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Vesper No. 2 | Author-Matter | Spring-Summer 2020



Alice Leroy

Unnamed Unmanned


The French artists Fabien Giraud and Raphaël Siboni have been collaborating since 2007. Their work, at the crossroads of the history of science and media archaeology, deals with the measurement of time and matter, as well as with the genealogy of scientific technologies. Exploring the new media landscapes, Giraud and Siboni’s work questions the nature and experience of images in the age of computing systems and machine vision, that is an age where technologies have gone beyond the limits of human sensory capacity. Starting from their first collaboration, Untitled. La Vallée Von Uexküll (2009-2014) – the measurement of phenomena and frequencies which are situated beyond the capacities of human perception –, and going to their latest production, The Unmanned (2014-2018) – a history of computing systems and machine intelligence –, this essay intends to trace the scope of non-human and object-oriented ontologies in their genealogies of technologies. It sustains the hypothesis that with their film series, Giraud & Siboni suggest alternative narratives for the history of sciences and technologies: these narratives of machine vision and computing systems tell the gradual destabilization and the decentering of the human being in a technological universe which progressively gets rid of him or her. It is as if with the advent of machine sensory capacity and intelligence, the human figure had become a witness of its own decentering, if not of its own absence from the world.





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