The Impossible Image


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Today’s capitalist world reinforces the assumption that humans are no longer key to its inner workings. Supposedly, things are run by the AI version of Adam Smith’s “invisible hand” – an inhuman power that is watching from beneath the clouds. But who valorizes what it sees? Who valorizes its gaze as such? Reworking Alfred Hitchcock’s impossible image from “The Birds,” Benjamin Heisenberg explores the labor of looking in AI-capitalism and prompts us (as laborers) to renegotiate our function for the invisible hand, showing that – despite assertions to the contrary – it continues to need humans to develop its inhuman power. Watch Heisenberg’s related video talk here. Read about Heisenberg’s contribution to the “Silent Works” exhibition in the booklet (pp. 7-9).

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