Born in Chicago, 1981, Phillip Maisel is a conceptual artist who explores the relation between technology, memory and photography. On his A More Open Place series, whose title is a quote from Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, he uses the photo albums hosted on the social network as source of material.
Each image of the project is made by overlapping the pictures from a specific album of a Facebook user. To create the effect of piled imagery, the artist leaves his camera shutter wide open while browsing through the album’s content, picture by picture.
At the end of the process, Maisel gets diverse memories accumulated in one only register. “The technology is such that it allows one to view photographs in albums in quick succession, infinitely looping. Documents of entire vacations, of whole seasons can blur by in an instant”, as he explains.
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