Earth as image and operation

Jussi Parikka, Bryan Norton, Asia Bazdyrieva

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Bryan Norton, Jussi Parikka, and Asia Bazdyrieva discuss new forms of planetary-scale image-making. . While collaborating with Bazdyrieva during the production of Geocinema’s ‘Making of Earths’, a documentary exploring the Digital Belt and Road Initiative in China, Parikka wrote a new book, Operational Images: From the Visual to the Invisual (2023). In this study, Parikka suggests that the forms of image-making explored in ‘Making of Earths’ press against the very borders of the visible, possessing a long history with drastic political and social consequences. Drawing on the history of satellite imagery, drone footage and climate models, both Parikka’s and Bazydrieva’s work present fecund modes of artistic and scholarly engagement with the contemporary creation and dissemination of what Harun Farocki called ‘operational images’ in his audiovisual work from the early 2000s. Bazdyrieva, Norton and Parikka address the ever-increasing ubiquity of these types of images in order to highlight their role in planetary-scale computation systems, the production of scientific knowledge and the ongoing war in Ukraine.
TidsskriftJournal of Visual Culture
Sider (fra-til)202
Antal sider221
StatusUdgivet - feb. 2024


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