Mirror with a memory
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“The Daguerreotype… has fixed the most transient of our delusions, the sort of instability and unreality that the apostle, the philosopher, and the poet have all used. By making a sheet of paper represent images like a mirror and keep them as a frame, the photograph has completed the victory… [it is] the creation of the mirror with a memory… When a man wishes to see any thing, natural or artificial, he will go to the Imperial, National, or City Stereographic Library and request its skin or shape, just as he would a book from any popular library… We need specialized stereographic collections, just as we need specialized technical and other libraries. And, in order to promote the creation of public and private stereographic collections, a comprehensive system of exchanges must be developed, so that anything resembling a universal currency of these bank-notes, or promises to pay in solid substance, which the sun has engraved for the great Bank of Nature, will emerge.
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“I think we’re all listening to more podcasts and consuming more media these days,” says Dan Leers, curator of photography at the CMOA and organizer of the Hillman Photography Project, which includes the podcast. “It seems like this one is coming at a good time.”
The six-part podcast, which premiered on Feb. 1 and is named after a broader programming loop, continues the initiative’s goal of delivering “experimental and immersive programming around photography and current issues,” as Leers describes it.
In each episode, Martine Syms, a renowned Los Angeles-based artist who uses film and performance to explore representations of Blackness, talks with a variety of guests about “the intersection of photography, surveillance, and artificial intelligence,” according to the CMOA’s profile.
It also falls in the middle of Trevor Paglen: Opposing Geometries, which closes in mid-March. The show, like the podcast, looks at the ever-evolving ways technology manipulates and potentially weaponizes images, in this case through landscape and portrait photography. However, just because the technology used in Opposing Geometries is becoming more common in our daily lives doesn’t mean we understand it fully, which is where programming like Mirror with a Memory comes in.
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How are photos used to collect information about our everyday activities? The way surveillance systems record, categorize, and synthesize images has changed dramatically since the advent and progress of artificial intelligence. Mirror with a Memory examines the history, current, and future of the convergence of AI, photography, and surveillance to highlight questions about implicit bias, right to privacy, and police tracking of corporate, military, and law enforcement applications.
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A commonsense approach to photography and memory is to believe that pictures “preserve” or “capture” memories for posterity in some way. Perhaps the most famous manifestations of this belief are a picture album with the inscription “Treasured Memories” on the cover, or a Kodak ad advertising the camera “as a way of keeping green the Christmas memories” (Paster 1992: 138). However, the same equation can also be used in scholarly texts. Csikszentmihalyi and Rochberg-Halton (1981: 67) summarize the importance of images as personal belongings in their classic analysis of the significance of items in US homes by stating, “obviously, photographs are the prime vehicles for preserving the memory of one’s close relations.”