DATA-VIOLENCE | Machine Vision
☆ Screening of Prison Images (2000), Harun Farocki, – 1h 20m
☆ How Not to be Seen: A Fucking Didactic Educational .MOV File (2013), Hito Steyerl – 16m
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Machine vision is predictive policing, biometric border regimes, Amazon tracking collars for workers and AI warfare; it is also the leaked Guantanamo Bay torture photos and the (so called) horizontally organized social media revolutions of the Arab Spring. Whether approached as a policed and compromised visibility – the now predictable weekly news 'scandals' of Facebook selling your data and collaborating with the police – or as a potentially liberatory instrument, the power of tech to visualize, map, and control data has made it an essential tool of governance, profit and resistance.
In the films of Harun Farocki and Hito Steyerl the politics of machine vision are approached. In Prison Images, Farocki looks at the links between surveillance and disciplinary technologies of the prison system and the world ‘outside’ of it. In How Not to be Seen, Steyerl comically engages with the possibilities of becoming invisible, raising questions about politics in the age of networked hyper-visibility.
DATA-VIOLENCE will hopefully be an ongoing series of sounds, hacking, films, performances and talks; motivated by our common desire to create new forms of life against, within and through technology in the capitalocene era.