Photographic images now offer a whole range of options for self-presentation – with just a few clicks a selfie can be taken, edited, and then shared and circulated on social networking platforms like Instagram. The workshop will focus on the opportunities and challenges intrinsic to the act of (self )presentation: What freedom are we afforded by digital media? How far are influencers – or we, for that matter – prepared to go to obtain the perfect, self-optimised image? In the practical part of the workshop we will take a playful approach to images drawn from the realms of art, pop culture and daily life that deal with societal norms and the role of influencers. How do images shape our perception and sense of self? As they explore the fluid boundaries between photo editing and digital fiction, the participants learn strategies for critically responding to images on the net.

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