Untitled (why do people keep photographs?) (2015) | Tessa R. Groenewoud

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Untitled (Why do people keep photographs?)

Video loop 15:20 min., sound, glass box, book, postcards
(ongoing)

(to find) an object that already exists/ replacing the screen
Witte Muur, Sphinx, Ghent (BE)
2015

The video is a triptych of automatically generated image sequences. The photographs used were taken from the Internet via a selection in three different search engines. This selection was made on the basis of a series of words chronologically entered and taken from an existing text fragment. The source text is shown in the form of the book under the display case. It allows the viewer to translate from text to image and vice versa, where the meaning and classification of images on the web, and the relationship between the search term entered, acquired image and the various parameters of the search engine can be evaluated. The soundtrack is (as the pictures of one of the three image sequences) from public domain and taken from the internet and refers playfully to the source text, a thrilling crime novel by Agatha Christie, Mrs McGinty’s Dead (1952). In this novel a photograph and the possible reasons that is was kept, are at it’s centre.