The future place for human beings: a zoological garden

CONTROL: The Léa Rogliano and Pierre Hujoel Documentary What the Eye Doesn’t See is an inspiring work for extensive reflections.

It’s easy to imagine what a consequent documentary is in times of confinement. One that is made at home. The camera is limited to images of the working desks, corridors, some objects of daily use, complemented by video extracts of media news messages. But the reduced sphere can also be transformed into an intense reflection space, in which the up-popping key media information echoes.

What the Eye Doesn't See, a film by Pierre Hujoel, Léa Rogliano
What the Eye Doesn’t See, a film by Pierre Hujoel, Léa Rogliano

Civil courage

Léa and Pierr, adults of younger age, and both currently confined in Brussels change their audio-visual communications. We don’t have much information on them to draw from to date, nor whether they are specialists of any kind, rather than simply just attentive and concerned observers of the transformations taking place in the outside world from April 13th to May 3rd, 2020.

Léa is awakened by a citation of the Austrian-German philosopher Günther Anders (1902-1992), who had already anticipated in his 1956 publication The Outdatedness of Human Beings (Die Antiquiertheit des Menschen) that critiquing machines and technology will soon be an act of civil courage, risking intellectual, social and medial condemnations.

The fist images come from Wuhan, demonstrating the control technology of apps, which allow quick identifications, including health status, completed by methods of temperature measuring from a distance.

China used its first success in controlling the epidemic as a propaganda machine, not only to sell its own new control technology, but also to attack «democratic systems» by virtue of their own government concept: a society . . .

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Dieter Wieczorek
Wieczorek is a film critic and regular contributor to Modern Times Review.
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