In in my work I research the impact that new digital image technologies have on our society, the way in which digital images determine communication, and how the images generated by these technologies influence our notion of what is real.
I am interested in how people use their mobile phones to record a wide range of events in their daily lives. This shift in use is accompanied by a shift in intention. From exposing the dead body of Gaddafi, to photographing ‘selfies’ on Instagram. Images that wander around the internet uncontrolled, spread themselves through algorithms, that are selected and put into a context, to finally appear on our computer screens.
In addition to this endless stream of images generated by people there is an endless stream of images created by machines which are programmed and work with automation. For computers photographs are merely a dataset. A source to analyse with specialised software and to subsequently trigger an action. Computer vision machines infiltrate our private sphere unnoticed, analysing us and our environment, continuously.
These algorithmic images appear increasingly in a journalistic context, satellite images in news broadcasts, cockpit videos from a combat helicopter, hurricane Sandy filmed with witnesses’ mobile phones. How do these new images influence our daily lives and which reality do they represent?
In my installations I isolate these images from their medium and their context. The works are never finished and by making use of innocent game play, the spectator is seduced to contribute to the work. A process that asks for a new dialogue with the digital image.