Seeing Like a Border: Automated Vision and Digital Enclosure

May 15th 2023, 6pm
N2, Muschel, Johann-Joachim-Becher-Weg 23, Mainz

This presentation considers the role played by automated vision in transforming bodies into “operational images” that enable the expansion of borders into enclosures. It expands on Chris Rumford’s invitation to consider what it might mean to “see like a border”. The resulting form of governance might be described, drawing on the work of Michel Foucault, as the deployment of a granular form of biopower – one that requires the milieu, or environment, to become deformable and customisable. This is the mode of power and control anticipated by those who seek to develop and capture the terrains of augmented and virtual reality – or, in more recent terminology, the realm of the “metaverse.”

Mark Andrejevic is Professor in the School of Media, Film, and Journalism at Monash University. He is the author of several books on digital media and surveillance, including, most recently (with Neil Selwyn), Facial Recognition. Andrejevic is also a Chief Investigator in the ARC Centre for Automated Decision Making and Society, where he studies the social, cultural, and political implications of automated decision making systems.

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Seeing like a Border. Automated Vision and Digital Enclosure. Lecture by Mark Andrejevic, May 15th, 6 pm, Muschel, N2, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz

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