David Bate, Stalker, 2008
Medium: Digital Photograph
Size: 57 x 38cm
David Bate will discuss his recent photographic works in relation to the poetics and politics of exhibiting images in public. Arguing that the practice of exhibiting pictures in public has a specific history, his talk will suggest that pleasure has a particular set of roles and functions to play in art practice and that these need to be negotiated in a politics of “openness”.
His recent photographic work “Zone” is based around the theme of the science fiction story A Roadside Picnic and Andrei Tarkovsky’s 1979 film Stalker. “Zone” is currently on show at London West Gallery, London and has toured in the UK, Ireland, France and Belgium. A section of his recent work on Las Vegas called “DeRealization” is currently on show in the Fantastic Realism exhibition at the Tallin Art Hall, Estonia.
David Bate is an artist, writer and Course Leader of the MA Photographic Studies at the University of Westminster, London. His visual work has been shown widely in contemporary galleries and his writings published in such journals as Afterimage, Creative Camera, and Third Text. His book Photography and Surrealism: Sexuality, Colonialism and Social Dissent was published in February this year by IB Tauris.