Death to Screens! 10 Years of the Media Wall

10:00am, Tue 11 Jan 2022 - 10:00pm, Sun 13 Feb 2022

A selection of works from the last 10 years of the Media Wall curated by Katrina Sluis and Sam Mercer

A group of people sitting on a bench against a big screen showing a yellow and green circle

Death to Screens! 10 Years of the Media Wall


A selection of works from the last 10 years of the Media Wall curated by Katrina Sluis and Sam Mercer

This event is part of our Past Programme

Over the last decade, the Gallery’s Media Wall has hosted over ten thousand Geocities pages, a cascade of lolcats, multi-layered insta-food porn, synthetic portraiture, Lady Gaga’s little monsters, machine vision datasets and specially commissioned PowerPoint presentations. It has polluted the Gallery with the image exhaust of the contemporary web and supported a new generation of artists responding to photography’s new life on-line and on-screen.

Against all odds, the Media Wall has outlived other technological innovations during this period, from Google Glass to Vine. Installed as part of the expansion and re-furnishment of the Gallery in 2012, the Media Wall was conceived as a dedicated platform for the Digital Programme. However, all good things must come to an end, and in 2022 the Gallery will bid the Media Wall farewell, while the Digital Programme will continue expanding its physical and online presence beyond the screen.

As the Media Wall gasps its last pixelated breaths, selected works from its 10 years of life will flash across its screen over 5 weeks from 11th January – 13th February 2022. Collectively these projects explore themes of identity, representation and commodification from the aftermath of Web 2.0 to an AI spring. Organised around three volumes, the programme bears witness to photography’s shifting role in an increasingly automated and algorithmic visual culture.

A photograph of a cat is on view on a big screen behind two people

Image Proliferation (11 - 23 January)

Image proliferation explores cultures of sharing, virality, community and commodification. This first volume includes the following works:

A grid of 3D rendered birds flapping their wings

Software, Simulation, Signification (24 January – 4 February)

Software, Simulation, Signification features artist commissions engaging with the techniques, the aesthetics and the politics of computer programmes and image rendering. This second section presents the following works:

A composite of food photographies, including avocados, salads, and green smoothies

Platform Seeing, (5 - 13 February)

Platform Seeing presents work commissioned for the Media Wall exploring the aesthetics and politics of the photographic image in an age of algorithmic personalisation, image search and AI including:

Death to Screens! 10 Years of the Media Wall is curated by Katrina Sluis and Sam Mercer. Katrina is presently Adjunct Research Curator at The Photographers’ Gallery and Associate Professor, Australian National University and Sam Mercer is Digital Producer and Assistant Curator, The Photographers’ Gallery.