Kenyon College

Machine Vision and Digital Imaging in Contemporary Art


Digital imaging allows machines to discern and categorize visual information without a human presence.  Both miraculous and ominous, the way societies record and identify information is fraught with possibility and danger.

Invisible Images (Your Pictures Are Looking at You)

Artist and author Trevor Paglen explores the philosophic problem of human versus machine readable imagery in his article from The New Inquiry

Art in the Information Age: Technology and Conceptual Art

Critic Ed Shanken discusses the relationships between technology and conceptual art in his essay from Leonardo, Vol. 35, No.4

Image: Rafael Lozano-Hemmer (Mexican b. 1967), Level of Confidence (Nivel de confianza), 2015. face-recognition algorithms, computer, screen, webcam.
variable. Courtesy of the artist.