After we came to belief that almost everything can be made visible
with all these distributing and extending devices, we now want to
teach the machines to mimic, find and follow by themselves. (robot
tracking a door movie)
Here again the various fields of machinic vision intermingle. Pattern
recognition leading to auto tracking, neuronal research fields getting
mixed with motion control - just to put it very simply.
In the middle of all, still be looked at as the ultimate of objective
sight and perception smart devices. Thus delivering highly abstract
Developing from this physical space is increasingly going to be extracted
to data by surveillance systems, satellites, scanning systems, tracking
systems, computervision, smart devices and so on.
1 'Die Sehmaschine', p.145
2 'Visual Culture (an introduction)', p.27
|For example radar was one of the early
systems to enhance vision to the electromagnetic spectrum and thus
recording the objects' position in space. At the same time it delivers
its data-image instantaneously.
At this point for Virilio the reality
of the presence of an object collapses through real-time transmission.1
Eventhough exactly this seems to be one of our current assumptions
as 'in the spectacular society we are sold the sizzle rather than
the steak, the image rather than the object.'2,
what sounds more important is the conclusion of L.Manovich.
||He claims, that the technologies of
remote sensing in the beginning were relying again on the principle
of perspective. Thus the old principles of the construction of a space
that is not in essence the visual one are at least inherent to the
seeing devices and our utilization of them. Today this way of monitoring
space leads to a mapping, which forms an overlay of extracted data
of former non-visible space, i.e. could not been percepted this way,
though nowadays to be navigated by remote control.
|3 Der Spiegel, 13/2002,
(s*/no more free access)
|Extreme examples are the smart weapons,
tracking systems, computer-vision and commando rooms in Florida/ USA
for the war in Afghanistan.3
Some links to more and profound information:
Video Surveillance and Monitoring (3 year research project)
Resolution Comparison (FAS)