Adaptive Imaging Group

The Adaptive Imaging Group is a collective of scholars, designers and scientists who study image-guided practices in contemporary media technology. The group’s objective is to critically define a new relationship between imaging, interaction and intervention.

Adaptive media can be found in augmented reality, industrial agriculture and sports analytics as well as in remotely controlled drone operations, manufacturing processes and robot-assisted surgery. These applications incorporate new technical possibilities for image production, processing and transmission in real time that fundamentally transform the user’s action and perception. Based on practice-based case studies, the Adaptive Imaging Group explores the aesthetic, technical and operational conditions of adaptive images by asking how images enable or disable seeing, acting and decision-making.

With the improved capabilities of imaging, sensor and display technologies, digital images are increasingly being integrated into portable, sensor-controlled and augmented visualisation systems. This shift from digital to adaptive images is characterised by the fact that imaging processes have become responsive to the context of their application. The term adaptive imaging refers to visualisation techniques that synchronise body, space and action in such a way that images operate as a function of their environment. Adaptive images are constantly linked to external situations, factors and tasks, and thus represent a denser interweaving of aesthetics and pragmatics than in traditional visual practices. They shift the focus to the situation instead of the result of an imaging process.