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Siebren Versteeg

Rhona Hoffman Gallery

The Internet’s ceaseless flow of information, the parallel universes that it births and destroys, the cacophony of perpetual interactivity it encourages, all create torrents of new, largely unregulated visual data. Siebren Versteeg designs programs and display strategies to tap into these streams, siphoning off bits here and there, rearticulating their systems of presentation, and ultimately jamming their promise of stability and ubiquity.

For Untitled Film #4 (all works 2007), Versteeg wrote a program that dips into flickr.com in real time and projects an unending and never repeating sequence of images grabbed at random from the more than two billion photos that individuals—usually amateur photographers—from all over the world have posted to the site. These images, projected for between three and nine seconds, fade in and out in various ways, in an inane democratic daisy chain. (One

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