Arcadia by Invertebrate is a project “assembled from images that share the tag ‘arcadia’ in an online photo-sharing website.” Effaced, cropped, combined, and altered, the images then serve as surreal maps of earthly paradise: a stereotyped landscape of personal leisure, backyards, and harmless wildlife, all in the shadow of distant mountain ranges.
Fascinatingly, these are the source images from which Invertebrate built the project.
How would it look, I wonder, if you used the word “prison” as your tag, instead – or “suburb,” “home,” or, for that matter, “paradise”? What about “office” or “hospital” or “factory”? Or, less architecturally, something like “police”?
In any case, don’t miss Borderville, Invertebrate’s earlier and tactically similar project, featured on BLDGBLOG several months ago. For Borderville, “Invertebrate posted a request to the online film community for the titles of movies featuring border crossings. Borderville is assembled out of objects ripped from these movies.”
(Borderville, and Invertebrate, first discovered via Cabinet Magazine).