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Item number: 117
Item title: FOLDOUT
Author(s) of the item: Horizon 2020
Year in which the item emerged culturally or was produced industrially: 2018-2020
Entry of the item into the inventory: 15 July 2020
Cluster(s) the item belongs to: So-called plants
Inventor(s) for this item: Possible Bodies

"Detecting people through dense foliage in extreme climates with only a penetration technology is prone to high fault rates. FOLDOUT will build a system that combines various sensors and technologies and intelligently fuses these into an effective and robust intelligent detection platform."

Overall budget: € 8.201.887,75 https://cordis.europa.eu/project/id/787021

FOLDOUT is a telling example of the way 'fortress Europe' shifts humongous amounts of capital towards the entanglement of tech companies with scientific research, in order to develop the shared capacity to detect obscurity in its woody barriers. By sophisticating techniques for optimised exclusion, negation and expulsion, Europe invests in upgrading the racist colonial attitude of murderous nation states. The training on how to distinguish one obscurity from another seems banal seen from the perspective of contemporary computation but it is deeply damaging in the way it allows for the implementation of remote sensing techniques at various distances, gradually depleting the world of all possibility for engagement, interporousness and lively potential. In the automation of separation (of flesh from trunk, hair from leaves, runaway from agitated trees) we can detect a straightforward systematization of institutional violence.