‘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 importance and actuality – especially in our times of privacy protection and social networks. This project is much more than just an art gimmick. It wants us to think about how we are dealing with the flood of information accessible through the internet and in which way is it affecting us? How important is image cultivation on the Internet and how important becomes my ‘Facebook-me’ ?
“The ‘fbFaces’ Project consists of 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. In our living space, a wallpaper is omnipresent, it surrounds us day and night until after a while it is no longer noticed. Within that context ‘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. 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 Roeder and Jonathan Pirnay.