Exposure time, the Aura, and Telerobotics
AbstractThis text focuses on the notions of exposure time and the photographic aura in the context of Internet telerobotics. It examines the aesthetic, political, artistic, and epistemological impact of the technological transition from an exposure lasting several hours to only a fraction of a second, which for Walter Benjamin marked the gradual evaporation of “aura” from the image. Current limitations of telerobotic technology today - delays in transmission-time, busy signals from service providers, crashing web browsers - can be seen as restoring the aura, and with it our sense of space and time.
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