Fotomuseum Winterthur | Online Events | Wednesday, 23.02.2022, 19:00–20:00

Screen Walk with Gabriele de Seta

Gabriele de Seta will present his project Imagi(ni)ng machine vision: An industry walkthrough. Machine vision companies command more than a third of China’s huge artificial intelligence market. Products ranging from image recognition platforms to smart city solutions, biometric identification systems and autonomous robots showcase the variety and global competitiveness of the Chinese machine vision industry. Chinese technologies are subjected to increased scrutiny around the globe, but how exactly is machine vision portrayed by Chinese companies, and what kind of imaginaries does the industry embrace for its different audiences? This Screen Walk will bring the audience into a journey through websites, social media pages and user-generated content, delving into the visual tropes, cultural codes, and situated aesthetics of artificial intelligence products.

In Screen Walks, a series of live-streamed explorations of digital spaces, selected artists and researchers investigate artistic strategies taking place online. The project gives an insight into practices using the screen as a medium. From re-contextualising pictures found on online marketplaces and uncovering data brokers’ invisible circulation of images to analysing in-game photography and the social, political and economic implications of games – Screen Walks examines various approaches, offers a behind-the-scenes look at artists’ work and uncovers new, current and forgotten digital spaces. Screen Walks is a collaboration between The Photographers’ Gallery in London and Fotomuseum Winterthur.

Kindly supported by: Pro Helvetia, Swiss Arts Council

Gabriele de Seta holds a PhD from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute of Ethnology, Academia Sinica in Taipei. Gabriele is currently a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Bergen, where he is part of the ERC-funded project Machine Vision in Everyday Life. His research work, grounded on ethnographic engagement across multiple sites, focuses on digital media practices, sociotechnical entanglements and vernacular creativity in the Chinese-speaking world. He is also interested in experimental music, internet art, and collaborative intersections between anthropology and art practice.