Just how many photos get uploaded to the popular photo-sharing site Flicker each day? "A lot" doesn't quite begin to cover it; the actual number is typically over a million. To get a visual idea of exactly how many photos that is, artist Erik Kessels printed out a day's worth of Flickr uploads and dumped them in a new installation at the Foam gallery in Amsterdam.
The photos fill up several gallery rooms in drifts and piles, like a snowfall of random lives. According to Kessels in an interview, the sense of chaotic mess is intentional.
"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 displayed. By printing all the images uploaded in a 24-hour period, I visualize the feeling of drowning in representations of other peoples' experiences."
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