me, kdg
Kim de Groot is a design researcher with an MA in new media. She is part of the lectoraat Communication in a digital age and teaches new media at the Willem de Kooning academy Kim's research deals with the inverted relation between image and reality. Moving from representation to the performative, from the visual to the infrastructural, images are no longer created to represent a reality but to manage it. Kim examines images as informational objects and traces the relations between image, event and media.

Image Evolution Diagrams


Image evolutions: from image plane to modules, to globes

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My object of study is the production and distribution of different kinds of digital networked images in and by networks. Central to this research is the exchange between the visual and the infrastructural. One of my main questions is, whether the structural and organisational role of images in digital networks has become more important than the visual representation of images?
Through making diagrams I try to include both the findings of my research as well as to speculate on the current status of the (digital/networked) image. For my case studies, the Image Map & Modular image, i'm interested in the way the image body is disintegrating, moving from surface or plane to modules and globes.

The surface/modules evolution is based on my Image Map research.

The plane/globe evolution is based on an observation of Google Earth's Street View. In GE 5 the presence and availability of Street View imagery is marked by globe-like objects within the flat map view. In approaching the globes one experiences the transformation of rectangular image frame to a circular image frame. The question is whether it is an alternative kind of framing or whether this is an image without end, without (physical) borders? What does the 360 degree view stand for and how does it relate to the cinematic, panoramic and panopticum?