These days a link to the thesis of It’s in Your Eyes – Gaze Based Image Retrieval in Context got sent out via mailinglist and going across this tiny publication made me again think along the convictions and problems behind these developments. I just want excerpt some parts of the text and put it into context with comments on newer developments and its accompanying symptoms to reflect on these thoughts.
The line “the invisible is made visible by means of a trace” [MAN, Augenzeichnungen] calls up both the famous paragraph of Deleuze / Guattari’s ‘make a trace not a map’ and equally the tricky question about the unconcious and inherent strategies to cover those from oneself as laid out by B.Latour . (Pandora’s Hope):
There is for sure a certain attraction in the fragile imprints of tracing lines as picked up in the thesis argument and explanation, and as well in these GPS drawings and the discussion occuring around them (link). The comment posted by A.Galloway points towards the overlooked interpretational attitude:
.. .. further reflection on these points at this post.
The missing factor – and this gets introduced through the Deleuze/Guattari quote as well – is the action of the observer. The question is just not so much if this is art or not, but what can be read out of it and how it is interpreted – as not to overlook this fact of putting and reading it. Thus I think the comment of A. Galloway is the closest to point to accompanying circumstances, as well as the importance of the processual (as mentioned on rodcop). Consequently I am not sure if I want to support entirely the quote of Kittler, which has been put in front of the thesis: