Thesis Info

The Delegation of Perception (DOP)
Monika Jaeckel
2nd Author
3rd Author
Number of Pages
Merz-Akademie Stuttgart / University of Portsmouth
Thesis Supervisor
Olia Lialina / Helmut Draxler
Supervisor e-mail
Other Supervisor(s)
Stephan Gregory
Language(s) of Thesis
Department / Discipline
Interactive Media
Languages Familiar to Author
english, german, some italian and japanese
URL where full thesis can be found
media; surveillance; perception
Abstract: 200-400 words
In this work space is more likely to be regarded as physical space in general merging into a digital data space, both considered as being simultoneously deeply involved in the changes of production and strategies of perception through information technologies. Theme and actuality: Urban space and public spheres definitely are undergoing obvious changes through information and communication technology. One aspect is the increasing amount of images produced and projected within these places, transmitted on the level of information. Physical space on one side has become extracted to data by surveillance systems, satellites, scanning systems, smart devices and so on, leading to a mapping, which forms an overlay of extracted data of former invisible space. Thus almost the same devices lead to an explosion-like growing of cyberspace, using any sources of signs. This background and the fact of the increasingly iconic status of images became the initial factor for this work, but as well the thought that a conciousness about the multiplying and changing status of images, and how the developments intermingle with strategies of perception, has to be developed. The analysis of the condition of images is arranged around the assumption about major influences technological implications must have on our perception of the so called real. The work has been written in 2002 and consequently focuses on complications, or better simplifications in deciphering, advanced through the impacts of 911 aftermath, with its simple, but widely accepted argumentation for the need of control in almost any area. This is considered as coming together with a backlash towards a traditional `black and white’ orientation in image reading. Though the main focus of the research to look upon the construction of sight through remote devices, became intertwined with the constitution of reality through media strategies, thus simultaneously deeply involved in the construction of public spheres. In a logical consequence mainstream media and its technologies, as well as their strategies of constructing ‘real space’ through virtuality are here considered as an essential aspect of the analysis. Concept and strategies: An increasing staging of performative scenarios in relation to images is changing the condition of space and as well the perception of both, the real, and the fictional strategies of production. This work is thus an attempt to achieve an analysis of the current state, and emerging strategies, with a closer focus on the effects, through the contraposition of some counter strategies using information technologies. Attempts considered were mainly selected for their aspect of performative methods to bridge the gap between real and virtual, image and space, without simplifying it into a pure mixture. The research idea to perceive space primarily as defined by a dimension of data overlay for the construction of the ‘real’ and simultaneously as a real-time rendering through time, lead to the conclusion for a definite change in the perception of images and their related paradigms like space and time conditions. The concept of the project is dedicated to self-referentiality, non-visibility, as well as to non-linearity. In relation to these difficulties of perception in common context, the invoked structural and realization methods have defined its concept as an entire internet project.