"A high-risk element of this project is that I will explore an alternative to the currently dominant theory of dataism: my hypothesis is that the malleability and alternative visualisation possibilities of visual representations support a post- truth society where we do not trust visual or ultimately, perhaps, our own perceptions, which are increasingly enmeshed with machine vision. The idea of vision as a more reliable sense than others (“seeing is believing”) is connected to our centuries-long assumption that vision is passive. This relates to long-standing discussions on the status of representation in the philosophy of science (Hacking 1983) as well as in influential writings on art and culture (Debord 1967; Baudrillard 1981). What has changed since their work is not simply the immense increase in visual display and visual communication, but more importantly that machine vision is part of the visual vernacular today."