me, kdg
Kim de Groot is a design researcher with an MA in new media. She is part of the lectoraat Communication in a digital age and teaches new media at the Willem de Kooning academy Kim's research deals with the inverted relation between image and reality. Moving from representation to the performative, from the visual to the infrastructural, images are no longer created to represent a reality but to manage it. Kim examines images as informational objects and traces the relations between image, event and media.

Case study: Flickr 'add note' feature

KdG

One of the questions of my research for Imaginary Property is: What are the production mechanisms of digital images that are being produced today? On the basis of various case studies, I'm trying to map out image production mechanisms through the images that result from these mechanisms. Flickr Add note feature

At this moment my case study is the Add Note feature of Flickr concerning the Flickr image production. I'm wondering how much the deconstruction of existing image production mechanisms will allow for the design of an alternative model of production?

Images as Maps of Networks > Internal Networks of the Image
The web-based photo application Flickr allows the user to add extensive amounts of metadata to images. The recently introduced Add Note feature emphasizes how much this metadata is actually physically inscribed into the image. (it requires an authentication, to be logged in, to 'write' in the image) This feature brings us closer to understanding the digital networked image as repository of data. Besides the archival function of these images they function as identifiers of network relations, they turn into maps. They map out the network of this particular image, they are images of networks.

Looking at the technical construct of the digital image, containing metadata, I could subvert the question: What networks is this image part of? to What networks are part of the image?
My aim is not to map out the Flickr image networks but actually to analyze the construction of network relations through or within the image. I would like to transform these image maps into a format that enables me to introduce different protocols for dealing with the image and its production.

Painting in Flickr
The painting as digital image turns into a map of relations.
Relations between actors, between images, between camera's.
(see Camera Finder, a feature of Flickr to find pictures made by
specific camera brands
http://www.flickr.com/cameras/)