As part of Horsepower, Plokta presents:
Subject to Review charts the rise of the instant replay system Hawk-Eye in professional tennis. Combining history, firsthand investigations and ruminations on geometry, Theo Anthony’s documentary probes how the technology exposes deeper questions of spectacle, justice, and imperfect human knowledge.
Anthony’s hyper-focus on a seemingly mundane phenomenon traces broader shifts in technology’s impacts on society. By feeding televised instant-replay back into judgments on the game itself, Hawk-Eye makes acts of watching fundamental to what is being watched. “A visual system initially developed to enhance entertainment becomes a tool for enhancing justice.”