Depth of Field
“Depth of Field” describes the distance between objects within a visual system, the space of the visible, the topological relation between distribution and perception. The way this space can be experienced is always connected to the question under which technical, economical and socio-cultural conditions it’s located. In the age of the digital visibility the logic of (image)space has shifted from a dialectical to a paradoxical logic (Paul Virilio): The simulated presence of space, the simultaneous presence of absence, the presence of spatial absence has long been ceased to be a techno-utopian phenomenon but became a everyday lived experience due to the medial conveyed simultaneity. In this process, the space without space, or the doubled space of the virtual is been sold as a real effect, while the reals is deformed into an effect in the virtual. The resulting digital panopticum reveals the economic production conditions of the image, its proportionality(ies) to space and time, and ultimately the social reality of its creator — the machine. From mechanical movement to the simulation of time, from the sequencing of images to the play of (immaterial) materials, from technology to terminology, this display can be described as a field of relations, as “Depth of Field”.
Fachklasse: Klasse für Systemdesign von Maureen Mooren