Why do people keep photographs?
website with online automatically generated daily video and video-archive www.whydopeoplekeepphotographs.net
Every day a video is automatically generated based on a passage from the crime novel ‘Mrs. McGinty’s Dead’ (1952) by Agatha Christie. Each word from the fragment is used to select today’s highest ranking image result in the image search engines of Bing, Google or Yahoo. On the website an archive of daily generated editions is available.
The title—the first sentence of the text fragment that is at the base of the work—points to the history of photography and it’s place within society. Concepts such as matter, memory, evidence and network are connected to the source text, a book in which the plot in the search for a murderer evolves around a photograph, that has been seen by certain eyes and is kept by someone.
The idea that online presented image search results play a key-part in dealing with a reality and like the photograph in the novel, present networks that can be unraveled, becomes reason to create a reconstruction for the viewer.
In cooperation for technical support and programming with Arnaud Coolsaet/ dotburo.org.