This database collects information about games, art and narratives that use or represent machine vision technologies. Our aim is to trace connections, similarities and differences in the ways machine vision is invoked culturally and aesthetically. You can follow trails through the material by browsing through at the themes each work deals with, or the technologies they use and reference, or the attitudes shown towards machine vision. Or you can trace the ways different kinds of protagonist (human, machine, child, adult and more) engage with machine vision.

The Machine Vision database is developed by the ERC project Machine Vision in Everyday Life: Playful Interactions with Visual Technologies in Digital Art, Games, Narratives and Social MediaIt is currently (2019) in development, and is changing daily. 

Machine Vision Situations

326 records
Situation Brief description Aesthetic Characteristics
Zapp Brannigan spies on Leela

Zapp Branningan is curious and confused over his latest recruit (Leela in disguise as a male soldier), and spies on him (her) with huge goggles with some OR software.

Young Ones (Robot recording murder)

The family purchases a robot to replace their donkey to transport water up a hill for business purposes. On one of these trips the new son in law (Flem Lever) kills the father of his girlfriend and the head of the family (Ernest Holm) in front of the robot. Flem is unaware that the robot is recording everything in its view and has stored the scene of the murder in its harddrive. Later in the episode, the grieving son takes the robot for repair and discovers its archive of footage and learns about his dad murder, which ends in an act of revenge.

Dark, Grainy
Years and years (Webcam diagnosing Edith`s eye)

Edith Lyons is starting to go blind but uses software on her computer that uses her webcam to diagnose her and to check up on her progress.

Informational, Webpage
Years and Years (Failed optical implant)

Bethany and Lizzie decide to get a sort of a bionic eye, as a part of their transhuman transformation. The operation is not a success.

Glitchy, Blurry, Delayed
Years and years (Broadcasted deepfake issue)

Daniel is watching the news, after his sister suggests a way to smuggle his boyfriend out of Spain and back into England. He lies on the bed, desolutely switching through news broadcasts. The news anchor shows two examples of deepfake videos of politicians. The anchor asks Vivienne Rook whether she agrees that the videos are fake and she says yes, but that they did really say those things. Later Rook is elected prime minister of Great Britain. (Episode 4, about 16 minutes in)

Dark, Shadows, Grid