About the 2012 Theme

Photographs perform a variety of roles in our visual culture. As documentary objects, photographs are treated as visual evidence–objective records of what has appeared before a camera. On the other hand, the photograph isolates details and causes them to stand out, transforming them into beautiful objects and often suspending them from their place in a broader social, cultural or political context. From detail to the topical survey, from evidentiary to fine art object, from mass media to intimate aide-mémoire, the photograph is a visual and material site that builds, transforms and interrupts our perceptions and our understandings.

The theme of Festival X, 2012 is Otherwise than Seeing: Photograph, Image, Representation. The Festival invites local galleries, curators and exhibition spaces to explore how the photographic image frames and re-presents the world to us, and how it invites us to see otherwise.

Randy Innes, November 2011

On Pictures, Seeing and Criticism:

Read Randy's essay of the 2012 theme for Festival X.

The preliminary notes of the 2012 theme are also avaiablle online.


Presented by Epson Canada Limited
Saint Brigid's Centre for the Arts
Kildare Room, 1pm - 4pm
Event Details

2012 Guest Essayist

X is proud to announce that Randy Innes, a visual and cultural studies scholar with a special interest in the history and theory of photography, has been engaged to provide a thematic essay that will survey participating 2012 Festival X exhibitions.

// Photo Credit - Andrew Carson

Randy Innes is a visual and cultural studies scholar with a special interest in the history and theory of photography. Randy has a Ph.D. from the University of Rochester, and he held the History and Theory of Photography Fellowship at the National Gallery of Canada. He is 2011-2012 Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Cultural Studies at Trent University where he is investigating the effects that visual media have had on our experiences with time in modernity. Randy has published on historical photography, contemporary painting, and museums, and is currently preparing a manuscript on the representation of ruin in visual art. Randy has taught art history, photographic history, and visual theory at Carleton and Trent Universities, and he teaches and contributes to curricular, exhibition and professional development at the School of Photographic Arts: Ottawa.