The social media celebrity may yet be considered iconic of the digital age, such appears to be the impact of early 21st century popular visual cultures upon society.
The ubiquity of these lives displayed via social media platforms such as Instagram and YouTube – considered in parallel with the persistence of a photographic ‘truth-to-reality’ – blurs the boundaries of realism. In the digital age, celebrity selves appear genuine, accessible – achievable. This is a quiet amplification of the idea of the self, a self commoditised. This new extension to celebrity bypasses a talent for entertainment, the product for consumption is simply ‘me’.
We seek proposals for 20-minute papers that offer new perspectives on the visual representation of the changing realities of celebrity culture. We especially invite PG and ECR researchers working with a photographic practice to submit, and we welcome papers that encompass artistic projects, films and visual presentations alongside theoretical papers.
KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: STEPHEN BULL (UNIVERSITY OF BRIGHTON) AND TOM OLDHAM (PHOTOGRAPHER)
AUB Photography Research Group
Wednesday 27 March 2019
Start: 10.00, close 17.00