Scopic System

The Anthropocene Project. An Encyclopedia

A mechanism to optimize observation, consisting of hardware, software, and human input. A prosthesis of the human and the state visual apparatus, that we find, for example, in the surveillance and protection of the EU’s outer borders in the Mediterranean, the border between the U.S. and Mexico, but also in shopping malls, at airport and on streets. Systems of disciplinary control, supported by facial recognition software and mimic profiling—worldwide data exchange is conceivable. In the spirit of Orwell’s 1984, there is nothing preventing us on the way to total surveillance, only the human being that has to evaluate the data or read disturbance notices. Or those who if necessary also act against the state when its scopic system is too limited.