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Representation and Its Double (repost)

(FOAM Blog repost #7) Representation and Its Double by Ken Schles   We abstract the world in order to know it better. Perhaps this sounds counterintuitive, but to understand something one needs to separate oneself from it. The distance we create from the world when we abstract it—when we codify it and model it and … Continue reading

A Call From The Wilderness (repost)

FOAM Blog repost #2 A Call from the Wilderness, or What Gets Lost and What Gets Created by Ken Schles   Far from it for me to second-guess policy concerning the Eurozone’s economic crisis or make statements on Dutch economic policy or policies that affect regional arts funding in provincial areas. I am not Dutch … Continue reading

Staving Off Infinite Regress By Way of Interpreting Agee. By Ken Schles

FOAM Blog reposting #1 (this is a reposting of an essay that originally appeared on the FOAM online site. Images coming soon as will more essays in this series) Staving Off Infinite Regress By Way of Interpreting Agee. By Ken Schles     James Agee, begins his essay, A Way of Seeing (which can be … Continue reading

Photoworld Interview

Xingjiang, a reporter from Photoworld magazine in China, interviewed me about Ken Schles: Invisible City, A Digital Resource, the digital photobook I did with Matt Johnston of the Photobook Club in England (link below). The magazine belongs to the Chinese Xinhua News Agency, the national news agency of China. In January they ran a feature … Continue reading

Images and Emergence

Ken Schles considers how image-making, like other forms of technology, has implications far beyond its primary purpose. For the FOAM blog. (new link redirects as the FOAM link expired)

Representation And Its Double

2012 November 08 Essay Representation And Its Double. Ken Schles explains photography’s infinite capacity to distort our understanding of reality as well as add to it. For the FOAM Blog. (new link redirects as the FOAM link expired)

The Scale of Reality

We live in a physical world and we live in an image world. Ken Schles looks at the relationship between our relative size, the tools we make and the ideas we have to explain how we see and experience the world. For the FOAM Blog. (new link redirects as the FOAM link expired)

In Splendid Isolation

I just got my copy of the new issue of FOAM Magazine, “Ref.” “The summer issue of Foam Magazine reflects deeply on relationships between photography and reference. Ref. presents eight portfolios which [sic] refer each in their own way to other photos, a specific visual style or language, or to stereotypical visual elements that we recognize … Continue reading

The Look Of Love

About six weeks ago both my aged parents died. They had a dual funeral. Their coffins were lowered side by side, simultaneously into their grave. After hearing of this, more than one person has asked me if they were in an accident. There had been no accident. They died independently of each other, in separate … Continue reading

A Call from the Wilderness, or What Gets Lost and What Gets Created

[New blog entry for the FOAM Museum  Blog in Amsterdam. This is how they describe it: Foam Blog’s heavyweight Ken Schles is back. Here he acknowledges the important role programmes like Noorderlicht play in supporting the development of an artist’s practice.] Far from it for me to second-guess policy concerning the Eurozone’s economic crisis or make … Continue reading