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 postulates the fiction of a smart CCTV camera pointed at a beach, which would analyze its image and would express itself through a synthetic voice. However, 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 incompetent, in a burn-out situation, she compares herself to micro-workers or web detection algorithms. She describes her own logics, her own interrogations; sometimes she quote passages from Wittgenstein’s On certainty. What are we sure about? What is to see?

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