Picturing the Digital Age for What it Is

Oh snap.

The digital isn’t as ephemeral as it seems. It’s really concrete. Wireless made possible by cables. Computers powered by rare metals. In an exhibit at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art called “Snap + Share,” artist Erik Kessels printed 24 hours of photo uploads from Flickr. According to the New York Times:

The last half of “Snap+Share” shows artists today responding to this image overflow. Erik Kessels’s installation “24HRS in Photos,” first realized in 2011, takes the form of a mountain of photographic prints filling an entire gallery, meant to evoke the hundreds of thousands of images uploaded to Flickr in one 24-hour-period that year.

The result is a powerful reminder that computationality and corporeality can’t help but mix.

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