BUSCANDO A MARSHALL MCLUHAN EN AFGANISTÁN:
CENTRO DE FOTOGRAFÍA DE MONTEVIDEO, DECEMBER-MARCH 2016

The Centro de Fotografía de Montevideo, Uruguay, one of the most established photographic centres in Latin America, is mounting a three-month long outdoor solo exhibition of Looking for Marshall McLuhan in Afghanistan, in Spanish translation. The exhibition is accompanied by a symposium from December 4th to 7th.

FROM SMARTPHONE TO PALLADIUM: PHOTOVILLE BROOKLYN, SEPTEMBER 2015

Photoville’s fourth edition in Brooklyn Bridge Park welcomed over 72,000 visitors. Shipping containers repurposed as gallery spaces offered the perfect setting for the “book as installation” of Looking for Marshall McLuhan in Afghanistan: From Smartphone to Palladium. The installation in a 60 foot long shipping container included 15 archival palladium prints, over thirty text panels, and eleven “Didactic Panels” illustrating the print making process at Bob Carnie’s laboratory in Toronto.

FROM SMARTPHONE TO PALLADIUM: THE SCOTIABANK CONTACT PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL, MAY 2015

Looking for Marshall McLuhan in Afghanistan “From Smartphone to Palladium” at Bob Carnie Printmaking, a Feature Exhibition of the 2015 Scotiabank Toronto Contact Photography Festival, April – May 2015.
High tech meets low tech in the battlefields and in the printing process itself. Master Printer Bob Carnie, assisted by Paulette Michayluk, takes the ephemeral digital photographs Leistner shot on an iPhone and recreates them in the most permanent colour photographic printing process known: palladium with applied pigments, using time-honoured techniques invented in the 19th century. This exhibition also includes a series of didactic panels illustrating the printing process from digital to palladium. Leistner and Carnie re-imagine the relationship between contemporary smartphone photographs and traditional printing. The former use algorithms to create faux antiquing and retro effects. The latter, painterly and unique, are the genuine article, which their algorithmic descendants, longing for a more tangible world, nostalgically invoke.

À LA RECHERCHE DE MARSHALL MCLUHAN EN AFGHANISTAN:
BOOK AS INSTALLATION IN TRANSLATION: LA ROCHELLE, FRANCE, FEBRUARY 2014

The city of La Rochelle France and the Centre Culturel Carré Amelot sponsored a partial translation of the book and hosted the world premier exhibition of the translated pages from January to March 2014. The “translation project” was loaned to the Alliance Française of Toronto for two weeks in November 2014.