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|'One essential moment of
contemporary ideology is the claim, that everything can be seen, that
the world lies in front of us like an open book. This extreme form
of transparency can also be traced in the glassy architecture of consum-buildings
or in the cult of privat exhibitionism, which is constantly
produced through media.'1
Seeing and beeing watched has been becoming an obsession mainly in
industrialized countries, where life is increasingly lived under constant
visual or audio surveillance.
|2 'cyber-moderne', p.226
3 'Machinic Vision', p.27
| Today the interpretation of the visible
reality became replaced through the production of visibility and also
by the production of virtual reality.2 And,
besides all human-machinic influences and interaction, what is more
important, it cannot be done without the recoding of a machinic interpretation.
'Machinic Vision, as I shall use the term, presupposes not only an
environment of interacting machines and human -machine systems but
a field of decoded perceptions that, whether or not produced by or
issuing from these machines, assume their full intelligibility only
in relation to them.'3
|4 in 'The Visual Culture
|When we take a look at
'how technologies see trough us' it shouldn't be forgotten that 'technology
may determine what is shown, but society determines what is seen.'4
Audiovisual transmissions have to be understood, if they at least
can be taken for some reference more likely as an electronical detection
and therefore a transformation of the surrounding world for the purpose
of technological sight.
| The myth of pure objectivity which
is coming along so many times with scientific images became very obvious
in the so called 'operational images' receiving from smart bombs during
some last wars. The mere fact that these images are abstract and need
professional interpretation seemed to made them unquestionable.
|| But as just
mentioned before more then ever should be regarded who took the images,
for what purpose and in what kind of context.
So to see means actually to interpret successfully the information
in the change of code of representation digital data is transmitting.
Links to more and profound information:
robots and their view:
- urban robot
in the sky
various smart systems:
metering and control
low quality movie on war