Real-Time Family, 2008Net-Based Installation
The installation Real-Time Family by Finish artist Hanna Haaslahti constantly searches out the most recently uploaded images from flickr.com, generating a transient and global photo album in the gallery space.
A new kind of visual corpus is growing in the Net. Flickr is the most popular online sharing and management site for personal photographs. People all over the world upload between 2,000 and 4,000 images per minute onto their accounts, sharing personal moments and experiences with a worldwide audience. Together the images make up a virtual mega‐album, whose magnitude and shape is difficult to fathom. The installation attempts to visualize this massive flow of imagery by constantly and randomly capturing the most recently uploaded images and showing them for a moment in the gallery space. The meaning of a single image is shifted as it is juxtaposed with a massive network of accumulating images and arbitrary connections between them—similar motifs may appear, originating from completely different sources. The gush of imagery uploaded onto Flickr, which covers every possible topic imaginable, is materialized as a constant stream, revealing dynamic and ephemeral aspects of contemporary photographic practice. Memorizing the moment has been transformed into sharing the moment.
Real-Time Family | © Hanna Haaslahti