Content Type: Essay

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Reality is becoming increasingly mediated by autonomous entities, whose systems locate themselves within a blackbox.

A critical gaze and an investigative guise are necessary in a time where the uneven boundaries between “the real” and the phantasmagoric are blurred into our conceptions of reality. We are surrounded by interfaces, screens, virtual spaces and infinite networks. Technologic advancements departing from the photographic medium have the potential to change our relations to our surroundings and our conceptions of ourselves through images. We are no longer merely receivers of images, we are active producers of them; In the 1980’s, philosopher Vilém Flusser and filmmaker Harun Farocki were already engaged in questions aimed at understanding our relationship to images and our responsibility towards the production images. Both urged their readers and spectators to engage in dialogue, to understand the phenomenon of photography and its direct correlations to mass communication structures.

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The idea of socializing animal instincts, or of making animal actions appear through human understanding, provides the standard moral basis upon which common attachments, identifications and affects with the animal other occur.

Panos Kompatsiaris is Assistant Professor of Art and Media at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow, Russia. He holds a PhD in art theory from the University of Edinburgh (2015) and has contributed to journals and edited volumes with texts on art and media theory, ethnography and cultural studies.

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Photos of pets on social media show that a photograph in digital economy is never only a digitalized version of what was once an analogue photographic image.

Lenart J. Kučić is a journalist, lecturer and researcher of mass media. For 10 years, he covered the intersection of media, technology and society for Delo newspaper Saturday supplement. Last year he joined the media for investigative journalism Pod črto (The Bottom Line). He is also the founder of the Marsowci podcasting network and co-author of several research and expert articles on media ownership.

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Take this stuff seriously!
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Steganography is a highly efficient method for concealing messages, for despite the rapid evolution of computer sciences and development of statistical analyses it is difficult to analyse every single selfie or digital image circulating the World Wide Web today.
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Camouflage was and remains a shield as much as a weapon in this fight.

Lenart J. Kučić is a journalist, lecturer and researcher of mass media. For 10 years, he covered the intersection of media, technology and society for Delo newspaper Saturday supplement. Last year he joined the media for investigative journalism Pod črto (The Bottom Line). He is also the founder of the Marsowci podcasting network and co-author of several research and expert articles on media ownership.

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