A Rhizome commission, Dina Kelberman’s I’m Google is a stream-of-consciousness Tumblr blog consisting of images found on Google Image Search. Images that correspond with one another in form, subject matter, or theme are arranged in a grid that expands as the user scrolls: images of ping pong games give way to orange orbs, egg yolks, and balls of putty. Each image links to its "search by image" results on Google, where it is displayed in various other contexts along with "visually similar" images.From the artwork's FAQ:
I'm Google is an ongoing tumblr blog in which batches of images and videos that I cull from the internet are compiled into a long stream of consciousness. The batches move seamlessly from one subject to the next based on similarities in form, composition, color, and theme. This results visually in a colorful grid that slowly changes as the viewer scrolls through it. Images of houses being demolished transition into images of buildings on fire, to forest fires, to billowing smoke, to geysers, to bursting fire hydrants, to fire hoses, to spools of thread. The site is constantly updated week after week, batch by batch, sometimes in bursts, sometimes very slowly.
The blog came out of my natural tendency to spend long hours obsessing over Google Image searches, collecting photos I found beautiful and storing them by theme. Often the images that interest me are of industrial or municipal materials or everyday photo snapshots. I do not select images or videos that appear to be intentionally artistic. Happily, the process of researching various themes in this way has lead to unintentionally learning about topics I might never have otherwise, including structural drying, bale feeders, B2P, VAWTs, screw turbines, the cleveland pack, and powder coating.
I feel that my experience wandering through Google Image Search and YouTube hunting for obscure information and encountering unexpected results is a very common one. My blog serves as a visual representation of this phenomenon. This ability to endlessly drift from one topic to the next is the inherently fascinating quality that makes the internet so amazing.