is a survey of the ways that photographic systems (mis)represent and (mis)interpret the environment. I am interested in this phenomena; a computer is constructed to digest the outside world as data, perform a function, and expel a result. The computer, usually, is unaware of the nature of the end result, specifically if it is the desired result of the operator. For example, a person sets up an inkjet printer. They plug it in, configure it to a computer, update the software, and install the inkjet cartridges. The person accidentally puts the black ink in place of the magenta ink, but the printer is unaware. They attempt to print a black and white image, and the picture comes out as if it were a monochrome print (one color). The printer has performed its function, but this is not what the person intended for the image to look like.
The name is a reference to the 2014 science fiction novel Annihilation
by Jeff Vandermeer
. Four scientists, briefed by an mysterious and haphazard government body called The Southern Reach, are sent into an area reclaimed by nature. Once arrived to base camp, they notice a large circular submerged tower a couple yards away; this was not a structure they were shown on maps or charts during their months of preliminary training. This is the topographical anomaly