Artist Erik Kessels printed out every photograph uploaded to Flickr over the course of one 24-hour period. That’s over a million pictures. Then he piled them all up in Amsterdam’s Foam Gallery.
Maddening, disorienting and wasteful. Yes. Kessels sez:
“We’re exposed to an overload of images nowadays,” says Kessels. “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.”