Dorothée Elisa Baumann is a cross-media interdisciplinary artist currently working in New York City on her research project. The through line in her work is the relationship between humans and technology and the question of alienation.
In her current project she is challenging ideological assumptions in the cultural practices of amateur photography with a special focus on case-studies (Brownie camera, reportage camera, smartphone, drone and smart lenses) of the 20th and 21st century. Technical inventions have always been the lubrication of the engine of capitalism (Marx, 1844). The study of photography can bring important insights as it is the mother of all technical images as Vilém Flusser puts it. The amateur camera is an interesting technology of preliminary stage of automatization what we might describe today as a ‘smart’ tool.
Its history can teach us relevant insights for today’s structural discussions about ethics and technology in relation with ‘creativity' and 'freedom of speech'.
The 'protocol' and the 'script' are currently one of the essential elements that she continues to question in the current project.
Baumann articulates her work through different mediums such as photography, archival and mixed-media installation, traditional and digital collage, video work, performance, operation and essay writing. Her work is to be understood through a holistic approach and as an assemblage of different artistic forms and operations.
Her current project is financed by the SNF Swiss National Research Foundation and the University of Bern Switzerland where she is a member of the interdisciplinary doctoral school Walter Benjamin.