Everywhere the figure of the frame is in crisis: frames delimit and shape – in the realm of the media they are synonymous with bias and partiality. Emerging technologies of representation like VR, AR, and 360-cameras work toward dispensing with the figure of the frame, invoking the ambition to capture, record, and represent ‘everything.’
In this forum talk, Mark Andrejevic considered some of the logics at work in the aspiration toward ‘framelessness’. As Kevin Kelly suggests, ‘frameless’ representation relies on the automation of information capture and the redoubling of the world in digital form. Such an aspiration raises certain concerns – not just about privacy but also about what might be described as the ‘bias’ of automation. This presentation explored three aspects of this bias, the social and cultural impacts of these biases, and their implications for the function of representation.
This forum took place on 20 March.