Penser voir

Sound piece (mp3,9’47”, loop) and live feed from a CCTV camera (2018)
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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?


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.