Over the last few years the importance of virtual social networks has greatly increased and has significantly changed the way we communicate. This is especially true regarding communication via images in the form of photoblogs or photo albums, for example. The majority of profiles are immediately filled up with images from digital cameras or mobile phone cameras and, in the main, document the predilections and activities of the profile owner. In my work, public tracks, I am particularly interested in this new form of photography in the World Wide Web. From the mass of photos belonging to a selected profile owner and the structure of their network of friends I attempt to create a “virtual portrait” of the person. In the process the size of the network and the connections within the circle of friends and acquaintances is decisive and has a corresponding effect on form.
Hubert Blanz, 2010
Hubert Blanz was born in 1969 in Hindelang, Germany, and currently lives and works in Vienna, Austria. He graduated the University of Applied Arts, Vienna, in 1999. Some of his recent solo exhibitions include Urban Codes, Foto-Raum, Vienna (2013), Homeseekers, Austrian Cultural Forum London (2013) or X-Plantation, Momentum Gallery, Vienna (2009), while also being part of group shows and events such as Spotlight, Museum der Moderne Salzburg (2009), The Art of Speculation, Kunstverein Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg (2010), New Frontiers, Design Factory, Bratislava (2010), Brave New World, Austrian Cultural Forum London (2010), Ringturm.Kunst, Leopold Museum, Vienna (2010), Fertile Cities, Institut francais d’architecture, Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine, Paris (2011), Mutations III. Public Images – Private Views, Carré Rotondes, Luxembourg (2011), Public Works, Museum of Contemporary Photography (MoCP), Chicago (2011), Un Mundo Audaz, Fundación Antonio Pérez, Cuenca, Spain (2011), No Time. Time phenomena. Phenomena of time, G.A.S-station, Berlin (2012), or Urban Interface. Cityscapes & Cross Mapping, ArchFilm Matinée, Sunday Afternoon special, Filmcasino, Vienna (2013).