Flickr user, Brevity has created a program that given any tag, for instance the word shadow, selects 50 random Flickr images that contain the tag, and then layers their contents, effectively producing an "average" image of whatever the program is told to search for. The visual results are beautiful, mysterious and muddy, reminiscent of a young oil painting scrubbed down to the canvas, or a Gerhard Richter.
Conceptually rich as well, the computer-created images pose many intriguing questions about the dissolution of the subject, the collective unconscious, the perceived truth depicted in photographs, and the wisdom of crowds. Once again, Flickr is showing great potential in the journey towards a shared global visual memory; I'm beyond excited to witness the kinds of ideas it facilitates.
Image 1: 50 People See a Candle by Brevity
Image 2: 50 People See a Shadow by Brevity