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Secret images

Daniel Mann & Laliv Melamed

EN. What are secret images? Are they simply images that show us the discrete and hidden objects that authority seeks to keep invisible, or rather, they are paradoxically the images that we do not see at all, since secrets ontologically dissolve with their own exposure - migrating elsewhere - to the periphery of the frame.

What if the secret slips away from our fixed gaze with its sudden exposure as an image? No doubt, the capacity of images to provide visible evidence to what has been there, in front of the camera’s lens (whether a smartphone, drone or satellite), enables an image to reveal clandestine installations, activities and operations. The seductive fantasy of revelation, however, has often been dictated by a visual regime that sought to frame a secret and to pin it down to the specificity of a singular event. To rethink the capacity of images to reveal secrets; or better yet, to reassess the role of images in producing a discourse of transparency, a new taxonomy of ‘secret images’ should be assembled.

This two-day workshop invites artists and scholars to think and speculate on the various and often contradicting modes of secrecy which emanate from the flood of images that appear daily on our screens.

Laliv Melamed is a research fellow at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Tel Aviv University. She holds a PhD in Cinema Studies from New York University and has worked on the topic of soldiers’ video commemoration and the politics of non-fiction media. Melamed is a film curator and a programmer for DocAviv Film Festival She is currently working on a book manuscript entitled Sovereign Intimacy: Commemorative Home Videos and the Politics of Loss. Daniel Mann (Israel) is a PhD candidate in the Department of Media and Communications at Goldsmiths College, University of London. Mann’s work in film and video has been shown internationally at various venues such as IDFA, the Rotterdam Film Festival and the Institute for Contemporary Arts in Tel Aviv. His new feature film, titled Low Tide, is selected to premiere at the 2017 Berlinale.

FR. Qu’est ce qu’une image secrète ? Est-ce une image qui nous montre des objets, des événements qu’une autorité souhaiterait garder cachés ou est-ce une image qui resterait hors de notre vue, de notre connaissance, puisqu’ - ontologiquement – les secrets se dissolvent lors de leur propre exposition?

La capacité des images à fournir des preuves visibles de ce qui est présent ou de ce qui se passe devant l’objectif permet de révéler des activités ou des opérations «clandestines». Cependant, ce fantasme séduisant de la révélation est souvent dicté par un régime visuel qui cherche à encadrer, limiter un secret et à le fixer à la spécificité d’un événement singulier.

Ce workshop invite à réfléchir et à spéculer sur les différents et souvent contradictoires modes du secret des images qui émanent quotidiennement de nos écrans.


  • Vendredi 10 Mars de 18h30 à 21h00
  • Samedi 11 Mars de 15h00 à 19h00
  • Séance : 1,25 € / 2€ / 5 €
    Entrée libre : Membre + étudiants - 18 ans