Bildwelten des Wissens – Volume 16.
Bildzensur. Löschung technischer Bilder.
Edited by Katja Müller-Helle.
Technical image censorship is omnipresent and invisible at the same time. Content moderation in social media and automatic deletions by algorithms create a new kind of association of human and non-human actors that trigger shifts in image ethics and jurisprudence in the field of visibility. Whereas traditional institutions of censorship regulated the sphere of action of dangerous images through legal and religious norms, today it is automated mechanisms controlled by international corporations that govern socio-technical scripts of image deletion. In the public sphere of technical image worlds, visibility markers of deletion – such as censor bars or pixelation – are being replaced by upload filters, content moderators or deepfakes. In this experimental phase of digital modernity, it is once again being renegotiated in technical, social, juridical and image-theoretical terms which images circulate in the data stream, disappear from view or never reach the light of day.
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