Citizens of networked societies are almost incessantly accompanied by ecologies of images. These ecologies of still and moving images present a paradox of uncertainties emerging along with certainties. Images appear more certain as the technical capacities that render them visible increase. At the same time, images are touched by more uncertainty as their numbers, manipulabilities, and contingencies multiply.
With the emergence of big data, the image is becoming a dominant vehicle for the construction and presentation of the truth of data. Images present themselves as so many promises of the certainty, predictability, and intelligibility offered by data. The focus of this book is twofold. It analyses the kinds of images appearing today, showing how they are marked by a return to modern photographic emphases on high resolution, clarity, and realistic representation. Secondly, it discusses the ways in which the uncertainty of images is increasingly underscored within such reiterated emphases on allegedly certain visual truths. This often involves renewed encounters with noise, grain, glitch, blur, vagueness, and indistinctness. This book provides the reader with an intriguing transdisciplinary investigation of the uncertainly certain relation between the cultural imagination and the techno-aesthetic regime of big data and ubiquitous computing.
This book was originally published as a special issue of Digital Creativity.
Introduction: The uncertainty of the uncertain image 1. The uncertainty of the mass image: logistics and behaviours 2. Thumbnail images: uncertainties, infrastructures and search engines 3. Uncertainties of facial emotion recognition technologies and the automation of emotional labour 4. Ambiguous Physiognomy 5. Hatsune Miku: an uncertain image 6. Creative Control: digital labour, superimposition, datafication, and the image of uncertainty 7. After the Anthropocene: the photographic for earthly survival?