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>> introduction
       short overview

>> seeing things/

>> PCM/
       'Visibility is a trap'

>> Latour - Pasteur/
       the scientific image

>> Abstraction/
       the paradox status
        of the visual abstract

>> Conclusion/
       outlining along two


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       1. phantom images
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       2. again introducing
            'science and pov'
            to war coverage

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        pov = point of view

This text uses two different strings to lay open the constitution of reality through the transformation of information into knowledge. One is referring to scientific vision and how scientific knowledge is going to be made evident, which means how it becomes established through self-defined proofs. Considering it as a known fact of western societies to define themselves as societies based on a scientific world view, the structure of perception naturally depends on the outlines of these concepts of ‘world making’. The actual example of Sept. 11/01 and war on iraq with its sudden and self-established evidence, which lead to an immediate closure for multitude and different simultaneous approaches, made this quite obvious. Every aspect of ambivalence and insecurity had to be excluded - the most recent claim of this aspects came with the pixelated sight of embedded journalists, which should evoke further analysis.
Parallels spawn along the second line, which is based on the assumption of slightly paranoid social phenomena, developing from this self-centred construction. This condition of conciousness forces the REAL to re-emerge as trauma and an endless repetition without resolution, though the paranoid state evolves as the exacerbation of rational calculation by a troubled psychological economy. This scenario makes it impossible to reveal the self-constitutional implications, without jeopardizing a possible collapse of the whole system.
Obvious connections and similarities between the construction of reality through the devices of scientific research and the evolving social and cultural implications can be regarded as both depending on these self-referential strategies and thus as slightly paranoid. To break the closed circle demands for the endurance of an other point of view, for an awareness of a visibility, which can not be perceived from the acknowledged point of view.

Clues, such as those evolving from experiences like the uncertainty principle, that the observer influences the observed, and the paranoid-critical method for a self-evident production of the real, show possibilities how to operate and question from within the system. The allowance of various contradictory propositions helps to create a wider and unfolding space, which will equally require new definitions of the seen. Technical developments, like those elaborating with non-linearity and inter connectivity (-> www), allow to some extent different operation within more flexible systems of signs. This could lead to an acceptance of a diversity without defining a standardized method/interpretation of the 'reading' in advance. It is the argument for a support of the request of various simultaneous approaches within visualisation. In short the technological and social changes in image/knowledge production need an appropriate flexible adaptation of the evolving visualisations, as increasingly they lose their equivalent in vision, i.e. the seen.
Feb./March 2003

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