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The Volca project: A sensory experiment in collaborative visualisation

Buzzo, Daniel



The Volca project is a speculative photography research project that is in parts a proposal, a sensory experiment and also continual work in progress. Volca is an experi- mental camera apparatus for recording what Flusser [8, 9] would term ’technical images’, that is, images produced by machines or technical processes. It’s design is to deliber- ately open the discussion of what it is to be photographer, or collaborator or even facilitator of a complex apparatus with a discrete system at it’s core. A system that extends beyond the physical body of the device and reaches into the heart of our human culture of creation, consumption, reflec- tion, storytelling and the active shaping of our identity and self image.
The Camera is seen as a collaborative apparatus, as the camera has ’possibility’ encoded into it. The photographer or ’facilitator’ of the apparatus selects one of these possibil- ities in a collaborative process with the apparatus, and the program of image production encoded within it.
The project has several separate aspects dealing with hard- ware, software, interaction design and media and photo- graphic theory. The making, distribution, display and con- sumption of these new speculative photographs is a vital part of the investigation of what can be considered the sys- tem of photography. A system where camera and photographer are only a small part of the philosophical whole. This paper and the body of work it describes is aimed at a dis- cussion of what it is to engage with speculative design and what the notion of speculative photography may be.


Buzzo, D. (2018, April). The Volca project: A sensory experiment in collaborative visualisation. Paper presented at The Fifth International Conference on Transdisciplinary Imaging

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (unpublished)
Conference Name The Fifth International Conference on Transdisciplinary Imaging
Start Date Apr 18, 2018
End Date Apr 20, 2018
Acceptance Date Feb 1, 2018
Publication Date Apr 20, 2018
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Keywords sensory
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Additional Information Title of Conference or Conference Proceedings : Transimage 2018


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