During the Gulf War in 1991, television viewers were invited to watch images from the heads of cruise missiles as they were zooming in on their targets. These images were not just the latest instance in remote warfare but they were also a first iteration of what Farocki has described as operative images: images that do not solely show something but first and foremost also do something. The film pairs operative images from the military and industrial realm, tracing their genealogy and rendering the abstraction of computer vision visible for the human eye.
Introduction by Svea Braeunert
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