eyes of the machine

kate chen

kate is an artist / architect based in berlin.

her recent work focuses on the interface between human and technology, and how tools/devices affects perception of body and space.

S A V V Y contemporary :

“decoding and recoding of visual systems and their (neo-colonial) biases... in design theory and practice”

Images by Hans Vredeman de Vries, from his book Perspective, 1604–5.

La Perspective Curieuse, Plate XXXIX by J.F. Niceron, Paris, 1646.

Pyramid of Vision,

spatial installation in Sibley Hall in Ithaca, New York. October, 2016.

Room Dimensions: 12 x 8 ft (3.7 x 2.4m)

Materials include wooden frames, white string, hand-cut paper, metal wire, UV paint, black-light, mirror, black paper, tape.

Technology (machines) as tools of vision,

allowing humans to see beyond the scale of ones body... projecting into other spatial possibilities.

rather than look more closely at the material substance of bodies (planetary, living, non-living, or otherwise), all information is reduced into a surface (or skin)

“The ‘eyes’ made available in modern technological sciences shatter any idea of passive vision...

these prosthetic devices show us that all eyes, including our own organic ones, are active perceptual systems, building on translations and specific ways of seeing, that is, ways of life.


There is no unmediated photograph or passive obscura in scientific accounts of bodies and machines;


there are only highly specific visual possibilities, each with a wonderfully detailed, active, partial way of organizing worlds."

Donna Haraway, 

Situated Knowledges: The Science Question

in Feminism and the Privilege of Partial Perspective, 

1986. p. 583.

Veil of Vision,

spatial installation concept, 2019.

Anamorphic structure by J.F. Niceron, Thaumaturgus Opticus (Tab. 33, Fig. LXVI and LXVII), Paris, 1646.

kate chen


ig: @kate.psd

thank you !!