Taking a Query="line" for a Walk is a software-based animation that renders selected images from Flickr.com which are tagged with the word "line" as a never ending moving "line of lines."

The piece engages the idea of "line" both formally and in terms of language and the construction of meaning. The notion of a "tag" is interesting to me because of its "limited" bandwidth (a single word) yet numerous meanings; if we tag something with "line", what do we mean? In some cases the meaning is simply formal (such as in the multiple architectural images that are in the database), while in others the word may be used to describe its subject (clothes line, power line, subway line). The images in the piece are arranged to reflect these and other thematic groups as much as possible, while also attempting to accommodate for aesthetic soundness. Ultimately tagging defines, but it also shows the limitations of a language that tries to define atomically.

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