Harun Farocki

(B.1944, Nový Jicin (Neutitschein), Czechoslovakia // D.Berlin, 2014)

Serie: Auge / Machine, Eye / Machine II, 2001

2-channel installation, color & B/W, sound. 15 m (loop)
PDF

In modern weapons technology the categories are on the move: intelligence is no longer limited to humans. In "Eye / Machine II" Farocki has brought together visual material from both military and civilian sectors, showing machines operating intelligently and what it is they see when working on the basis of image processing programs. The traditional man-machine distinction becomes reduced to "eye/machine", where cameras are implanted into the machines as eyes. As a result of the Gulf War, the technology of warfare came to provide an innovative impulse which boosted the development of civilian production. Farocki shows us computer simulated images looking like something out of science-fiction films: rockets steer towards islands set in a shining sea; apartment blocks are blown up; fighter aircrafts fire at one another with rockets and defend themselves with virtual flares. "Eye / Machine II" is the continuation of a wider examination of the same subject: intelligent machines and intelligent weapons.

 

View installation at Fundación PROA (Buenos Aires), 2013

Video still

Video still

Video still