Today, the “Spaceship Earth” (Buckminster Fuller) is equipped with myriad sensors – whether in the form of satellites in space or in the sonar measurement devices in the oceans. Only a few of these are classic »camera eyes«, as one knows them in analog photography. They do, however, produce images: the measurement data gained through these sensors are visualized so as to be rendered amenable to interpretation by the human being.
Such measurements and visualizations take up a momentous role in the processes of control and decision in science, politics and the military, in medicine and in the police. The new practices of the two and three-dimensional cartography produce maps in the form of pixels and voxels that can be freely transformed and called up worldwide. They thus change not only the scope of knowledge and surveillance of the world, but open up a new, worldwide sphere of action.
Through video essays and photography, the exhibition »Maschinensehen« [Machinevision] documents the practice of picture production: its devices and technologies, the laboratories, as well as the sites where the new processes are applied. In addition, it shows a selection of current objects of research: from self-experiments in a brain scanner, the reconstruction of crime scenes through 3D photography, the remeasurement of the continental shelf and the fight for raw material resources, the automation of dairy farming, measurement flight in the atmosphere, up to the evaluation of satellite imagery.
The project »Maschinensehen« is based on the field research of an interdisciplinary seminar at the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design (HfG), directed by Prof. Armin Linke and curated by Anselm Franke.
- Exhibitions team
Michael Clegg (project participation)
Kilian Fabich (exhibition architecture)
Wilfried Kühn (project participation)
Urs Lehni (project participation)
Armin Linke (project participation)
Henrike Mall (technical project management)
Tim Roerig (exhibition architecture)
Margit Rosen (project management)
Maxim Weirich (exhibition architecture)
Chong Xie (exhibition architecture)
- Organization / Institution
- ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie ; HfG | Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe