WEEK14:DIGITAL NARRATIVES AND WITNESSING

Updated: Mar 4, 2020

'Weizman's term field causality begins to imagine a response to a distant place or event DIGITAL NARRATIVES AND WITNESSING through bringing together "individuals, environments, and artifices" in a way that reconfigures the relationship among political action, the law, and aesthetics' (Forensic Architecture 2014, 26).


Nowadays, social media and network become a bridge that connects us and the distant world. This makes us more understand what is happening around the world, but also create a hyperreality situation that it's hard to believe what is true or not. For the example of the "left to die boat", it visualises the military surveillance data into evidence that the crime of the Mediterranean country ignores the migrant vessels tragedy. Without the data from the surveillance system is hard to convince that the countries did this kind of crime due to nobody wants to admit the sin they did.


Moreover, the example of the "Clouds over Sidra" by Gabo Arora and Chris Milk reminds me of the "The Struggling Girl" photograph by Kevin Carter. It is a photograph of a frail famine-stricken boy, initially believed to be a girl, who had collapsed in the foreground with a vulture eyeing him from nearby. Hence, it was being used in posters for raising funds for the aid organisation. However, people started to judge that the photographer left the girl to die, and Carter cannot deal with this pressure which leads him committed suicide.


Goes back to the "Clouds over Sidra", in my opinion, it is a way that used VR technology to show the situation that happens in a distant world which rasing wealthy individuals sympathy and makes them donate. However, there are so many questions that came out of my mind.

Is the video is real life or just a show?

Is the girl's family got help after the filming?

What about the other family that was not as lucky as the girl if they got help?

Without doubt, using the latest technology cannot certainly experience what they been through, but it gives us more methods to cope with the boundaries with the distance to feels what they feel in their perspective.

The way we deliver information might cause many pros and cons, but there are some positive examples. One of the cases is that in my hometown, when there is an earthquake happen, people can share that they are safe or not on Facebook. This could let us picture how people's condition is in a distant place.


Overall, I think that using this kind of technology present that we have some responsibility for what we want to post on social medial.




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