosocieties II
Kerstin Hamilton
Helsinki Photomedia 2018, Conference contribution 2018
Conference contribution

2017

Subjektiv Objektiv
Kerstin Hamilton
Objektiv, Magazine article 2017
Magazine article

Nanosamhällen
Kerstin Hamilton
Verk tidskrift, Magazine article 2017
Magazine article

Experimental Documentary in Nanosocieties
Kerstin Hamilton
the Artistic Research Week at Oslo National Academy of the Arts, within the Nordic Artistic Research Consortium (NARC), Conference contribution 2017
Conference contribution

Människan och maskinen
Kerstin Hamilton
Vetenskapsfestivalen, Conference contribution 2017
Conference contribution

2016

Zero Point Energy
Kerstin Hamilton
Moderna Museet, Malmö, part of the exhibition The New Human: Knock, Knock is Anyone Home? (Opened 2016-02-26) A-Venue, Gothenburg, part of the exhibition The Research Show and talk. (Opened 2016-04-06) Moderna Museet, Stockholm, part of the exhibition The New Human. (Opened 2016-05-20) Chalmers University of Technology, Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Areas of Advance, Uddevalla, screening and talk (2016-08-23) Galleri Format, Malmö, part of the exhibition Floating Point. (Opened 2016-11-12) Art Division, Stockholm School of Economics, exhibition and lunch talk. (Opened 2016-12-05), Artwork 2016
Artwork

Showing 1 - 10 of 13

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