Artist Erik Kessels has an installation at Foam which physically show how many photographs are uploaded to Flickr in a 24 hour period. When we hear about large numbers, it is difficult for our brains to visualize the information. Installations such as Erik’s help us realize how large the data set actually is.
This glut is in large part the result of image-sharing sites like Flickr, networking sites like Facebook, and picture-based search engines. Their content mingles public and private, with the very personal being openly and un-selfconsciously displayed. By printing all the images uploaded in a 24-hour period, I visualise the feeling of drowning in representations of other peoples’ experiences – Erik Kessels