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Erik Kessels' 24 hours of Flickr

As part of its 10th anniversary celebration Foam, a photography museum in Amsterdam, is hosting “What’s Next? The Future of the Photography Museum” an exhibition that investigates the direction of the physicality of photography in public spaces (as opposed to viewing it online). I’m especially impressed with Erik Kessels’ contribution to the exhibit, which tackles the idea of “photography in abundance,” and which (as you can see pictured above) might give a neat freak a heart attack. For his installation, Kessels printed out every single image posted on Flickr in a 24-hour period and then randomly distributed the million+ images throughout the museum space for a completely visually arresting experience (except for the person who has to clean all this up).

This reminds me of Penelope Umbrico’s usage of Flickr as source material for her art, which Perrin discussed last year. At a group show succinctly titled “Social Media” at the Pace Gallery that I recently visited, there was a wall of snapshot photographs of people in front of sunsets, which Umbrico had found by searching for the tag “sunset” on Flickr. Lesson learned: be careful of what images you upload to your Flckr account – you never know when they might become part of a gigantic art installation.