2018 / COLLAGE COMPOSITES OF PUBLICLY-ACCESSIBLE INSTAGRAM IMAGES
Murmurations I & II
Murmurations I & II is a series of ‘collective self-portraits’: abstract visualizations inspired by flocking1 patterns found in nature.
Predominately comprised of selfies, Murmurations explores the large-scale patterns that emerge in society despite an emphasis on individual autonomy.
Each collective self-portrait is a composite of thousands of found images taken by different people from two different 'pop-up experiences': The Color Factory (San Francisco) and The Museum of Ice Cream (Los Angeles, Miami, San Francisco). Each image was publicly posted on Instagram; over 70,000 images are used in total.
The forced grouping of these images highlights their extreme similarities, supporting the idea that human populations will always spark conformity, no matter how individualistic each unique member imagines themselves. Trying to be different creates patterns of likeness, and these patterns creates a portrait of our collective self.