Spanish artist Joan Fontcuberta uses the popular internet search engine Google to create large, colorful photo-mosaics that construct a metaphor for the internet-era’s liaisons between mass media and our collective consciousness.
from the series Googlegrams
Photo courtesy of Zabriskie Gallery
Using Google to blindly cull images from the internet by controlling only the search engine criteria, Fontcuberta then assembles them by another computer program into a larger photomosaic image of Fontcuberta’s choosing.
Penny-sized portraits of the richest men and women in the world are pieced together into a mosaic depicting a homeless man; the iconic image of detainee tortured at Abu Ghraib is cobbled together out of images of public officials involved in the scandal.
A catalogue Joan Fontcuberta: Googlegrams (143 pp) published by the Instituto Cervantes de Paris is currently available at the gallery for $30.
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