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Picture taken from DIE WERBUNG exhibition at Museum Kesselhaus Herzberge in Berlin Lichtenberg. Photo by Simon Vorgrimmler.

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Picture taken from DIE WERBUNG exhibition at Museum Kesselhaus Herzberge in Berlin Lichtenberg. Photo by Simon Vorgrimmler.

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So Intimate is a series of digital still images, which evolved from remixing image collections from search engines. Each individual representation of So Intimate is a combination of 255 images, which were collected via a image search engine. All images that were used to construct one edition have one thing in common, they were gathered by the same search term, which thus governed the overall aesthetic of the outcome.
These used images range from many different origins like, photography, illustration, painting and graphic design. Though each of the source images are not directly linked to each other, the concept of So Intimate engineers their context.
During the process of stacking 255 images on top of each other, all original images are sacrificed for the big picture, one So Intimate edition. With this technique you’re seeing many pictures at one, a visual summary of an online search term, revealing the visual essence of the subject.

It maybe compared to compressing the data stream that goes from our eyes to our brain. The need to compress and summarize data before we’re consuming them with our senses seems to be rising. In a time where consumption of media, say data, raised to a record level, the only logical step is to sum up multiple images into one, in order to quicker grasp the synopsis of what you’re looking at. The downside of this development is loosing control over ones ability to find an own interpretation of the matter, because ones decisions and thoughts are based upon the, possibly lossy, compression of the information one perceives.