Surface Value and Landscape Prediction, Transmediale 2018, Berlin

Filed under: 2018

Aerial views of the ground for mapping, control, or military exploitation have numerous forms of surface value: representational power, logistics, targeting, real-time surveillance, and mastery of space. This workshop elaborates on the double aspect of the screen as geographical and mediatic, as a material and epistemological part of value creation. It includes a seminar discussion with set readings as well as a practice-led component on “landscape prediction.” Participants will experiment with relevant machine learning techniques and speculate upon the entanglement of visual media with the surfaces of the planet. They will explore how predictive images of the Earth can affect ground-level operations, and how the surfaces of the planet can extend this visual archive.

The workshop was run together with Ryan Bishop, Mihaela Brebenel and Jussi Parikka, part of the Archaeologies of Media and Technology research group.