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Glocal Similarity Map Engine Close-up


The Glocal Project is a massive contributive artwork. Two months before the launch of the project, we already have upwards of 8,000 submissions from more than 2,000 participants around the world.


One of the most challenging questions has been: how can we make sense of such a large collection of images?


These 'similarity maps' imagine how an anthropologist might attempt to build relationships between images in the Glocal Pool.


Through image analysis technology, each image in the pool is assigned a 'signature', which can be though of as the image's genome - the colours, composition, symmetry, etc. that define the image.


In these maps, a single image is linked to others that it is compositionally similar to. The further away from the center an image is, the less similar it is to the seed.


For more information, check out my blog -, or the Glocal website at


Also, please consider joining the Glocal Project Pool -


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Taken on January 7, 2009