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Trigger #1: Impact

The first printed issue on ‘Impact’ was made in close collaboration with The Royal Academy of Fine Arts (KABK), The Hague, The Netherlands, and guest editor Donald Weber, teacher and researcher at KABK.

This first issue deals with photography's 'impact', in different social and political contexts, in our current time joint and in the past. The core of this issue stems from the questions and concerns with which, the master programme ‘Photography & Society’ at the KABK already deals with; photography as a means to take part in global debate, whether it technological, political, environmental or social.

Three questions guide us through this issue on ‘Impact’:

  • Can we still assume photography’s (age-old) impact in an image-saturated world, where fake news, the questioning of representative democracy and the return of colonial pasts are engaging different political cultures, publics, action and pression groups?
  • How can photography function as a tool for environmental change?
  • What is the role of photographs in political debates?

These questions will be tackled from a photographer’s standpoint, but also from the position of the photograph itself or from the actors (mis)using photographic images to enforce (political) impact. In short, can (or should) photography have (such) an impact on our society.

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Trigger #2: Uncertainty

The School of Speculative Documentary (associated with KASK & Conservatorium / School of Arts Gent, Belgium), FOMU and FW:Books have been collaborating for the publication of Trigger nr. 2 on the issue of UNCERTAINTY. It harbors contributions by, amongst others, Liz Orton, Petra Van Brabandt, T.J. Demos, Duncan Forbes, Max Pinckers, Georges Senga, Hoda Afshar, Fred Ritchin and Wilco Versteeg.


What if we allow speculation, messiness and befoggedness to set the conditions for documentary gestures and practices? What if we start using speculation as a tool, how can we re-imagine past, present and future?

Contemporary documentary practice has a crucial role to play within art, mainstream media and activism. It constitutes less a genre, and more ‘a critical method’ in its own right. How can we rethink the documentary attitude conceptually, formally and methodologically? UNCERTAINTY! What if this unfinished business of the documentary, creates even more possibilities for speculation and imagination? How can we make decentralized, deformatted and polycentric documentaries, even if we assume that we will never fully succeed?

Trigger #2 explores the potentials, the problems and paradoxes of an openly speculative documentary.