Murmurations (2019)

A series of visualizations featuring thousands of public Instagram images.

Medium: Duratrans; LED lightboxes
Dimensions: 48x64in ea.
Commision: Self-initiated

Exhibition: Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition 2020
Location: York Art Gallery, York, UK
Dates: 03.13—07.18.2020 

Aesthetica Art Prize 2020 Press Release︎

Exhibition photographs by Stuart McSpadden
Murmurations is a series of ‘collective self-portraits’: abstract visualizations inspired by flocking patterns found in nature.

Comprised entirely of selfies, the series explores how social media is influencing behavior and the large-scale patterns that emerge in society despite an emphasis on individualism.

The forced grouping of these images highlights their extreme similarities, supporting the idea that human populations will always spark conformity, no matter how individualistic each unique member imagines themselves. Trying to be unique creates patterns of likeness, and observing these patterns may offer new ways of understanding ourselves.

Murmurations #23: 10,000 selfies (with a pink wall in Los Angeles) is shortlisted for the 2020 Aesthetica Art Prize