During the New Media Festival “Lab 30” in Augsburg, Germany, visitors can send in photographs by MMS, which are then sorted by image-comparison software. The software immediately creates a film which is displayed on monitors and projectors.
We invited the public to photograph the evening with their own photo-capable mobile phones and to send the pictures to a central telephone number. These pictures of groups, individuals, street scenes, passers-by, events, performances, objects, buildings, etc. are collected in a database. A highly advanced image-recognition software, orders these pictures according to resemblance. The software compares the images in real-time according to formal criteria such as colour, colour shading, and contrast. The software then shows the ordered images to viewers as a film at 12 images per second.
When the film reaches the last image, it starts anew, reordering and incorporating any newly-added pictures. This becomes in effect a public film project, whose content is determined by the number and kind of submitted photos. A constantly developing and newly-ordered loop, the film can be seen, as well as newly-influenced, throughout the event.