This event is part of our Past Programme
In Search by Image, Live (Lena/Fabio), Berlin-based artist Sebastian Schmieg uses Google’s reverse image search engine to unpack the growing narratives around the infamous image of Lena Söderberg. Shot for a Playboy magazine centerfold in 1972, the image later became ubiquitous in its use by computer programmers to test software algorithms.
View Search by Image, Live (Lena/Fabio) by Sebastian Schmieg
Sebastian Schmieg examines the ways networked technologies shape online and offline realities, in artworks that range from shredded hard-drives from a Google datacenter to crowd-sourced versions of popular self-help books using Amazon's Kindle. His output encompasses websites, interface performances, algorithmic videos, online interventions, print-on-demand books or neural networks. He focuses on a critical engagement with the manifold and ubiquitous nodes of the Internet – both human and technological – as sites of the political. Previously his work has been exhibited at Transmediale, Berlin, Germany; Art Center Nabi, Seoul, South Korea; Bitforms Gallery, New York, USA; and Impakt Festival, Utrecht, The Netherlands. Sebastian Schmieg lives and works in Berlin.