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.

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The camera that portrays itself

As a follow up on the annotation caps that pre-divide your images, I have designed a cap as a mirror. Taking pictures with this mirror cap would introduce the image of the lens in the image. This work questions the presence of the camera in the image event.



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reconfiguring the camera lense

With designing mounting devices for camera lenses I try to reflect on the transformation of the image as a modular and preprogrammed visual object and speculate on how it could affect the tool, a camera in this case.

Instead of annotating the image in a separate web-based context I’m integrating the annotation process into the technique of the camera. In that way, the annotation process returns as a visual gesture within the image. I have designed (conceptual) annotation caps which should be attached to the lens.
The annotation caps also reflect on the concept of preemption in image production. With phone camera's the photographer is aware of the future context and use of the image. An example is the existing digital camera’s that come with You Tube capturing mode. Shoot, easy upload and share! is the advertising slogan. No more DIY digitizing, resizing or encoding, the camera does it all for you. I have reconfigured the tool in such a way that the distributive contexts are already embedded within the tool.



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the tool (in the) image

“Reimagining the camera” is one project in which I will trace the camera as ‘the tool in the image’. My two main questions are: How do different technologies such as web-applications and weblogs transform the role of the camera in the image event? Can the camera be reconfigured on the basis of the networked image? youtubecamera

To reimagine the camera allows me to work on the dualistic relation of tool and image. It enables me to move between the transformation of the image through tools and the reconfiguration of the tool departing from the new image.
I will compare images on the level of camera functionality, presence and general usage. Starting with classic photography such as press photo’s in which the presence of the camera and the recording of the image is hidden or invisible. Moving to camera phone imagery in which the camera plays a central role in the image event. Think of happy slapping images in which the presence of a (mobile phone) camera and its future networked live on You Tube is part of the violent act against a person. What is the significance of the camera being part of the image? How does it change the relation between the photographed subject and photographer?



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To walk around an image

The method I’m using for my visual research is to develop concepts in Sketchup, a 3D modeling software. The most interesting and inspiring aspect of the software is that it allows me to walk around an image. collection of notes detached from image planecollection of notes detached from image plane

playing with notes on the Flickr imageplaying with notes on the Flickr imageIn many ways it opens up the potential of the image. For example, turning the image in SketchUp into an architectural model, allows me to work with the archival potentials of the digital image.

In translating the notations added to the image (its metadata) into an 3D model, the status of the original image (the painting) is challenged.
SketchUp enabled me to manipulate the Image as Map of interconnected Note objects. A question is how the 3D models in SketchUp could represent the internal networks of the image at the same time to allow for a rescripting of relations and protocols of the Flickr image?
Does the Image as Map allow for a protocological development of this particular image?



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Monitoring image

Digital image devices, such as camera phones and digital camera’s, with a connection to various networks and being an ever present eye on the world, instigate a performative role of the image; monitoring. The eye of the interconnected camera does not just capture, it observes, evaluates and sometimes predicts.

The resulting imagery is inextricably connected to its productive technology, many times performing preprogrammed network protocols. A camera phone image of her dog’s poop in the metro configures the future of a Korean girl at the moment the image is being recorded and instantly uploaded to the web. Networked images allow for the management of power relations inscribed to it by software. This ‘image utilitarianism’ is a result of the social productivity stimulated by web-applications as well as by the easy access to recording devices. The combination of these tools makes imagination applicable, directly linked to implementation.



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Indexing image

Google Earth

While digitizing land new borders arise; borders between images. Is Google Earth a map or is it a political act of imaging land to own its image? Google earth/maps is one example of the indexing image. It illustrates the madness of imaging every bit of reality while finding the opportunity to reconfigure certain political and cultural concepts under the header of the semi-neutral concept of the map. The imaging of land by satellite corporations and Google eventually delivers them a valuable image. An image that contains powerful 'user' information on the basis of which Google updates its software: preferences.

One of my conclusions is that images are no longer created to represent a reality but to manage it. The image existence as data, being described by metadata, makes it readable and therefore manageable by the network. The visual and infrastructural meet on the meta(data) level of files and applications. Within this meta(data) context the image’ utilities and profits are measured and further developed; how useful is it? The image as facilitating entity is being developed by the network consisting of humans and even more of machines. People have become aware of the image as a tool, of its multiple uses and benefits such as indexing, besides its singular aesthetic richness.



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