I look at the Guido Segni’s project and, to rephrase Oscar Wilde, I wonder, if even the surveillance devices when they describe are poets?
There's no pictures in latent space, just secret misunderstandings, is the surveillance algorithm, programmed by Guido Segni to shoot on his computer and supervise, observe not a given set of images predetermined and pre-informed, but all the images stored in the artist's machine, as well as also able to describe them in words. The main focus of the project, which from the online dimension will spread over time in multiple forms and media, is to be able to evoke something secret, which remains so while being supervised by a software and in a certain way interpreted and returned. The outputs that we will see on the web and paper page, in fact, are the formalizations of the short descriptive texts of the images, their real storage path in the computer and their format torpedoes. As Goldsmith writes, at a time like today's, when the organization of information influences the quality of writing and archiving plays an important role in the creation of literary works what appears to be a trivial list of descriptions turns out to be an autobiographical narrative flow with its own poetic rhythm, capable of conjuring up the content of images, which cannot be seen, shedding light on the act of archiving. A kind of evocative inventory, with romantic and comic shades at the same time and no sense «whereby the sum is clearly greater than the parts». It is no coincidence that one of the aspects of poetry is precisely its evocative function, whose expressive force in this online work lies in the calibration between image and audio, produced by the collaboration between the artist and the surveillance algorithm. The first elaborates the formalization and pagination of descriptions, emphasizing the formal properties of the letters in relation to the digital environment created specifically for their visualization. The second, instead, makes and reads descriptions without interpretation. A type of collaboration that cannot exist on the paper page, in which all the expressiveness of the work is given by the formalization and distribution of the short descriptive texts that Segni make in relation to the two-dimensional context.