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Wallpaper Made Using 100,000 Facebook Photographs

What does it look like when every inch of a room’s walls and ceiling are covered with photographs? German art students Joern Roeder and Jonathan Pirnay decided to find out through their project titled “fbFaces”. Using a crawler that traverses the Facebook social graph, they harvested 100,000 profile pictures and used them to print out an intense wallpaper for the entire room.

fbFaces is an attempt to visualize the incredible amount of data and images that we are daily overwhelmed by, so that we can neither realize our own selectivity nor consider the amount of data perceived.

The wallpaper transforms the room itself into a flood of information. It surrounds us, cannot be estimated from distance; details can only be caught through determined selection. But then they vanish again – in a cloud of information.

(via Triangulation via Photojojo)


 
  • http://www.fotographix.ca Calgary Photographer

    I’m in the bottom right side of the frame ;-)

  • http://blog.wingtangwong.com/ Wing Wong

    Here’s a though: I hope they don’t try to sell any prints or reproductions of the photographs on their “wallpaper”, that is, unless they secured licenses and/or model releases for the images they appropriated from Facebook’s users.

  • http://blog.wingtangwong.com/ Wing Wong

    Here’s a though: I hope they don’t try to sell any prints or reproductions of the photographs on their “wallpaper”, that is, unless they secured licenses and/or model releases for the images they appropriated from Facebook’s users.

  • Chris

    They would only need model releases if it’s commercial, and they don’t need licenses if they have permission from Facebook.  Facebook has one of the most egregious TOS in the business and you grant them the right to relicense when you post.  (The same couldn’t be said for Flickr, Google+, Picasa, or just about anybody else)

  • http://blog.wingtangwong.com/ Wing Wong

    *facepalms*

  • http://blog.wingtangwong.com/ Wing Wong

    *facepalms*

  • http://blog.wingtangwong.com/ Wing Wong

    *facepalms*

  • http://blog.wingtangwong.com/ Wing Wong

    *facepalms*

  • Ariel

    OBVIOUSLY Wing Wong was referring to SELLING the wallpaper, which means it would be a commercial, money-making endeavor.

    The TOS for Facebook specifies that Facebook itself has rights to anything uploaded to their website. It does not, however, state that any of its users share rights to what other users upload. So, if Facebook as an entity wanted to market this kind of wallpaper, it would be perfectly legal since all of the members agreed to their media being owned by Facebook upon upload.

  • Ariel

    OBVIOUSLY Wing Wong was referring to SELLING the wallpaper, which means it would be a commercial, money-making endeavor.

    The TOS for Facebook specifies that Facebook itself has rights to anything uploaded to their website. It does not, however, state that any of its users share rights to what other users upload. So, if Facebook as an entity wanted to market this kind of wallpaper, it would be perfectly legal since all of the members agreed to their media being owned by Facebook upon upload.

  • privacy lover

    Unless, as I understand you have set your settings to either “friends only” or “only me”.
    Problem is that even if you do, and your friends do not, then FB can use your image found on your friends’ less secure page,
    Tricky.
    Be very careful. You may have many friends. Facebook is not one of them.

  • Chris

    No, it’s worse than that.  What I claimed was that to sell the wallpaper you would only need a license from Facebook, not each photographer.  That’s because you don’t grant rights to Facebook users when you grant them to Facebook, but you do grant Facebook the right to relicense the photo so they could grant a license if it were requested of them.  I note this primarily because I can’t see a reason they would demand that right (no other photo sharing system I’m aware of does) unless they saw themselves selling licenses to do exactly this sort of thing.