Invading/Inviting: From Surveillance to Byzantium

Author(s): Meurer, Ulrich

While border surveillance produces geopolitical realities and distinctions between types of human life, Richard Mosse’s video installation INCOMING (2017) uses a military high-grade thermal camera to challenge this onto-political project. Recording refugee camps and crossings via the Mediterranean into Europe, his techno-images’ specific mosaic structure, tactility, and luminous flatness evoke the visual mode of Byzantine icons, thus switching from a paranoid, invasive world/view to an economy of mediation and contact with the Other.

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Meurer, Ulrich: Invading/Inviting: From Surveillance to Byzantium. In: ZMK Zeitschrift für Medien- und Kulturforschung, Jg. 11 (2020), Nr. 1, S. 157-173. DOI:
 author = {Meurer, Ulrich},
 title = {Invading/Inviting: From Surveillance to Byzantium},
 year = 2020,
 doi = "\url{}",
 volume = 11,
 address = {Hamburg},
 journal = {ZMK Zeitschrift für Medien- und Kulturforschung},
 number = 1,
 pages = {157--173},
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