Making strange in urban landscape photography: the work of Steffi Klenz and Thomas Weinberger

Stara, Alexandra (2010) Making strange in urban landscape photography: the work of Steffi Klenz and Thomas Weinberger. In: Emerging Landscapes; 25 - 27 Jun 2010, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)

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This paper discusses the work of artists Steffi Klenz (b. 1979) and Thomas Weinberger (b. 1964), who share a sustained interest in ‘making strange’ as a device for bringing to visibility the processes that shape our environment. Klenz and Weinberger are among a younger generation of photographers who, across considerable variety of subject matter and technique, have been challenging the categories of ‘urban’ and ‘landscape’ and investing in processes of ambiguation through their work, offering an open space for the viewer’s own projection and engagement. Quite distinct in their specific focus and technique, Klenz and Weinberger turn away from urban life as action, in order to meditate on the spaces where it unfolds. Their work shows complex modes of construction, appropriation and destruction of contemporary urban landscapes and their representations. The work of the two artists will be discussed alongside ideas of the homely and the strange as devices of re-cognition, and will be situated in the context of contemporary photographic practice that rethinks the way we look at our environment.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Event Title: Emerging Landscapes
Research Area: Art and design
History of art, architecture and design
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture (until 2017) > Centre for Contemporary Visual and Material Culture
Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture (until 2017) > School of Architecture and Landscape
Depositing User: Alexandra Stara
Date Deposited: 11 Nov 2011 13:54
Last Modified: 04 May 2012 09:42

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