Paul Virilio
[Writer and theorist, b. 1932, Paris, lives in La Rochelle, France.]

 While the human gaze becomes more and more fixed, losing some of its natural speed and sensitivity, photographic shots, on the contrary, become even faster. 
 [When everything becomes visible,] we’ll dream of being blind. This is the engine of art. 
 ... the blinding Hiroshima flash... literally photographed the shadow cast by beings and things, so that every surface immediately became war’s recording surface, its film. 
 From the original watchtower through the anchored balloon to the reconnaissance aircraft and remote sensing-satellites, one and the same function has been indefinitely repeated, the eye’s function being the function of a weapon. 
 Images contaminate us like viruses. 
 Digital messages and images matter less than their instantaneous delivery; the “shock effect” always wins out over the consideration of the informational content. 
 To regain our liberty (and our distance), we must slow the images down. 
 So all we have to do is wait for those “seeing machines” which can see and perceive in our stead. 
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