Plot.online encourages critical reflection within our current image cultures, in which, as the overall number of images constantly increases, the time we spend looking at individual examples inevitably shrinks. In addition to reflecting on the impact of this dynamic of image production and consumption on our perceptions and thoughts, this project also examines the abundance of narrative networks, augmented by individual and collective visual memories, that become entangled with this flood of images. While some of these imagistic narratives gain traction and become iconic, many of them just flow by in this ongoing stream, being immediately replaced by new visualizations and associations.
I launched Plot.online in 2015 as a response to these conditions and to offer a platform to international contributors from any field, to explore and document the multifarious potentials of images and their shifting narratives.
Contributors include: Artists Becca Albee, David Court, Carl Diehl, Wiebke Grösch & Frank Metzger, Oliver Husain, Rit Premnath, Peter Scott, Gernot Wieland and Christine Woditschka; art historians Kate Palmer Albers, Barbara Buchmaier, Andrew Finegold, Blake Stimson, and Kirsten Weiss; art history PhD students Mia Kang and Nicoletta Rousseva; art theorist Sebastian Mühl; curator Alison Burstein; visual culture PhD student Julia Tulke; writer and researcher Avi Alpert; sociologist Saylor Breckenridge; chemist Alexander Heim-Riether; German scholar Sebastian Löwe; Matt Garite, Justin Park, Guy Witzel (literature).
The platform was realized in collaboration with Nawaaz Ahmed, a writer and former software engineer based in Brooklyn, NY.