Social Error is an exhibition on the use of social media today. It contains three projects. Black-out, Data overload and Coffee-table.
A silent protest to the meaninglessness of images of today. We used to see images as a valuable way to keep hold of a moment. The way we see
value in images changed drastically since the introduction of social media. How photo’s used to have value because of memories. Nowadays the value of images is determined by the number underneath the photo.
Black-out is an installation containing a computer and a phone, both displaying graphic interpretations of the major social media sites we use today.
By literally blacking out the images we see on these websites and keeping the focus on only the number, you realise you find one black square to have more value than the other, even though they're completely the same.
Data overloadAll the big social media companies we use on the daily collect data about us.Facebook has about 400 of my contacts, they know which apps I have installed on my phone. Facebook keeps track of how long you stare at an ad, if you click on it, and using this, learns what my interests are. Google knows where I have been, where I live, where I go to school. What I searched for, what video’s I watched. Apple keeps everything you have ever said to Siri, where you said it and when.
All these data is kept on servers and you are able to request a folder containing all the information Facebook has on you.Since 2012, Facebook collected 4500 photo's that I have sent trough private chat. Images I sent in 2012 are still to be found on Facebook servers. To visualise this huge amount of images you see Data overload, a video containing all the images. For three minutes, every second you see 25 photos, more than your eyes can proces. Video available upon request.
Video, 3:00min 25 images a second, 4500 images.
Together we post 1.8 billion images on social media every day. At this point we could question if all these images are contributing to the mass of images we have today. When we scroll through our Instagram feed we see so many almost indistinguishable pictures. On the social media platform, the most photographed image is the coffee cup from above.
When placing the images that we would normally "like" on social media in a book, the context completely changes. All of a sudden you will question why we found these images interesting in the first place. Why'd we like them online, but find them boring in a book? Perhaps a book should be used for something valuable. Are these images not valuable?
210 pages on glossy paper, 200 grams, hardcover, 200x200x30mm