Habeas Corpus: Under_Pixel
The images in Adrià Guardiola’s ten minute video Under_Pixel are derived from footage taken by the Spanish police, the Guardia Civil, of their search for the bodies of refugees, drowned in the sea while trying to enter Spain. We see as well dead bodies being sent back to Morocco, and crowds of refugees interacting with the police. The voice-over narration, meanwhile, is a complex theoretical text, analyzing the nature of contemporary digital media and its relation to the current understanding of social reality. The text is read by a synthesized computer voice, which emphasizes the tendency of digital media to masquerade as impartial, neutral information, hiding both the agenda of the speaker, as well as the even more hidden voices of the shapers of the technology, who set the boundaries of contemporary perception.