Search by Image

From Rhizome Artbase
2011
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"Search by Image" is a series of algorithmic and experimental videos analyzing Google's image search function of the same name.

Sebastian Schmieg
30 March 2012

Search by Image is a series of algorithmic and experimental videos analyzing Google's image search function of the same name.

30 March 2012
Rhizome staff

"Search by Image" is a series of algorithmic and experimental videos analyzing Google's image search function of the same name. "Search by Image (Recursively, Transparent PNG, #1)" begins with an empty image. This image – a transparent PNG – served as the sarting point for an image search, whose result acted as the basis of yet another search. This recursive process was repeated 2951 times and then compiled into a video. While the video opens room for a lot of interpretation, what we actually get to see is a glimpse of Google's databases and secret algorithms. Other videos start with a photo of the artist himself, or with a search result for "earth". The experiments will be repeat over time.

Sebastian Schmieg
30 March 2012
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2011
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30 March 2012
Sebastian Schmieg