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  • Google Rhapsody Still
  • Google Rhapsody Still
  • Google Rhapsody Still
  • Google Rhapsody Still
  • Google Rhapsody Still
  • Google Rhapsody Still



Google Rhapsody
2016 | 9:30 & 31:00 | silent | 1080p | 30fps


[Note on parataxis: This work is executed with respect to the reader-author as a population of ideas; a context for thought and sensation. Portions cohere less through reflecting a mode of standardization, and more through confluence. It is my hope that engaging an excess beyond centralized accountability will lend itself to a more dynamic process of synthesis. Reading, here and in general, might be performed as a process of passing over or through material, rather than the locating of a focal point (thesis); impressing on one’s experience with a breadth of force. In this way, there is no pretense of landing, no selfsame retrospection, and no means to a final cartography.]

A single still serves as the onset for a potentially continuous chain of imagery. One image queues a search, providing Google with material which can then be evaluated for relevant content. The 30th included image of each search then serves to queue the next. Each second, 30 images are played so that every second of video corresponds to a new search.

As a web-crawling technology, Google’s indexing methods can be applied to anything linked on the web. This allows for a diversity of imagery which envelopes given disciplines of image-production. (e.g. aerial, tourist, or professional photography, graphic design, video stills, advertisement etc.) Additionally, beyond the intentions of media production, the wide range of documented contexts "out there" reflects - often unexpectedly - operative economic, social, and physical relations; relations which may become apparent, but which are perhaps too profoundly imbued in place to be extricated and reaped into a narrowly algorithmic intelligence. And yet, this aim resembles Google's service; to embody the environment as a refraction of digital assets, to provide a search engine which can swim across any given discipline, and to evince a semiotic coherence as indistinguishable as possible from that of the user, who in turn must suit the formalities of the search if they are to benefit.