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A short film that made us think

Con la intención de buscar una cierta estructura en el caos de las imágenes de Instagram, el joven Thomas Jullien se sacó de la manga este impactante vídeo. “An Instagram short film” son 1:46 minutos construidos con 852 fotos de 852 usuarios distintos y el resultado es sorprendete. Imágenes muy parecidas entre sí le permitieron animar realidades inconnexas para convertirlas en parte de un todo.

Por supuesto las reflexiones no se hicieron esperar. Franc Sayol se preguntaba a colación del vídeo en Playground: “¿Por qué TODOS hacemos las mismas fotos en Instagram?”. El debate estaba servido y la mayoría coincide en que: uno, nos gustan las mismas cosas. Dos, nos sentimos más seguros con lo similar que con lo diferente. Según Jaron Lanier, autor de “Contra el rebaño digital” y citado por Sayol en el artículo, “Instagram nació para darnos la oportunidad de captar el mundo desde nuestra mirada particular. En realidad, lo que está ocurriendo es que nos está obligando a adaptar nuestra mirada a los cánones que establecen sus propios usuarios”. También menciona a Nicholas Carr, autor de “Superficiales. ¿Qué está haciendo Internet con nuestras mentes?”, que sentencia: “cada vez pensamos más como actores que interpretan un papel frente a una audiencia y encapsulamos emociones en pequeños mensajes”.

Pero esto no es nada nuevo. No podemos dejar de mencionar el impresionante trabajo “Exactitudes” que el fotógrafo Ari Versluis lleva desarrollando desde 1994. En cada una de sus series, Ari documenta y agrupa gente con códigos de vestuario similares, poniendo en evidencia la latente contradicción entre individualidad y uniformidad. Con 140 series desarrolladas, no será difícil que encuentres la tuya. En la imagen “Los Americanos”, disparada el 2011 en Milán.

Pero más allá del porqué, también es interesante el después. Una vez mapeado todo el mundo físico, ya sea a través de Instagram o el omnipresente Google Maps, la experiencia de viaje tal y como lo habíamos entendido hasta ahora muta y obliga a nuevas vías: viajes a nuestro interior y subconsciente, viajes a los márgenes o viajes al ciberespacio y la realidad virtual…¿Estáis listos para empezar?

With the intention to create structure out of the chaos of Instagram images, young Thomas Jullien directed this shocking video. “An Instagram short film” are 1:46 built with 852 photos of 852 different Instagram users and the result is atonishing. Very similar images from different sources become a cohesive reality just by putting one image after another.

Of course reflections were immediate. Franc Sayol wondered about the video on Playground: “Why do we ALL take the same pictures on Instagram?” The debate was served and most agree that: One, we like the same things. Two, we feel more confident with similar things than the different ones. Mentioning Jaron Lanier, author of “You are not a gadget”, Sayol adds that “Instagram was born to give us the opportunity to capture the world from our particular perspective. But actually, what is happening is that we are forcing our eyes to adapt to the parameters set by their own users”. And also he mentions Nicholas Carr, author of “The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains” the following sentence: “Each time we were thinking more like actors playing a role in front of an audience and encapsulating emotions in small messages.”

But this is nothing new. We need to mention here the impressive work“Exactitudes” that the photographer Ari Versluis has been developing since 1994. In each of its series, Ari has put together people with identical costume codes in similar poses and background, revealing the latent contradiction between individuality and uniformity. With 140 series developed till today, it will not be difficult to find your own style there.

But beyond the reason of, it is interesting the notion of the “after”. Once mapped the entire physical world, either through Instagram or the ubiquitous Google Maps, the travel experience mutates and requires new paths: innermost travels, subconscious travels, travels to the margins or travels to cyberspace and virtual reality … Are you ready to start?

With the intention to create structure out of the chaos of Instagram images, young Thomas Jullien directed this shocking video. “An Instagram short film” are 1:46 built with 852 photos of 852 different Instagram users and the result is atonishing. Very similar images from different sources become a cohesive reality just by putting one image after another.

Of course reflections were immediate. Franc Sayol wondered about the video on Playground: “Why do we ALL take the same pictures on Instagram?” The debate was served and most agree that: One, we like the same things. Two, we feel more confident with similar things than the different ones. Mentioning Jaron Lanier, author of “You are not a gadget”, Sayol adds that “Instagram was born to give us the opportunity to capture the world from our particular perspective. But actually, what is happening is that we are forcing our eyes to adapt to the parameters set by their own users”. And also he mentions Nicholas Carr, author of “The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains” the following sentence: “Each time we were thinking more like actors playing a role in front of an audience and encapsulating emotions in small messages.”

But this is nothing new. We need to mention here the impressive work“Exactitudes” that the photographer Ari Versluis has been developing since 1994. In each of its series, Ari has put together people with identical costume codes in similar poses and background, revealing the latent contradiction between individuality and uniformity. With 140 series developed till today, it will not be difficult to find your own style there.

But beyond the reason of, it is interesting the notion of the “after”. Once mapped the entire physical world, either through Instagram or the ubiquitous Google Maps, the travel experience mutates and requires new paths: innermost travels, subconscious travels, travels to the margins or travels to cyberspace and virtual reality … Are you ready to start?

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