Monday, 6 February 2012

Image Recursion

Are you familiar with Google's Search By Image feature? If not, you may want to watch this before watching the video below. Sebastian Schmeig, a Berlin-based artist, set up a recursive image search algorithm and animated the results at 12 images per second, tracing its evolutionary drift. Beginning with a transparent .png image file, the "Search By Image" function turns up the most similar image it can find and then searches for the closest match to that image, and so on. The resulting flip book of 2,951 images is fascinating and quite hypnotic.

Search by Image, Recursively, Transparent PNG, #1 from kingcosmonaut3000 on Vimeo.
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