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“fbFaces“ is a project by Joern Roeder and Jonathan Pirnay, who study New Media at the University of Visual Arts and Design Kassel, Germany. The project deals with the issue of data accessibility on the Internet; a topic that is gaining more and more attention – especially in our times of privacy protection and social networks. ”On the one hand “Internet giants” like Google are coming under criticism for collecting any unsolicited information accessible, on the other hand it’s surprising how many intimacies we reveal voluntarily, especially in social networks like Facebook.” Read on for more.

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“fbFaces” is a Facebook crawler, built using JavaScript & PHP, that starts at the public profile of any fb-user, saving profile image, Facebook-ID and name, and afterwards continuing its way to the public profiles of the user’s friends. And so on…” -Joern and Jonathan

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An unimaginable flood of images with self-projection as its only purpose. 100,000 of these profile images were used (via Processing) to print a wallpaper for an entire room.” Joern and Jonathan

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fbFaces is an attempt to visualize the incredible amount of data and images that we are daily overwhelmed by, so that we can neither realize our own selectivity nor consider the amount of data perceived.” -Joern and Jonathan

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The wallpaper transforms the room itself into a flood of information. It surrounds us, cannot be estimated from distance; details can only be caught through determined selection. But then they vanish again – in a cloud of information.” -Joern and Jonathan

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SO Note: You can (kind of, but not really) find more on the artists by visiting Joern Roeder’s hidden card, and Jonathan Pirnay’s not at all hidden card. Thanks to Triangulation for the via.

David Dean
David is the publisher of Serial Optimist and writer of things that hopefully make people smile. You can also find him on HelloGiggles and Thought Catalog. He is a comedy lover and pop culture obsessive who loves crossing the line, a good story and original beauty.
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