Data-Based Prints 2003

Published on: 01-01-2005

Piƫzo-print on fine art paper, 110 x 110 cm, Geert Mul 2003

Prints based on image analysis of a collection of 100,000 random images from the internet.

At what moment does a random collection of 100,000 images ordered by only formal image properties change into a form of meaning, the ultimate moment of creation, the “from nothing to something” moment?

The image analysis software (by Geert Mul and programmer Carlo Prelz) is designed as a kind of mixing console to explore and generate image selections and arrangements, and store those in high resolution.

After a good deal of experimenting Mul arrives at a composition that is to his liking. ‘That choice is purely intuitive. In that sense I’m no different from a composer making a composition.’ Titles are given on the basis of associations with the work in question.    

Gallery Ron Mandos 2003, 2005, Stedelijk Museum Schiedam 2018