Penser voir

Sound piece (mp3,9’47”, loop) and live feed from a CCTV camera (2018)
Watch the work online: www.acousticcameras.org/playlist/thierry-fournier/

Penser voir is a sound piece played in a loop, on the image of a live webcam. It describes the fiction of an artificial intelligence that would burn out.

A CCTV camera is filming a beach. It thinks, analyses her own image and expresses herself through a synthetic voice. Her intelligence has opened her to doubt and she expresses her total inability to describe what is happening: how to recognize the sea, passers-by, trees? What is suspicious behaviour? What to look at and how? Feeling totally incompetent, she compares herself to micro-workers on the web. She describes her own logics, doubts and questions; sometimes she cites passages from Wittgenstein’s Sur la certitude. What are we sure of? What do you see? What is it used for?

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Penser voir was created within the frame of Acoustic Cameras project, that invites composers and sound artists to annex the real-time flow of webcams located in various places around the world.