UNLEARNING FOR THE COMMONS
Current ongoning project 2016 - 2022
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TAKE A BETTER PICTURE
Dorothée Elisa Baumann (2016, remixed 2019)
I believe, that for 130 years since its invention, the amateur camera has not been a neutral tool in my relationship with the other. This tool has been invented by a male white engineer in relation to the ideologies of hunting and the military industry. Indeed, my SRL camera is black, phallic and in a way still shaped like a gun.
I have to admit, I still feel unwell to point a camera with long lense at someone even after all this years of training.
I believe, that my relationship with the other is somehow technologically even disturbed by such a camera. The technical possibilities in terms of efficiency, design and image production are the main appealing qualities for the user.
I observe however, none of its features encourages technically speaking co-creation between the operator and the other.
The design of the camera does not help to build a relationship.
In this sense, this tool presents a moral and ethical conflict – because it opposes power-sharing.
I believe, it's time to divest this image production tool of its status as a phallus, weapon or image production machine and turn the act of creation into a shared space of negotiation, where everyone is on equal footing. Today's tools have to be decolonized and new civil tools have to be invented, which overcome «taking» and «collecting».