"Two of the most significant works, for me, were made a dozen years apart, during a time when imaging technologies developed at breathtaking speed. Harun Farocki’s “Eye/Machine I” (2001), a now-classic two-channel video, ultimately considers what will happen when war is waged by “intelligent” machines that read images and make decisions. Tabor Robak’s “Xenix” (2013) is a slick and seductive seven-channel work that looks like a blown-up version of your smartphone or desktop and displays such comically banal details as the weather and the contents of a refrigerator. It also shows GPS images and weapons, reminding you of how some technologies in our everyday lives developed out of military systems and the many ways people sacrifice their privacy to join social media or use a Google map. Where Mr. Farocki’s work pairs images in a thoughtful, more meditative way, Mr. Robak’s reflects the full-force scramble for our attention underway every time we glance at the internet or pick up a device."
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Image: Tabor Robak, Xenix, 2013.
Publication date: 11 Jun '19