Mitra Azar is researching between philosophy, filmmaking, photography, videoart, media-anthropology, critical and tactic media, and performance. Eclectic-schizo-creative-nomadic-sponge, Mitra admits to be haunted by images and by the relational performative-philosophical aspect of doing them. The idea of border as fluid, flexible, amorphous entity and the political role of art and digital technologies within the frame of an aesthetic of crisis and of mass events have been the framework of his practice based research. In the last years, Mitra have been investigating crisis areas located both at geographical borders and during upraises and revolutions, focusing on offline/ online mass behaviors and politics of space mainly through the lens of visual anthropology, art, and media philosophy, applying this idea of border from the physical spaces to the parallels online/offline regimes of visibility.
"POV as Figure of Surveillance-assemblage, or POV-opticon"
The talk investigates how processes of gaze disembodiment/ gaze virtualization related to new technologies of vision, can be addressed as an emerging political- aesthetic battlefield, marking new regimes of visibility and, in parallel, new regimes of truth. Moreover, the research aims at introducing a new type of onto-epistemological category describing the hybrid organic-digital online offline circulating subjectivity involved in these processes. Via a post-phenomenological approach connecting especially the Google gaze circuit (Google-based technologies of vision such as Google Maps, Google Car, Google360, Google Glass), to drone technologies, virtual reality devices, neural network for robotic visions, haptoclones (holograms that users can touch), and the latest Google patent for uploading personalities of death people on robots - the presentation connects processes of gaze disembodiment/ gaze virtualization to new processes of subjectivation, de-subjectivation and trans-individuation, envisioning their social, aesthetic and political consequences.