Nadav Hochman, Lev Manovich, Jay Chow
13 cities / 312,694 people / 2,353,017 photos
“The Aggregate Eye turns a spotlight onto the world of social photography, raising a whole new generation of questions concerning art and its place in society.” Paul Longo, Musee Magazine
“A genius new exhibition… examines the patterns created by our ever-increasing output onto social media.” Dale Eisinger, Complex
On Display (Click on the thumbnails to explore high-resolutions versions):
October 29 – December 5, 2013
Opening reception: October 29, 4 – 7pm
Lecture by Lev Manovich: ”From Atget to Instagram: Representing the City”
Followed by panel discussion with Lev Manovich, Nadav Hochman, Alise Tifentale, and Hyewon Yi
October 29, 7 – 8pm
Curated by Hyewon Yi and Alise Tifentale
Maps, photographs, and cinema are the principal technologies that individuals, small groups, and businesses traditionally have used to represent cities. Today, urban representations can be created by hundreds of millions of ordinary people who capture and share photos on social networks. If we were to aggregate these masses of photos, how would our cities look? How unique are the photos captured by each of us? Are there dominant themes regardless of location?
The Aggregate Eye, a project created by Nadav Hochman, Lev Manovich, and Jay Chow, investigates these questions. The collaborators downloaded and analyzed 2,353,017 Instagram photos shared by 312,694 people in thirteen cities over a three-month period. The large prints and video included in the exhibition combine these photos to reveal unique patterns. One set of images compares New York, Tokyo, and Bangkok using 150,00 Instagram photos. Another image, created by 53,498 photos taken in Tokyo over several days, depicts a gradual progression from day to night activities. A visualization of 23,581 photos shared in Brooklyn during Hurricane Sandy captures the dramatic narrative of that day.
This exhibition is a part of the Phototrails project, initiated by Hochman, Manovich, and Chow to investigate patterns in social media user-generated photography and video. The Atlantic Cities, Der Spiegel, The Guardian, and Wired have reported on the project.
Amelie A. Wallace Gallery
SUNY College at Old Westbury, Old Westbury, New York 11568
Hours: Monday - Thursday, 12 – 5pm, and by appointment
Exhibition walkthroughs with gallery director Hyewon Yi:
Monday, November 11, 1pm and Wednesday, December 4, 11am
Gallery contact: Hyewon Yi <email@example.com>