Tensions toward visibility and invisibility, recognition and illegibility of bodies

Research and publication, 2017

Since the creation of photography in 1839 the world has been represented through images and since the digital image appeared it has been measured by pixel resolution. What is to be in the public eye and how can we remain invisible?

Through the study of different images calibration targets, using to calibrate from aerial cameras in satellites to the scanner of fingerprints, this research analyses which are the consequences of rendering bodies as something visible.


Test card or standart-up/close-down test for TV.


Aerial photo calibration target.


MAHLI (Mars hand lends image) calibration target.


Sine M-13-60-S-RM fingerprint scanner calibration target.

Since the creation of photography in 1839 the world has been represented through images and since the digital image appeared it has been measured by pixel resolution. What is to be in the public eye and how can we remain invisible?

Certainly, visibility has been one of our first concerns, especially for subcultures or minorities, who looked for the achievement of a coherent presence and recognition. Visibility, undoubtedly, has had an important and positive effect in gender and race identities preparing the ground for civil rights protection. However, in the light of global surveillance and other form of recognition and control, a new era characterized by the standardization of identification and sterilization of media has arrived. The new strategy for queer politics is now based in opacity and illegibility, passing and invisibility.