the gaze and the machine
6’10’’, Stereo, Loop
The video work engages with current forms of cybernetic knowledge using the example of complexity science, which repeatedly gained political relevance in critical junctures, such as the financial crisis of 2008 and the current pandemic.
The work references the cybernetic principles of systems analysis and systems control by making use of the intrusive gaze of a microscopic camera, the auditory manipulation of brainwaves and by contrasting the cybernetic logic with the mythological content tied to the figure of a Greek sphinx.
While complex systems scientists talk about emergent phenomena and their work of developing policy models, a neuroscientific experiment and a microbiological investigation of cybernetic knowledge itself is simulated.