Observation, to observe, to be observed. Observation is one of the first tools we use to learn, and interact with our surroundings, and is more influential than we are sometimes aware of. Not only are we constantly monitored but we also actively participate in this observation game, for example by turning surveillance into spectacle on social media.
How does this game of watching and being watched alter our decisions? Does it encourage the development of patterns? Is the pattern a formula in which we all play essential (predictable) roles? Do we develop particular characteristics because of it?
SOMETHING MACHINE delves into this aspect of our culture to come away, if not with answers, at least with more questions.
– I think everything and everyone should be seen. And to be seen, we need to be watched. The two go hand in hand.
– But who wants to be watched all the time?
– I do. I want to be seen. I want proof I existed.