The Image

Single-channel video | 12min | 2014

The relationship between texts and images is always full of tension. In Vilem Flusser’s essay Towards a Philosophy of Photography, he talks about how images represent the world and how texts abstract images which takes human beings one step further back from the world. Texts are a metacode of images. In this video, I put every word(s) (from part of Flusser’s essay) into Google image search and choose an image substitutes that word(s). The process is an inverse process of what Flusser described, using images to explain texts rather that using texts to explain images. But while the reader is reading the texts and images keep showing in screen, we will create temporal relationship between images and between images and texts. Is the texts explaining the images or the images explaining texts?