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/

A CCTV camera is pointed at a beach; a fiction imagines that it is equipped with artificial intelligence, thinking aloud and expressing itself through a synthetic voice. Her level of perfection would have led her to doubt and she would share her questions: what should we look at? How to recognize the sea, the passers-by? What is a suspicious behaviour? What is its purpose? As in a burn-out situation, she compares herself to the micro-workers exploited on the web, questioning the meaning of her work in an anthropomorphism that raises the political dimension of these devices.

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Penser voir was created by Thierry Fournier in 2018 at the invitation of Acoustic Cameras, an online project that invites composers and sound artists to annex the real-time flow of webcams located in various places around the world.