Milan, 2018
video HD, colour, sound
4.15 min 

On a public place in the middle of Milan people enact different actions, like smiling, jumping and feeding pigeons. While the camera moves slowly from one scene to the next, a computer voice, which appears to be the director, seems to instruct the protagonists.

Unlike in John Smith’s “The Girls Chewing Gum” (1976), where a human voice seems to instruct the protagonists the voice-over in “Looking at a Zebra” is generated by Microsoft’s Seeing AI, a talking camera app that narrates the world for the visually impaired.

© Gabriel Hensche 2020