Photography from the Turin Shroud to the Turing Machine (Book)

This book introduces two conceptual models for theorizing about photography: the Turin Shroud and the Universal Turing Machine. 

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This book introduces two conceptual models for theorizing about photography: the Turin Shroud and the Universal Turing Machine. The former is utilized to articulate a discussion on photography’s frequently acclaimed ‘ontological privilege’, and how it has conditioned an understanding of photography as a sui-generis breed of images wherein pictorial representation is co-extensive with human vision. This is then contrasted with the Universal Turing Machine. The latter model integrates photography into a framework of media philosophy and algorithmic art. Here photography becomes more than just the present-day sum of its depiction traditions, capturing devices and dissemination networks. Rather it is archetypical of multiple systems of abstraction and classification and various other symbolic processes of transformation.

Yanai Toister is an artist, scholar and occasional curator. His work in recent years has been devoted to re-conceptualizing photography within the contexts of computation and media arts.

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