Zebulon Zang

Zebulon Zang’s work developed from an interest in photographic depiction and illusion, towards a broader and more contextualized approach concerned with the place of optics and photographic technology in the history of art and visual culture. These investigations have led to a focus on the phenomenological and social implications of human invention; particularly optical objects, from the camera obscura to CCD image sensors. Exploring both historical and contemporary methods of mechanical image making, his practice engages with the role that photography and film play not only in art, but also in science, news and politics. Zang’s work inhabits various established forms such as advertising, narrative film and digital animation, as a means of circumventing the expectations and usages of these mediums. The central focus of all these projects remains the image as an object that defines a society and how new forms of media change traditional models of communication.

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