Düssel View On Going Since 2014 Web Platform Live Site

Düssel View is a web platform I am building to allow visual artists to create vastly extended series of repetitive images by inviting other artists to contribute to them. Users sign up and propose an initial series of images accompanied by detailed instructions on how others can make more of them. Through this platform I hope to investigate the boundaries and challenges of anonymous, uncontrolled, user contribution.

This project began by appropriating Google's Street View images as a way to minimize many of the idiosyncrasies brought on by differing artists’ aesthetic choices and sensibilities. In the future I hope to open the platform to other types of images as long as their forms can be exactly reproduced by anyone using commonly available tools.

Düssel View seeks to feature works that are too complex to be reproduced computationally or with the help of Amazon’s Mechanical Turks, but whose scale could not be achieved by a single individual working alone.

Kyoto Live Site

Kyoto is I series I began, and opened to contribution, of power lines in Japan appropriated from Google’s Street View. Kyoto’s plentiful power lines must be “shot” (screen grabbed) from single lane streets under cloudy conditions. The mix of Street View’s uneven joins and confusing electrical wiring, can be easily reproduced by other users to produce a large array of un-repeating texture.

Hokkaido Live Site

Hokkaido is another series I began and opened to contribution, this time of snow markers along Japan’s northern highways. Here the banality of the object draws attention to the manual labor involved in its repetition. Half of the images were produced by Cati Bestard following my detailed instructions.

Tokyo Live Site

Tokyo is a third series I began, and opened to contribution, of salaried Japanese business men and women. Decontextualization serves to highlight the uniformity of dress. Repetition however brings out inescapably human variations.